It's been a good year. The kids effortlessly immersed themselves into their new school, making friends quickly and transitioning without a hitch. Their resilience, courage, and strength make them my true heroes, two little people who make me more proud than words will ever describe.
They love living here and have grown to love the simplicity this small town has to offer. They appreciate the beauty of the landscape, the intimacy of the town, and the activities that don't require a small fortune to enjoy.
The year has been one of ups and downs for me, but it has been without regrets. My commute went from an hour each way to eight minutes, my work day went from ten hours with travel to six. I have more time with the kids than I've had since before starting my job, which was one of the biggest draws to living in the small town.
I've become reacquainted with my hometown, and it has folded me back into its flock as if I had never left, and it's welcomed my kids as if they belonged from day one.
There's a bit more wind (ha!) than we would like, and winters are bitter cold, but once spring arrives and the town awakens and opens its doors to tourists from all over the world, we awaken with it and enjoy our spectacular little city.
I hope that next year on this day I will have many more awesome things to write about, and that we are flourishing more with every day.