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So, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Yep, me too.

Along with dropping those pesky pounds, I was going to blog faithfully and make sure our newsletter got out. Well that hasn’t happened! Sometimes, life happens and you just get busy. I think this is especially true when you own your own business. I am Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Marketing Director, Principal Investigator, Data Analyst, Head Janitor……you get the idea.

We welcomed, little Ellie, our first grandbaby in March. Our youngest son, Zach, graduated from high school in May and Dan and I said good-bye to high school marching band activities after 11 years with all three sons. We just got Zach settled at FSU where he is a trumpet performance major and made the Marching Chiefs. So, we are empty nesters after 18 years. We are also in the midst of selling our house and building a new one. Since the new house won’t be ready until mid-October, we will be living in a short-term lease apartment for a few months. We did sneak away to Glacier National Park (GHP). This picture was taken there. GNP has been on my bucket list for a long time and it more beautiful than can be believed. (Scientists predict the final 25 glaciers will be gone by 2030 so get there!).

In late May, we said good-bye to Emily Ayers, our Research Associate extraordinaire who left Georgia for Denver. Emily landed a great job and is enjoying the mile-high city with her twin sister. We miss her so much! After searching over the last few months, we found a new Emily. Seriously, her name is Emily! We welcome Emily French joined CES in August. Emily French is a recent MPH grad from Mercer. I love nothing more than mentoring young women so we are excited for both of them!

Speaking of young women, our awesome intern, Kara Mathewson did a great job supporting our clients this summer and learned a lot about real-world evaluation. Kara just returned to Emory to complete here 2nd and final year at Rollins School of Public Health where she is working on her MPH. Thank you, Kara!

So, we have lots going on. Sometimes it does feel like just too many changes all at once. On my desk is a verse that helps me breathe a little easier. No matter what your personal beliefs are, maybe it might help you too. Wishing you peace no matter what season of life you are in.

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6