As I reflect on the end of the year 2015, I realized that we are creatures who never cease at being amazed at how fast time flies and how short life actually is…I hear this phrase often and no matter how many times I hear it I am constantly struck by the reality of it. Life is indeed short and I for one need to stop, smell the roses and appreciate each and every day. This year flew by and I look back and find that I spent much of it stressing over things I had no control over and worrying about things that took away from my precious time here on earth. I am going to work at relishing each day for what it is…precious… and try really hard at letting God do the worrying and stressing for me, I have a strong suspicion he is much better at dealing with it than I am! 2016 will usher in the first time I will be childless for any significant amount of time. One son is at Sheppard AFB in pilot training and well on his way to establishing a successful career for himself in the Air Force. Another son is a junior at UT and my youngest is starting college this January in Texas. I will be starting a new chapter in my life and will do my best at better appreciating my blessings and focusing on putting others first. 2015 was a good year for me but 2016 is going to be even better…because life is short and it’s time for me tostop and smell the roses…not just stop but actually inhale and appreciate the beautiful fragrance as well!