As I sat down to write this column, my last for 2018, I couldn’t help but look back and reflect on all that has happened this past year.

One of the prouder milestones of the year was taking the helm of The Seguin Gazette this past in March.

This has been an incredible journey so far and I have loved every minute of it.

I truly believe that this was my calling; I love my colleagues, our work and this amazing community that we so proudly serve.

My husband and I traveled to Nashville, Destin and Las Vegas this year with friends and family.

All three destinations were new and exciting for us, and we sure had some good times.

I would have to say that Destin was my favorite, as we had a family reunion with all of my aunts, uncles and cousins and we stayed under one roof for a week.

It was just like when we were kids, plus the Destin beaches are incredibly beautiful.

Our two sons have grown more this year than ever — or so I keep telling myself.

Even though I have begged and pleaded for time to slow down just a little, it keeps flying by. This is our oldest son’s last year of elementary school, next year he will be off to middle school.

I still have a hard time believing that he is 10, almost 11 years old, although the few needed “attitude” adjustments bring me back to reality. But he sure has made us proud.

Our youngest son started the second grade, and I have never met a kid that loved school more than he does.

He wakes up every day excited to get on the bus and get straight to work. He comes home, loves to do homework and then does it all over again the next day. He is also playing basketball for the first year, and has had a great time so far.

I personally feel like I have also grown a lot this year. As a wife, mother, daughter, friend and colleague.

In all of my responsibilities, there have been some hard decisions that had to be made and also great successes. I have a deeper appreciation for those around me.

I have learned to listen more and really hear what people are saying. I don’t take time for granted. I have learned all too well that we are never guaranteed tomorrow.

I don’t know what 2019 holds for me; I have made a resolution to read more books in the New Year.

I really do love to read, and often times I will buy an entire series, but then life gets in the way and I forget all about them.

I have also promised myself that I would sit down and finally read through a box of letters that I have from my grandfather’s time in the Vietnam War.

My wish for everyone is health and happiness in 2019, and I thank all of you for a wonderful year. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Elizabeth Engelhardt is the general manager of The Seguin Gazette.

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