Sunday, December 4, 2011

20 Great Things...

Carson the Great on skis for the first time

Trading a school day for a ski day...

The year 2011 has been a super eventful one for the Hickle family.  More than anything, we've been reminded that we do not control our own lives.  We have an awesome, amazing, and loving God who's in charge of that.  With that in mind, we can live each day with confidence that His plan for each of us is perfect; at the same time, we'd better live each moment with purpose, and remember that joy is in the journey.

It can be hard for people to understand how I've embraced this year as our best one yet.  As humans, we tend to associate "struggles" with "bad".  To me, struggles that shake up our lives so much & turn us to our Creator without a blink are a blessing.  An opportunity.  A little glimpse of Heaven.

When I was a kid, I had a recurring dream where I was hanging onto the last car of the racing roller coaster with just one hand; both legs were flying in the air, and the wind in my face kept me gasping for each breath.  I was scared to death and having fun at the same time.  I was able to hold on, barely, but just enough.  In so many ways, this past year has felt like that dream come to life.  And despite the crazy turns that have left me feeling derailment was imminent, our family has made some pretty cool memories.

Since life is pretty slow, with lots of time to spare these days :), I've decided that the last month of the year would be a great time to re-capture 20 great things from 2011.  If I'm actually going to follow through, some days might not be more than just a picture and a quick caption, but hey, I'm going to stick with it!

Today is #1.
One of my favorite events of 2011 was taking all our boys skiing for the first time.  I guess not just the first day, but this year marking our first year of doing it as a family.  Well...this one was actually more me and the kids.  But I figure this was God's way of giving me a chance to catch up and hopefully be able to keep up with Keith from here forward!  Skiing with the boys has certainly been a highlight for me this past year.  Listening to Carson argue that going downhill backwards is actually the right way; having Cole fall off the chair lift not just once, but twice, in about an hour's time; following Clay down a trail that I couldn't navigate, leaving several upside down skiers in my wake and most of my gear missing in the snow.  Those are fun times we'll be laughing about for years to come. :)

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