This post will be the Mama-of-sick-children’s shortened version of the pensive, reflective post I’d like to write on the Eve of the New Year. (too bad I didn’t resort to a shortened version of that sentence) I’m actually glad for the excuse, because I have no idea where I’d even start recapping this year, let alone waxing eloquent on what everything meant to me (what is it with the long sentences today?).

There. That’s better.

We started the year off with a bang. A date with my honey to the Orange Bowl in Miami to watch the VT Hokies beat the UC Bearcats on New Year’s Day. The Miami Metro Zoo on the 2nd. Our 11th anniversary on the 3rd. Nina’s 3rd b-day on the 5th.

Then we had a bit of a drought. No more zoos until the Tulsa Zoo (love you, Elizabeth!) on April 14. Then 28 more zoos in 3.5 months. A Big Party. An appearance on the Early Show.

Then 5 months filled with uncertainty and joy and doubts and discouragement and comfort and stress and hope and frustration and blessings.

Frankly, I’m ready to take a deep breath and start fresh tomorrow. In 2010. I’m not naive enough to think that everything will be easy and beautiful when I awaken in the morn.

For one thing, I’m having deja vu from January 2008 when we spent the first 10 days of the New Year in abject misery due to a virus that nearly slayed us all.

For two, I don’t have the best track record with making fabulous resolutions and sticking with them for the next 365 days.

I thought about making a short, one-sentence resolution like Gretchen, but I can’t even come up with that. I considered answering these 7 questions from Mr. Hyatt, but too hard. Love this post from Big Mama, but she already took all my words.

Maybe I’ll just reflect a little at a time over the next few weeks. And figure out bit by bit what God wants my 2010 to look like. I know one thing. I desperately want to place all my hope in Him, not anything/anyone else. I want to be thrilled by the things that thrill God. I want the things that matter most to me to be the things that matter most to Him. I want my feet to stay on the exact path He has mapped out for my life and not wander off on some dead-end trail of my own lame choosing.

I want more and more intimacy with my Savior.

Continuing in the vein of “please let me pray for you,” what is one thing I can pray for you for this coming year? Seriously, I’d love to spend New Year’s Eve praying for you. If I had my druthers, I’d be partying with friends, eating and drinking yummy things and playing euchre or Balderdash. But since we’re modern-day lepers right now, there’ll be no contact with the outside world. Maybe God knew I needed a quiet New Year’s Eve this year. Maybe He knew some of you needed someone to pray for you as you head into 2010.

So, tell me one or the otherĀ  (or both):

1. What fun plans do you have for tonight?

2. How can I pray for you as we begin a brand new year?

Thanks for making 2009 such an amazing year for me and my family! Love you all!