I cannot believe how quickly 2014 swept by. It seems that as I get older, time just flies. It’s definitely been a full year, and many wonderful things happened. I saw my sister and her daughter from Taiwan in Vegas. We spent about four days together. Although my family and I were not able to travel to Taiwan as planned, it was a blessing that they were able to come to the U.S. My other sister and her husband are doing much better and their health is improving. We missed seeing them in Vegas, but my brother-in-law had a medical emergency that prevented him from traveling. We met some of his former classmates who all travel together to a new destination annually. Now that’s a reunion. I am grateful everyday that I was able to reunite with my birth family. My husband informed me before Christmas that, unfortunately, we will not be able to go to Taiwan as a family again next year, but perhaps I might be able to go alone, or with our daughter. It’s been nearly three years since our initial reunion in Taiwan. I still haven’t learned Mandarin as I’d hoped, but once I graduate in May, I’d like to resume lessons.
In other news, our daughter is in her junior year in high school. She’s done extremely well, although it’s been tough. I’m always amazed at the amount of homework teachers give students, especially over the breaks, and how some assignments are due in such short periods of time. Seriously, it’s a crime. I keep telling her that college is much different. Stressful, yes, but at least most college professors give you a little more time to turn things in. She has been studying for the SAT and will take the exam in January. Tutoring is costing us an arm and a leg, but hopefully, will increase her score. She wants to attend college in California, so we’ve been tossing around the idea of moving back to California if she ends up getting into a college there. I have mixed feelings about this. My husband loves California and has fond memories of living in San Diego and Orange County. I, on the other hand, do not and absolutely hate the traffic. However, we have some close friends in O.C. and social workers there earn higher salaries than here in Arizona. Arizona is one of the lowest paying states for social workers. Sad, but true. Anyway, I digress.
This year promises to be an interesting one. Around spring time, I’ll be looking for a J-O-B. Searching the job boards for social work positions has been a little discouraging, as the area of work that I’m most interested in appears to be the lowest paying. But then, I’m not really that surprised. In just a few short weeks, the spring semester will begin at ASU. I have so enjoyed doing absolutely nothing over the break other than hanging out with friends, catching up on movies and sleep, and eating way too many carbs. I can’t say that I’m ready to begin my last semester in grad school, but I’m trying to keep my eye on the prize: graduation! So much must be done before then. This year, I hope to be a little more patient, joyful, and prayerful, and quite honestly, I’ll be glad when football season is over! Our home seems to be the hub of football watching activity. While all of the hooping and hollering is going on downstairs, I’m typically upstairs working on school work. Maybe this semester I’ll find a better study spot! I hope all of the hard work in grad school eventually pays off. We shall see…And I hope to make it to Taiwan next October! The Lunar New Year is just around the corner, the Year of the Goat.
Wishing you all a very bright and healthy New Year!