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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Remembering 2012


This past year has been no less than incredible.  God worked in my life in ways that I once never thought possible, and all I can do is reflect {in awe} of His plan.  I’m happier than I’ve been in years, and can truly say I’ve felt his presence during some very dark and difficult times over the past 12 months.  I owe Him all the glory, as I don’t think I could’ve accomplished anything without Him leading the way. 

I’ve never considered myself to be very outwardly “religious.”  I’m certainly not preachy, and there’s nothing that intimidates me more than someone with questions about faith that I simply cannot answer because I don’t know.  But, I just felt it on my heart tonight to tell you that He loves you, is there for you, and he wants a relationship with you.  He wants to hold your hand and lead you through the good times and bad.  He wants to be all up in your 2013!

Just thought I would share :)

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And, now, for my year in pictures – in no particular order - with an explanation in words afterwards.


1.  I bought a unitard.  Remember?!  I mean, there is no better way to start 2012 than in an adult onesie.  Let’s be honest.

2.  Though I graduated in December 2011, I didn’t receive my new certificate until this summer when my pay raise could go in effect. Yay! 

3.  Brandon and I began fertility treatments.  That pick was taken by a sweet waitress at First Watch before our second IUI.  Though it wasn’t successful, it was certainly a challenging time for us as a couple and we grew stronger because of it. 

4.  We had our first “official” family pictures made!  LOVE THEM!  Those boys just make my day.

5.  B became a stay-at-home dad.  A great decision for our family.  He makes some world class enchiladas and cinnamon chip snickerdoodles, keeps up on laundry better than I ever did, and rocks the parent pick-up line at preschool.  So proud of him.

6.  My marriage became stronger, and my love for my husband grew with each passing day.  He’s such a great guy and genuinely makes me the happiest girl <3

7.  I went to Chicago and met up with my favorite online friends!  I can’t say enough about their friendship over the past year, and I’m so grateful to have finally met them in person!  Looking forward to our next gathering already :)

8.  On December 23rd, yours truly turned the big 3-0!  B worked together with my friends to throw me a surprise party two months before the big event.  So. Blessed.  I cannot even wait to see what my 30th year will hold!

9.  My pumpkin continues to be the love of my life and we’ve shared a gazillion silly moments over the past year.  He never ceases to crack me up {or test my patience!}.  He’s one of a kind and I just love him!

10.  I left the classroom, and became our school’s Title I teacher.  I LOVE MY JOB.  Moreover, I work part-time, allowing me to spend more time at home enjoying my family and life.  I can’t tell you how happy this made me, and give a whole lotta PTLs for this opportunity!

11.   We decided to discontinue fertility treatments and pursue adoption! What a blessing! I pray every day for our sweet baby and his or her mother, and can’t wait to share the news that we have a wee one in our home again.

So, there’s 2012 in sum.  What a fantastic year!  2013, here I come!


Grace said...

I'm so glad you're blogging again! I love to read your posts, they always make me smile (and laugh out loud at times)!

Jen R said...

You were definitely blessed in 2012!! Here's to a new year!
The Teacher’s Cauldron

Unknown said...

What a year it's been! Prayers for your 2013 and all the excitement it holds!

Melissa said...

I didn't realize you had left the classroom to be a Title I teacher. I made the same move this year! Love your year in review with the pictures. Your family is beautiful, and I pray that everything works as smoothly as possible with the adoption process!

Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

P!nky said...

What a year! Thanks for the sweet reminder of our LORD! :)!

Cheers to 2013 and your new adventure!

Jill @ Bluegrass Belle said...

Glad to see you blogging more often! I don't know you but I enjoy your blog :)

Stacy said...

Thanks for sharing your ups and downs with us. I have loved watching your journey unfold. Some of my all time favorite posts were with the unitard . . . thanks for the reminder. Have a happy and blessed New Year.

Gina said...

Seeing your posts in my reader makes me happy.

And? I kinda want to chop my hair off like yours. It's SO cute.

Nat said...

By the way no one can pull off a unitard like you can!! Seriously girl! You had a really good 2012 despite your troubles and I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be your year :) I think 30 has been one of my best years yet!

Emily {Isnt That Charming} said...

What a great post - Happy New Year to you!
Isn’t That Charming.

Melissa @ A Dozen Years Later said...

Congratulations on your adoption. If it isn't too personal to share, I would love to see a post on how you went from two incomes to 1 while financing an adoption. Any budget tips or tricks you can share?

Jessica said...

My husband's a stay at home dad, too. We have two littles and he struggles a bit to find routine with them. And, you work part-time, too! How do you do it?

Unknown said...

Were you in Chicago for the National I teach 1st?!
A friend and I absolutely love your teaching blog and tpt store. We discussed seeing you and all the bloggers we stalk in Chicago!