Blessings were plentiful for our family in 2010

Marie Bakken

Wow...another year has passed and what a year it was in the Bakken household. We had a lot of first and new experiences and with two children under the age of six, I’m sure 2011 will be filled with many more blessings.

Our year started off with a trip I got to mark off my bucket list, attending the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Husband Buck, kids Bradley and Hannah and myself hoped in a truck, a plane, a bus, a boat and finally a car to get from Milano, Texas to Victoria, BC.

Buck’s mom Robyn and step dad Chris live in Victoria so the trip also meant the kids got super spoiled. Chris accompanied Buck and I to Vancouver on Feb. 20 to attend an Olympic hockey game between Norway and Switzerland. I have to say, it was my first hockey game and I loved it.

Hannah really came to her own during the trip, with just a bubbly (and sassy) personality and it took six months, but she was able to give up her pacifier shorty after returning back to Texas.

The trip was amazing, until I returned home to learn that the day before Milam County had received five inches of snow. We saw no snow in Canada in February, but Texas did. That is so wrong in so many ways.

With the Summer Olympics in London in 2012 maybe an overseas trip should be in the works.

Our year continued to stay busy with Buck going to college part-time and me helping out with the Relay For Life of Milam County. Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society are important fund-raising partners in Milam County, so be sure to watch out for information on the 2011 area event and get involved. It will change your life.

The Bakken household had a very busy summer as well with trips to San Antonio and Houston. One of the San Antonio trips saw me cross off two more bucket list items. One was shooting a football game in the Alamodome when former Milano player Matthew Jentsch played in the Texas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star game. The other was taking my family to Sea World.

I’ve lived in Texas my entire life and had never been to Sea World. I think I got as excited as the kids did when we saw the orca show. Bradley and Hannah already said they were ready to go back (and so am I).

With the end of summer came a rite of passage in our lives. Son Bradley started his first day of school on Aug. 23. It was an emotional time for me (and Buck, but he wouldn’t admit to it). I cried, it was my right as his mother. But it has been mostly smiles since then as his teacher Neva Jack Caffey has done a wonderful job with him and his Pre-K class.

Buck also took another step closer to getting his degree. The brave soul took a full-time (12 hours) class schedule and worked full-time as well this fall semester. I’m proud to say he maintained a 4.0 grade-point average at Blinn College. He will begin Texas A&M University later this month and should have his bachelor’s degree in sociology by May 2013.

It takes a lot to go back to school after 10 years, but he is doing it and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He is a much better student than I ever was.

As I looked back over the last 12 months, I’ve recognized just how truly blessed I am with loved ones in my family, at our church and with my job.

I pray for each of you blessings abound in the new year and may 2011 be filled with God’s love over your life and loved ones.

...For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things... Matthew 6:32-34 (NKJV)

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