1. Godly husbands and wives for old friends, many of whom had become increasingly pessimistic about the likelihood of ever being married.
2. The thriving of my honorary nephews and blood niece. They've grown and developed so many skills over this past year--it's been a pleasure to watch!
3. Good physical and mental health for me—the colonoscopy/endoscopy in the summer came out clear, I have not suffered any major depression, and the OCD continues to be under control. Blood loss has been minimal over the past twelve months, and no bones broken that I know of.
4. Successful completion of one-third the Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases MS program.
5. A new living situation with a fellow female believer and a kitchen with counterspace and functional appliances.
6. Another successful year selling my jewelry, with the handiness of the credit-card machine.
7. Continuing and new friendships. God has blessed me over and again this year with the special outreach and care of friends--people who fed me, prayed for me, sheltered me, moved me (and all my junk!), cheered me, hydrated me, watched out for me, and loved me. Praise God! Thank you to all of you, dears--I hope I can be half as faithful and self-sacrificing as you have been!
And, in the vein of last year's "Beyond-Wildest-Dreams Hopes" (one, concerning the "get first article published" did come true, although not in a history journal--in a biomedical newsletter!), here are my crazily ambitious wishes for this year...
1. Finish translation of "Two Motherlands, Two Fatherlands" and sign contract with major American and British publishers for it to be produced for the English-speaking market.
2. Actually get first HISTORY article published in refereed journal.
3. Be awarded the Washington Universities Consortium grant to travel to Russia in March to work directly with the author of "Two Motherlands, Two Fatherlands" for the first time in almost 4 years.
4. Pass my History Ph.D. comprehensive exams in late Spring/early Summer and apply successfully for dissertation research-grants.
5. Complete another full-time semester in the MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases program and be on track to graduate in May 2008.
6. Have the website featuring the art produced by my Atlanta brother and me linked by at least 25 other websites/blogs and move up to the top of the Google rankings.
7. Have a fantastic romance and fall in love and get married to a good-looking, smart, kind and gainfully-employed Christian guy and be pregnant with quadruplets by this time next year. Last year I went for triplets and forgot the gainful employment. I'm upping the ante this year.
8. Win a place at the exclusive annual summer crafts festival in Cary, NC.
9. Learn to dance. Better. Didn't happen last year--maybe this one!
9. Have lunch at an exclusive London restaurant with legendary actors Judi Dench and Peter O'Toole.
10. Buy a house.
Hmm...let us see how many, if any, of these wild near-impossibiities become probabilities and then actual events over the next 365 days!