It is so hard to believe that another year has passed.
It’s been a doozy for our family.
2015 brought us five hospital visits, and two additional diagnoses.
It brought new pets and aquariums (I really, really don’t want to actually figure out how many. It’s best if I stay in denial).
It brought progress and change and sadness and love and laughter.
This year brought our first wheelchair.
It brought so much support from our family and friends that I cannot catch my breath.
It brought a check in the mail from a generous, anonymous donor – just when we needed it for out of control, insurance won’t cover this, medical bills.
It brought what seems like a million cups of coffee and almost as many glasses of wine.
This year brought my husband and I closer than we have ever been before.
Overall, 2015 was an incredible year.
I was asked last week why I write this blog. Why I take the time when I have so many other things on my plate. Sometimes, when I am asked that question, the only answer I have is, “Because I am pretty sure this is what God wants me to do right now.”
And that is still true.
But last week, I knew there was now another reason for my writing.
The reason is you.
I have fallen in love with my readers – with you. I adore your comments, your concern, your jokes, and your wisdom. I am committed to trying, as best I can, to encourage you, to make it a little easier, and if nothing else, to make you laugh.
I pray I do it well. I pray you feel the heart behind my writing, even when my words can’t quite communicate the depth of emotion I feel.
Below are the Top 5 Posts from 2015. They are a familiar, wild mix of all the messiness that makes up this beautiful life that I (that we all) have been given.
I know they will seem just as familiar and just as wild to you as well.
With so much love, gratitude and respect, I wish you a very Happy New Year.
See you in 2016.
Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.