Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking Back & Looking Forward


The McHawes Men
 As I look back on 2011, I must say it wasn't really all that bad. In fact I would have to say I was truly blessed during the past 12 months. Every year has its ups and downs, that's life. But, I must say this past year was a definite "UP" year for my family and I.
 It started in April, I was given the opportunity to transfer from a place at work that I could not have been more miserable to a place where the job is great, my partner is great and my boss is off the charts.

That same month my son left for the USMC. Even though he still battles the homesick bug he is doing really well and I am very proud of him. The spring rolled into the summer and football season began. We did not finish with the record that we wanted, but I had a great time and I feel I had the chance to coach along side the best coaching staff around.

My children are healthy and doing great in all they do. My photography business had a great year. 

My Cardinals won another Championship. Man, what a season and series.

However, the event that truly shows blessed we were happen late in the summer. My Father had six heart attacks. He was out of the hospital in less than a week and back to work, without restrictions, within a month. He is doing great. What could have been the worst year turned into the greatest because my Father is still here and just as rotten as always. I am not sure what I would do without my Dad.

Looking at 2012, I have some high expectations. I will not say I have resolutions, but I have some goals that I want to accomplish. I want to take the weight off that has resulted in me taken a few different pills to keep my numbers in order. I am not unhealthy, but I could be better with my lifestyle. I kind of want to hang out for another 30 or 40 years or so.

In regard to 40, well I hit that in July. Wow! Where did those years go? I hope at 40 I will have learned how to be a better Dad, husband, son and friend.

I can't wait for football season. I am ready for a new era in Blackcat football to begin.

I can't wait for Cardinal baseball, How many days until Spring training?

Above and beyond all, I have a few friends that are faced with family members having SERIOUS health issues. I asked they are blessed and healed this year so they can celebrate many more New Years to come.

Happy New Year and welcome 2012!  I leave you with this video from Josh, Things Are Fixin to Get Real Good.

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