The year that was 2006 ends at midnight ending our second full year in Floyd County.

Officially, we became fulltime residents on December 1, 2004, when we closed on the purchase of our home here, ending five days of homelessness caused by closing on the sale of our condo in Arlington.

But we stayed at the family farm in Willis through December while Sam Hancock installed new flooring and various and sundry other contractors made the changes we wanted before we could call it home. Sam finished up the floors on Christmas Eve and we left the windows open between Christmas and New Years to let the smell of polyurethane escape. We spent New Years Eve with my mother and moved to our new home on New Year’s Day.

Yet it seems like we have been here much, much longer. Maybe it’s the warm welcome from so many new friends. Maybe it’s because this was home in my youth. Maybe it’s a lot of things.

We will celebrate the end of the year with some of those new friends tonight and look forward to the New Year with the same energy and enthusiasm we felt two years ago when we embarked on a new adventure in this new place that we now call home.

Happy New Year from Amy and I to our friends, new and old. May 2007 bring you the peace that we now find in our lives.