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TAILS – “Three Things”
Tell three things you learned in 2008.

This weeks prompt was amazingly harder than I thought it would be. To say 2008 was a learning curve for me, is a fact. My challenge with this prompt, is putting what I think are the most valuable lessons in a positive light (because that’s just me. Or who I am trying to get back to, at any rate.)

  1. Fragility. Being a realist in most cases, I was surprised at how I had underestimated the fragility of life. I thought I was good at living life to its fullest each moment, but I wasn’t even close. Those I hold dear are now of the utmost importance to me. Things like money and jobs, while important and necessary, are less likely to keep me up at night. My dreams are filled with moments with the ones I love and how to get more of those times. Each one to be held tenderly and close.
  2. The strength and power of my children. This one is not something I was unaware of or had underestimated, so I should have been expecting it. Yet it astounds me to the core, the capacity and strength of their love for each other and our family. Life can beat them over the head with a 600 lb. mallet, and together they can get up, support each other and conquer all.
  3. Patience. There is nothing more adept at teaching patience than buying a house. Although my past experience hanging out for days or weeks in hospitals had warmed me to the idea of patience, home purchasing puts the keenest edge on this skill.


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  1. Sue

    It seems that 2008 was not too kind to many of us HOT participants. Cheers to a much better 2009! Thank you for your visit 🙂

    Sue’s last blog post..Three Things I Have Learned In 2008

  2. Mar

    Hang in there…. this HAS to be a better year for the entire Den!

  3. Something me and hubby have opposing points of view on is the importance of people vs. things. He’s more THINGS oriented. Maybe becuase of how he grew up? I’m not really sure..

    Although me and my kids aren’t as close as either we used to be or how I thought we used to be, I know they have a bond with each other. They will rally around when one needs help.

    Patience. Hmm. That IS a hard one to master.

    Skittles’s last blog post..Heads Or Tails #72 – Three Things

  4. Good post! It does seem that we learn the same things again and again with varying degrees of validation. Wishing you a happy 2009!

    Tumblewords’s last blog post..Viduity

  5. I think that the relationship your kids have is just beautiful! My brothers and I live on opposite sides of the country and only see each other on holidays. I really wish we had a closer relationship.

    And yes! House buying will try the patience of anyone! I think I’ve decided we’ll just keep adding on to ours and never move just to avoid it! LOL

    Lesley’s last blog post..Robot Babies!!! Eek!

  6. You have indeed had an eventful 2008 … but it sounds like you came away with some wonderfully positive aspects. Here’s to taking those positives and multiplying them throughout 2009!!

    Lisa – Life is Like a Box of Legos’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – "Anticipation"

  7. Patience is something I need to work on 😉 I have some… honest… I just prefer to not have to use it. hehe

  8. The one good thing about 2008 is that we got through it and survived. 2009 is going to be a great year because I said so. LOL

  9. You made it though 2008…and 2009 is going to be better…

    elijahssong’s last blog post..Odds and Ends…

  10. It sounds like you have some special people in your life and have learned to appreciate them.

    Buying a house, building a house – does teach you patience.

    Anna’s last blog post..Heads or Tails – 3 Things in 2008

  11. Lee

    Life is just a harsh teacher…nothing will ever change that fact. The true measure of character, however, is in the way you deal with the lessons life throws your way. From my observations in the short time I’ve known you, Vixen, your character is pretty strong. Here’s to a 2009 with few unpleasant surprises and many rewards.

    Lee’s last blog post..It’s A Passion…And Almost An Obsession

  12. I love the closeness of your family. I can see it in every post how much they mean to you. I hope 2009 blesses you in ways you can not imagine. You deserve it.

    jenn’s last blog post..Vacation Destination?

  13. Vixen, you have to know that the strength you see in those kids and the love that keeps them together, is based on and grows from the love they have known from you. May 2009 bring happiness and joy for your whole family!

    Anna’s last blog post..BAO-IOTW 01/05/09

  14. This is a beautiful post. Such warmth and love here….I am thinking of moving on and the thought of buying real estate again is harrowing. Realtors teach us to love simple, honest, rational people. Truly. God bless, and God bless your family.

    SandyCarlson’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Monkeying Around with Tracey the Tree at the Rainforest Cafe

  15. Poignant post … powerful lessons … methinks taking time to ponder such things is essential and I appreciate you sharing. I wish I’d had time to participate yesterday … and perhaps I’ll do so belatedly, but not today.
    Hugs and blessings,

    storyteller’s last blog post..Wordful Wednesday – When Answers Come …

  16. Powerful response to the prompt. I am just starting to come out of my funk and return to blogging so I hope you will bear with me and visit still. Giant hugs.

  17. Your #2 makes me want to have children :o) Maybe one day.
    Have a wonderful week, Vixen!

  18. The fact that you found more love and closeness in your family is payment enough for the troubles, don’t you think? If you have your faith, health, and family you have it all.

  19. Your family sounds great! Happy belated New Year!! 🙂

    Jaden’s last blog post..Snow Bunnies

  20. Patience is indeed a virtue. Doesn’t make it easy to keep your cool, but it makes it wise.

    Gennaro’s last blog post..Recycled Masterpiece: Chandigarh’s Rock Garden

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