So 2012’s wrap up is a bit later than I had intended, but as today is Epiphany, and the Christmas season is officially over, today seems like the perfect day to complete this.
Each year, I go back and read the previous year’s reflections to see how the current year was different. Reading through last year’s post I am smiling as I remember how truly blessed I am.
This year was a whirlwind of emotions and trials, ups and downs. The impending ‘end of the world’ apocalypse that was supposed to happen obviously did not (thank goodness for that). So, here are my reflections for 2012:
1) The year started off pretty uneventful, just like most other years. But shortly after the first of the year, I lost my job. It was devastating to me. I didn’t know what we were going to do. But, whenever one door closes another one opens, right? It took longer than I wanted it to, but I am happy to say that I found a job. One that I truly like going to each day. I work for an incredible company and couldn’t be happier to be part of the team.
2) Charity is important to us, so we try to attend as many events as possible throughout the year. This year we once again attended Jazzoo which has become our favorite charity event. The benefactors of the event this year were the Sumatran Tigers who received a new habitat to lounge around and explore. We were also able to attend three 5Ks; Head for the Cure – a race that raises money and awareness for brain cancer; Free to Breath – a race that raises money and awareness for lung cancer; and our company hosted their first ever race benefitting the kids at Della Lamb. We are truly fortunate to be able to participate in so many events. My hope for 2013 is that we are able to continue to help others.
3) Last year I wrote that I was in school and was almost finished. I am so happy to say that I GRADUATED! In May I officially became an alumnae of The University of Central Oklahoma forever becoming a Broncho. My family hosted a cook out for me at a lake in Oklahoma and Brett’s family hosted a cook out at a park in Kansas a couple of weeks later. It is one of my proudest moments.
4) The summer was full of busy-ness as always. Lots of trips to the lake. Boat rides, cook outs, fireworks, bon fires and topped off with an October reunion to reminisce about the Mexico trip last October. My favorite part about the summer is the amount of family time that is had. We are truly fortunate to have such a loving and supportive family.
5) Since the world in general is cyclical, some sadness was bound to creep into the year. In June our beloved Bogey died. Even now there is still an emptiness and there are still little things that set me to tears, but I am happy knowing that Bogey is no longer living with whatever pain he was carrying.
6) After a three-year house hunt (please note that those were not three entirely active years), we found the most wonderful house and made an offer. On my birthday we found out that our offer was accepted and that the wonderful house was going to be our wonderful home! Talk about an awesome birthday present!! We moved in July 6th and have settled in nicely to our new home. We hosted our first joint family dinner at Thanksgiving and having our families together to celebrate my favorite holiday was a dream come true for me. Having our first Christmas in our new home was just as wonderful. I may have gone a bit overboard decorating the house, but it looked beautiful. For the first time in six years, we had a live tree for Christmas. It was amazing. I can’t wait to spend more Christmases here.
7) And, as always, my very favorite part of this year is that it is one more that Brett and I spent together. Number six. But this was my favorite year together by far. In August we celebrated our sixth year together. We went to dinner and exchanged gifts like we always do and then for some fun we headed over to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I’ve always loved art museums, but the Nelson has undoubtedly become my favorite one because it’s where Brett proposed! After six wonderful years of dating, we are going to be taking a walk down the aisle. Keep your eyes open for Save the Dates and invitations, and keep your August calendar open! And if you’d like to follow the wedding preparations, you can head on over to our wedding site.
So, there’s my wrap up for 2012. It was a pretty exciting year. There were some bumps in the road, but overall, 2012 was a pretty awesome year and will probably go down as my favorite year (so far – I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be my new favorite).
I hope that your 2012 was everything you hoped it would be, brought you everything you needed, most of the things you wanted, and above all, was spent with family, friends, laughter and love. If it wasn’t everything you needed it to be, then I hope 2013 is a better year for you.
Happy New Year!