We Made It


I know many of you that are feeling just that…We made it.

It has been a really hard year for many.

I have watched friends hurt this year like I have never seen before.

I have watched friends lose a parent, bury a child, get layed off and struggle financially.

My heart has been broken many times knowing how much pain people have been in this year.

Gone are the years of being naive.

Some years this is what being an adult feels like.

But…. I have also watched babies be born,

marriages renewed,

friendships grow stronger,

businesses flourish,

creativity soar,

prayers answered,

hearts healed,

dreams being followed.

I have watched another year of my children grow up.

I have my parents.

I have been blessed with deep and real friendships.

I have been given a partner that loves me uncondidtionally.

We made it.

Through the good and the bad we are here at the end of the year ready to start another one.

Hopefully we are a little wiser, more forgiving, more compassionate, more appreciative.

The bad things do that to you.

They open your eyes to all that is good.

The hurt softens you and hopefully helps the good shine a little more.

I hope that if you have had a year of hurt that the good shines down on you this coming year and you see the world differently.  Better. More beautiful. 

I hope you let us build you up and love on you more.

I have loved having all of you in my life this year.  

I can't wait to share a new year with you…the good and the bad.

We made it.


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  1. Heather

    Amen! Amen! and AMEN!!
    Loved this!
    Much love to you and the next year, Jeanne!

  2. LouBoo

    Well said – I feel the same; this year has felt very ‘grown up’ to me with friends facing some very grown up issues that affect health and marriage and all that we stand for. But I have a good feeling about 2011…Lou cc

  3. Mikal

    Happy New Year Jeanne! Meeting you was a wonderful time in 2010 for me… I hope that this coming year is a blessing to you and yours!

  4. Hope Ellington

    Happy New Year Jeanne! Amen….I tend to like having a positive outlook. I had a close friend loose her father in law the same day as a grandchild was born….in the same hospital. The grandpa was able to see the grandson….and then peacefully passed away. I think that is the true circle of life. Yes….the gradndchild became his namesake. Blessings~Hope

  5. mcm538

    Beautifully said. I love you and pray that you and your precious family have a blessed new year!!

  6. Cassie

    Oh wow…I love this post! It was a hard year…but after reading that I can say, ‘I made it’ and smile! 🙂 Thanks. Happy New Year!

  7. Sharon

    What a lovely post. Hard year or not we all have a chance to start fresh with eyes towards positive change today. Thank you for sharing your world with us 🙂

  8. Destiny

    Sweet words that almost always hit home (and make me tear up!). Have a VERY Happy New Year Jeanne! I’ll throw a snowball from my house to yours…Let me know if you get it ; ) ~Destiny

  9. Thank you so much for the perfect words to end the year. I feel so many of the same emotions as I end this year. It has been a rough one here as well. But I look forward to this upcoming year with hope. Thank you for always giving me a lovely place to go with your blog. I’m send you my very best wishes for a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2011!

  10. kathy

    Such a beautiful post, little one. Let’s always remember this past year and all the gifts it brought…for me, your friendship was one of my favorite blessings! XOXOXO

  11. Dore

    Thank you Jeanne,
    Peaceful journey into the new year 2011.
    God Bless,
    Blessings enough to carry you through the year to come you soulful one.

  12. Elaine

    Hi Jeanne loved your words so touching I just wanted to wish you & your family all the best for 2011 may all your dreams come true!! I am so soryy I havent been by to see you in such a long time life has been busy with family & my house build I have negected my blog & blog friends 2011 for me will be to hopefully be a better blogger (time will tell hee) Elaine x

  13. kolleen

    such beautiful words and sentiments from such a beautiful soul.
    you are truly one of a kind jeanne.
    i feel so blessed to know you.
    loving you

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