Friday, January 13, 2012

It's 2012?!

Celebrating Advent and Christmas was so much fun for us as a family.
Jackson was finally old enough to truly celebrate the birth of Christ and to anticipate the arrival of our precious Ohio family. Hearing him recite the verses each night gave such a depth to our holiday.
I am confident that Jackson closed this holiday season knowing with confidence that we "..do not [need] to be afraid...God has good news."

One of the blogs on my sidebar did a fun recap post of 2011.
Yeah, yeah... I know that it's January  13... it's been nutty around here.

It was a survey of 2011. She had a ton of questions, I chose 10.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
 Warrior Dash with my sister. Y'all that race is crazy. 

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't really make resolutions. But, I do have one for this year. To give birth. Lord have mercy if I'm still pregnant this time next year. If that happens, let me be clear, the Lord and I will have a serious conversation.

3. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. My Grammy, who was such a treasure to my family 
and Trip's and my incredible Spanish tutor, Senor Bellows. 

4. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
 More variety in my gluten free cooking. I have acquired a cookbook
and I'm going to commit to trying new recipes each week. 

5. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

January 11 - the day I joined BSF leadership as a teacher in the Children's Program
March 26 - celebrating the marriage of a dear, former student {Paige}
August 17 - watching Trip and Jack walk out onto the Braves Field
September 3 - hosting my sister's Bridal shower and celebrating her 30th birthday
October 1 - celebrating the marriage of my sister and Peter
October 15 -  celebrating the marriage of another dear, former student {Ben}
October 17 - seeing my second baby on an ultrasound
December 25 - celebrating Christmas for the first time in our home

6. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    ~Happier or sadder?

   ~Thinner or fatter?
         Ahem. Well, I'm working on a "project" that has a weight loss date of June 5. 

7. What song will always remind you of 2011?
 Eddie Kirkland's "Here & Now". This song has such an impact me. 
I'm working on a post about this & how I want it to direct me this year.

8. What were your favorite books of the year?
 A Praying Life, The Help, One Thousand Gifts

9. What was your favorite TV show?
 Parenthood. The writing is incredible.

10. What is a valuable lesson you learned in 2011?
Friendships taught me a lot this year. I am so grateful for the women who came alongside me spiritually and held my feet to the fire. God pruned a few relationships from my life that were distracting me. And he also introduced me to women who want me to the be the woman He is calling me to be. 


  1. I love this! I have to check out that song; my best writing comes from music.

    1. Prepare for it to rock your world. Jack and I dance to it most every morning. :)

  2. Your post has so many wonderful thoughts... but the one I'd like to comment upon is Parenthood!! I love, love, love Parenthood and it is one of the few shows that Doug and I can enjoy together. (He does not enjoy Say Yes to the Dress nearly as much as I do.) I seem to always be on the verge of (happy, I-can-relate) tears after watching it. :)

    1. P.S.: How is your weight gain project coming along?? Hope you are feeling well. :)