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Megan Hempel, Daily Sun Assistant Editor

Now that another Christmas has come and gone, it's time to look toward the new year. Another decade has ended and a new one is almost ready to begin, bringing with it new adventures and opportunities.

A lot can happen in 10 years, and that realization hit hard while hosting our annual Christmas Eve party.

I was playing Uno with my favorite 4-year-old when it occurred to me that it had been 13 years since we had such young party goers.

We've long relied on friends to fill our home with their little ones, but soon, our small family will add it's first new member in more than a decade – a baby boy we're all looking forward to meeting in January.

My son will no doubt consider his new cousin's birth an exciting development, marked by his own transition into a teenager, and finally relieving him of the title of the “baby of the family.”

To be honest, I hadn't given much thought to what this new year would bring. January will mark several changes for our family, the completion of years of work and realization of long-term goals, but I hadn't considered what that would actually mean until recently.

A decade has passed since my husband and I first met, and in January we'll celebrate our 10th anniversary. Over the past 10 years, we've accomplished so much together and we'll have a lot to reflect on as we continue to plan for our future.

Those plans will definitely revolve around maintaining our sanity as our son makes his rapid ascent into adulthood. But together, we've somehow managed to raise a polite and thoughtful young man – one we hope won't give us too much grief as we stumble through the teen years.

Our family doesn't make New Year's resolutions, but we do set goals, and I can proudly report that we have accomplished the majority of those set for 2019.

As we anxiously await the start of 2020, we'll set our goals bigger and better to take us through the next decade. Who knows what exciting changes await us in another 10 years.

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