We've settled into a routine that doesn't revolve around a car. In fact, we haven't bought gas at all since before the New Year. Our income is more manageable because we aren't spending 1/3 of our paychecks on car related expenses. We are all getting more exercise on an everyday basis without having to take time away from anything else in our lives. I've biked more this last year than in the rest of my life combined and it has felt great. Never before have I actually stopped to think "I'm in pretty good shape!" We've been amazed at our abilities and become more aware of our limitations. We've learned to accept what we are able to do and let go of things that aren't necessary. We appreciate the journey, not just the destination. The boys are active and engaged the entire ride.
On one hand, I can't believe this is our life. On the other hand, I can't believe that this wasn't always the way we did things. I can't wait to see where the next year takes us!