The Year in Review 2012

I am in the process of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2013. I started out by looking over the goals I had in 2012. I have to admit there we're not many on that list that I completed. I had a lot of good ideas, started well,  but didn't see many of them through. I was a little discouraged until a good friend pointed out that I accomplished many things that were not on my handy spreadsheet.

In the Old Testament there is a common practice of raising Memorial Stones as a way to preserve the memory of an event, to set it apart, and to provide encouragement for the future. Instead of focusing on the things that didn't get check off my list this past year I wanted to memorialize those things that I am thankful to God for allowing me to be apart of and accomplish.
So here goes...
In the beginning of the year I did my "last tour of duty" as the Winter Carnival Chairperson at my children's school. It is a family day filled with crafts, games, food and fun. It takes quite a bit of time and I couldn't have done it without the awesome help and support of the other moms on my committee. The event turned out great and raised a good bit of money for the school. We are still looking for someone to step up and take the reins…I have a funny feeling that I will be involved again this year.

In the Spring, with the encouragement of a few of my friends I ran my first half-marathon. Who would have thought I would ever call myself a runner let alone run 13.1 miles?  I was the girl in high school that was at the back of the pack walking with a stitch in my side when we ran the track in gym. I never imagined a few years back when I started running I would finish a race of such length. There were many time during training I wanted to give up but thanks to the accountability of friends and the hefty entrance fee already paid I stuck with it. I am so glad I did. It felt great to so hard towards something and see it to the end.

 

In June we took our annual RV road trip to Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. Some of the highlights included going on rides at Dollywood, camping and sightseeing at Stone Mountain, visiting Braves Stadium (where I used to work), and walking around historic Charleston. We spent a lot of time driving but were thankfully able to do lots of reading, game playing and spending time with one another. Along the way we went to seven Dinners, Drive-ins and Dives. Not only was it fun to eat the food we’ve seen on the popular Food Network show but it helps us to avoid intense conversations when trying to agree on a restaurant.

Over the summer we also enjoyed some family time at the NJ shore. We laid on the beach, went bike riding and hung out on the boardwalk.

September brought big changes in that my youngest child Aaron started full day Kindergarten. It was right around that time Elise Daly Parker and I launched Circles of Faith, an online community of Christian women from all faith traditions and backgrounds connecting through the exchange of stories, articles, and blogs.  Hope on over and check it out! There you will also find music, movie, and book reviews as well as ministry highlights and personal profiles.

In October I took on the ambitious task of blogging along with Nester and 1000+ others for 31 Days and wrote about Transforming Grace. It was my first year participating. It was challenging but I truly loved it. I am already thinking about what I will write about come fall. I will likely be doing more "series" writing here on the blog because I enjoyed it so much.

Later that month, Elise and I attended our first blogging conference, Allume, in Harrisburg, PA. We really enjoyed meeting bloggers from all over and hearing some of our favorite writers speak. (It was the first weekend I was away from both my husband and my kids. I made it through and so did my they.)

 

My husband and I celebrated my birthday in December by traveling to Philadelphia to see TobyMac and many other of our favorite Christian recording artists perform on the Hits Deep Tour. We had front row seats and got to go backstage for a meet and greet. What a treat!

 

One of the most rewarding rewarding things I did with my children this holiday season was Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands in an attempt to have a more meaningful month leading up to Christmas. It was evident come Christmas morning that my kids had such an appreciation of the day and it's true meaning.

Throughout the year I took several small steps to get my handmade business off the ground. It has been a slow process for many reasons but I am looking forward to doing more this year.

In 2013 I will be trying new things here on the blog and prayfully trying to find my groove. I will still be talking about the lessons I am learning from my little ones but I will be branching out a little too. My site will be getting a brand new look thanks to wonderful web designer Lindsey over at Sour Apple Studio. Most of all I am excited to pursue God's will for my life and that of my family's.

I hope you will join me as I continue my journey in discovering the Sweet Spot of God's success for my everyday life here at Living in the Sweet Spot.

What was one of your favorite memories of 2012?