This year Ryan and I had a lot to be thankful for; some we can share and some have to wait a little longer. Particularly, we are extremely thankful to have each other. With the passing of Ryan’s friend and fraternity brother (Ryan C. Davis) on Oct 10, we were reminded how precious life is. It got us thinking…I had said that 2010 was one of the worst years I can remember (next to the year my Dad died) and while I still sort of think that, we have been able to look past the negatives and see some of the wonderful blessings we have experienced.

1) We made it through our first Door County summer. We didn’t get upset by slow-driving tourists that stopped on the highway to look at something, we didn’t have a car accident with someone pulling out not paying any attention to the road, and best of all we still got to enjoy some of our favorite spots without interruption.

2) We developed (and are still developing) skills that will help us overcome difficult situations. Our year started off rocky and continued on that shaky footing for quite a while before we regained control and could begin to work on making ourselves even better than we already are (I know hard to image we could get better but we have!).

3) We are both employed. Ryan continues to work for PDS, a company he has been with for over 6 years. I have the most amazing job and am finally using my BA as the Event Calendar Manager and contributor (live music and other miscellaneous articles) for the Peninsula Pulse newspaper. A guarantee for the summer turned into year-round employment as I maintain my position through the winter. I work with some really amazing and fun people and couldn’t be more thrilled.

4) We survived our first “joys of home-ownership.” We had many obstacles to overcome this year. Our mailbox was too low and needed to be replaced, our entire home needs remodeling, the same tree fell twice (the first half fell on the house and the second half took the power line with it), a 30-foot section of a massive blue spruce fell (taking the cottage power line with it and nearly hitting our house), our refrigerator and other appliances have and are failing, and the list goes on. Luckily, somehow, we managed to keep our wits about us and work together to keep our house as livable as possible. Some days are harder than others (as our downstairs bathroom is still in the process of being remodeled but almost everything has been ordered, some things delivered and we are making progress) but have definitely realized that we can get through anything together.

5) We were able to drive to Chicago to spend time with my family for Thanksgiving. While there we got to meet a new addition to our family, my oldest sister’s new puppy Cooper. He is a beautiful, loving and energetic puppy that gave Gizmo a challenge to keep up with as they played and played and played some more. Unfortunately we did not get to meet my brother’s girlfriend but we are hoping that we will for Christmas. It was so nice to spend time with my mom and siblings, especially since we will not all be together for Christmas this year. We also got to enjoy some delicious food; from vegan & gluten-free to the traditional staples, it was a feast fit for royalty!

6) A few other things that you’ll have to check back to read about!

As you can see, we had a lot of ups and tons of downs but have almost made it through the year. We are looking forward to additional blessing in 2011 and I hope that you will keep your eyes out for more writings to come. I promise, you won’t be disappointed…