Looking back, moving forward


I was going to start this entry by saying good riddance to 2007. But after reflecting, and taking into account my new resolution to be positive, I've decided that with the bad comes good. Sometimes you just have to dig for it!

My resolution for 2007 was to work towards being debt free.

Glen closed his office and moved it back home in April. The office was an unnecessary financial burden, and while its not always easy having everyone home every day, we were lucky to get out of the office lease like we did. By, August, we were merging our company with another. I didn't like the idea at first, but again, it did have its advantages, namely, health insurance. Glen was spending way too much tme away from home. Didn't like that, but regular checks were nice. But by November, the merger fell through, so Glen is back home again. I now share my scrap room with him. He likes working in there because it's clean, and quiet. Same reasons I like it. LOL He really does try to be considerate if I'm in there trying to be creative. The upside to him being home again is that I have cooked exactly ONE MEAL in 2 months! Gotta love a man that loves to cook! LOL

Megan is doing well in school. She managed to wise up and crack down during her sophomore year at college. This is a blessing.

Ethan got his G.E.D right after his 17th birthday and joined the Army. He was medically discharged after 5 weeks. I'm thinking this is a blessing.

Caitlyn made her move into the modeling world. She is pursuing her dream. This is a blessing.

Peyton, well, she is 11 years old. She's a blessing, just cuz I say so. :-)

Our health has been good. This most definitely is a blessing. Our family is together. This is a blessing.

So, in hindsight, 2007 wasn't a terrible year. We did manage to pay off several of our debts, including an expensive truck payment.

Looking forward into 2008, the resolution is a little broader... Create, Simplify, Be Positive.

Create: I am going to schedule time for myself. Here is a sign that my daughter made for my scrap room door.

Simplify: Still working on paying off debt. Also, just say NO. I don't need to fill every square on my calendar.

Be positive: Just like it sounds. Don't dwell on the negative, find the silver lining. There almost always is one if you look hard enough. :-)

Some scrappy challenges that I'm excited about this year:

The blog challenge, right HERE! I've got them all lined up for the year and I think y'all will love it!

The Year in the Life challenge, right HERE! I'll be posting one word each week and altering playing cards. (I posted the box I made to keep them last week, just scroll down to see it.)

The Photo a Week challenge on 123-Scrap.

The Book of Us and the Kitchen Keepsakes challenges on Feeling Scrappy. LOVE these challenges!

I don't know what else I'll do, but this is a good start.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year! I will see you right here Wednesday morning with our first blog challenge! :-)


  1. I really like how you have decided to look at last year and how you made your resolutions for this year - I may steal (ahemm...I mean be inspired by!) this post to do my own looking back/looking forward thing.
    Can't wait to play along with the challenges!

  2. Just wanted to say welcome again to ScrapWords and thanks for pointing me in the direction of Google Reader - I am so happy!

  3. Love the new look of your blog and really like what you wrote, there is always something good in everything--sometimes you just have to look a lot harder.

    Looking forward to 2008 and to seeing what kind of trouble you are going to get me into :)))

  4. Great resolutions. looking forward to your blog challenges. :)

  5. Looking back definitely helps. Its good to remember the "not crappy" things that happened :)

    Happy New Year, best wishes for 2008.

  6. Suzanne, you have always had a way of looking at the bright side. Thanks for reminding me to make lemonade out of the lemons in my life!

    All the best to you and yours in 2008!

  7. Suzanne, thanks for adding DixiePieces to your blog; we're honored!

    And I hear ya about the positive part. Life has a way of wearing you down. I just started a new book by Max Lucado called Facing Your Giants. I figure my giant is probably ME! :( So, it's all in the attitude, and I'll work at changing mine, too!