Goodbye 2016

We said goodbye to a lot of things this year.

  1. In January, we said goodbye to dollars when our health insurance increased 50%.
  2. Our farewell in February was to our furnace.
  3. March came in like a lion when I had emergency gall bladder surgery.
  4. We bid adieu to our central air in April.
  5. May was not mild as we watched our washer die.
  6. Fireworks came early when a lighting strike killed our computer in June.

I thought we finished saying goodbye as the second half of the year passed uneventfully. But we were just getting ready for the hardest goodbye of all when my father-in-law died. You can prepare for some goodbyes with an emergency fund, but death always comes unexpectedly and too soon.

It reminded me of what is truly important – family. You can’t pick your family, and we may drive each other nuts, but during the hard times, that is who we lean on.

I also don’t know what we would have done without our friends and our church. The meals they brought over were wonderful and filling. Who can resist lasagna?

So, for 2017 I am going to try harder to spend more time with family and friends. (But first, I’m going to give myself time to grieve.) A wise man told me, “People are more important than things!”

Invest in people, not things, in 2017!

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