Business-wise it was a somewhat challenging year for my candle business, but finished strong. I began a new venture with a friend and my leader in the candle biz—we partnered in starting a women’s business networking group and it took off and grew very quickly. And I had the pleasure and honor of covering some interesting stories, including a Spin-A-Thon event to raise funds and awareness about the issue of young girls being sold into slavery; the first “Farm to Table” event for Family Christian Development Center held at the Upper Room Banquet Hall at Coppes Commons; the five-year anniversary of the Nappanee tornado and the large food packing operation held at Nappanee Missionary Church to feed the hungry, just to name a few.
Nationally (and globally) the still-struggling economy, the great divide in our country, lack of available jobs and the endless election were the biggest news along with the tragedies of mass shootings of innocent people. There didn’t seem to be a lot of good in the national and international news, but I know there was good—we just hear more of the bad news and unfortunately the bad stays more prevalent in our memories.
In this latest unbelievable tragedy of killing innocent children the ray of hope for me was the conviction of faith of the parents. My prayer for them was that they’d somehow be able to turn to God and not away during this time of grief and from the interviews I saw that’s exactly what they’ve done.
So in many ways closing the books on 2012 and moving forward will feel good. I always look forward to the New Year with so much hope and anticipation, expecting good things. The uncertainty of what the New Year will hold is exciting.
What I am certain of is that there will be good times and bad times, gains and losses, heartbreak and joy, because that’s life. My hope is that the good, the gains and the joy will far outweigh the rest not only for me and my family but also for all of you.
Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year!
Denise Fedorow is a correspondent and columnist for The Goshen News. Her column appears every other week. While looking forward to the New Year, she said the years go faster every year so she strives to enjoy each day, counting the blessings and (hopefully) learning the lessons each day brings.