Thursday, January 8, 2015

A New Year, A New Beginning

2014 has come and gone and we're over a week into 2015.  Whether or not you buy into the whole New Year's resolution thing , a new year, just like a new day and even a new breath offers us all a chance at a new beginning.  It's not really a resolution, but I hope and pray that I'll become a better husband and a better father in 2015.  That's been an ongoing wish of mine since Juli and I wed 12 & 1/2 years ago and since Ashlyn took her first gasp of air a little over 5 years ago.

The past 4 and 1/2 years have been an amazing experience for our family.  This little island nation of Ireland has become a 2nd home to us (a near first home to Ashlyn).  They say that once you live overseas for several years, you lose your sense of belonging.  I don't doubt that.  But, I've come to realize that there is something to be said for living in the land of your birth.  We always knew that our stay in Ireland would come to an end and so it is that 2015 will be the last calendar year of our Irish invasion.  In fact, we're only 6 months away from returning home.  We don't know where we'll live and we don't know exactly what we'll be doing, but we will continue to give of ourselves in the service of Christ, his people, and those around us.

So whatever your plans or your resolutions are for 2015, the Smith family wishes you all the best (as they say here in Ireland) and don't forget that every breath you take is an opportunity for a new beginning. - Shay  

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