Topic: What’s the single most important thing you accomplished in 2010?

Looking back over 2010, I feel like the only important and definite thing that I accomplished (and this isn’t even about parenting, which is the most important part of my life!) was sending out birthday cards to all of our campers. There were some that I missed – during the busiest parts of my year – but I think I mailed cards to about 75% of our campers and staff. If you know how many campers & staff we have, that sounds like a monumental task, but… it’s not. Really. Every so often I bring a massive stack of cards to staff meeting and we pass them around and try our level best to sign our names legibly. It leads to some good laughs when we mess up our own signatures. I’ve learned to be organized about mailing them, and make it a part of my daily routine.

That feels important.

As far as parenting goes, there’s another, less easily defined accomplishment – but one that I can’t take full credit for. In the past year, our children have started having sleepovers with their friends from school. Roger and I are so thankful that the Lord has provided each of our kids with at least one good friend that we really feel good about them having. It means a lot to know that your child is with people that you can trust. The part that sort of qualifies as an accomplishment is talking to the parents of our children’s friends and hearing that they feel the same way about our kids. I love hearing that my children have been well-behaved and considerate and even that they’ve been a good influence on their friends.  (Okay, I’ve only heard that last one from one person, but it’s what I’ve always hoped for my children, so….. I’ll take it as an accomplishment.)

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.  3 John 1:4

And there you have it. My two greatest accomplishments of 2010. If we’re playing the comparison game, it’s not much. One tiny yearly connection with up to 400 people, and the huge, daily connection with 4 little people who I am still responsible for.

Oh, and there’s one more accomplishment from 2010… I loaned out my mandolin to someone who might actually do what I didn’t and learn to play the thing. 🙂 Good luck, friend!


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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