I can’t wait to go home–Beatrice is already there, getting ready for our party tonight! And I know the commute will be a little insane with today’s unexpected snow storm!
A Time Magazine article I read this week got me thinking. “The Worst Decade”–that’s what they claim 2000-2009 is. Apparently, we’re more disillusioned now that ever. Wars, refugees, natural disasters…
They do have a point–we entered and exited this decade in a recession. And it seems like the weather is against us these days–doesn’t it?
But wonderful things have happened for me in the last decade. My son was born in 2000. I moved to the United States with my family and I love living here. Even the last year hasn’t been all bad.
Twice this year, I was able to travel to Ethiopia to see the child I’m sponsoring through our program at work. Her name is Haymanot; she’s so lovely! I feel inspired by her optimism in the face of great obstacles. Here is a slideshow from my trip in March, 2009: slideshow.
I’m inspired, too, by the donors of CNEWA. As I mentioned in our year-end newsletter, I was prepared for the worst in 2009. But the donors’ generosity exceeded our goals! There is still a lot to do in the countries we serve. But we are still alive and kicking and willing to light more candles instead of cursing the darkness. I’m going into 2010 optimistic. And, provided the traffic isn’t terrible, I’ll start that celebration soon!