By now, a lot of people have made some resolutions for the coming year (2012 is, after all, about 9 hours away here).  Things they want to change about themselves or their circumstances, or things they would like to accomplish.  For the most part, people give up on New Year’s resolutions pretty quickly and without much thought, which is why I generally don’t make any.  Yes, I have made some in the past, but they have generally been more like goals than resolutions, like when I “resolved” to run a marathon in 2009 (mission accomplished 11 days into the year at the Disney Marathon, which I registered for months in advance).

I am going to make a slight exception to my no resolutions rule for 2012, and make just one resolution.

We have been on our Adventure in Aspieland for just about a year now (at least officially on the adventure).  My one and only resolution for the coming year is to continue to educate myself about autism and Asperger’s while being (hopefully) an effective advocate for Kaitlyn, all the while posting our experiences, both good and bad, with Kaitlyn.  And yes, there will be bad/negative things that we will experience this coming year, and the measure of Amber and I as parents will be how we respond to and overcome any challenges presented to us.

I think I gave a pretty good recap of our 2011 earlier, and I know that we have a very solid foundation in place to make 2012 even better than 2011.  Amber and I have grown as a couple and as parents, and we know that 2011 tested us more than we hoped or expected it would, but we are proud of our growth as a family.  I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings us, and the ways that Kaitlyn will continue to amaze and baffle us all at once.

The most difficult part of my personality is realizing that I have less control than I suspect I should have.  I have, in the last few months of 2011, began to let go of the wheel so to speak and follow the plan that has been laid out for me.  I realize that I will struggle with the master plan over the course of 2012, but when I do, I will look to Proverbs 16:3 for guidance to get back on track:  “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”  I know that it is probably not humanly possible to ever fully achieve my goal, but I will pursue it with happiness and joy.


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