One of my favorite annual traditions is looking back at the moments and thoughts and events of the year that I shared on my blog.
And now it's time for 2013 to come to an end. Reviewing the posts, I wrote a lot less than in previous years.
I made the difficult but necessary decision to prune things in my life - even some of the good things. I started to fight back against depression. I issued an invitation for people to get all up in my business. I did the Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox. Teagan had her first cheerleading performance.
I wrote about passion and joy. Jeff and Teagan went to a Father-Daughter Dance and it was really important - to me (and them). I vented about the Lent fad.
Teagan lost her first tooth! I had a big experience with the Holy Spirit at church. I reflected on singing - and also on silence. I sahred my thoughts on being a Christian who supports equality.
I was doing better with my mental and physical health - and big changes at work helped with that. We visited some local fun places to visit - like Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and Conner Prairie. We dealt with the sometimes hard truth that not everyone is compatible as a friend. I shared about experiencing the Walk to Emmaus. I started planning some time away to recuperate - with girlfriends and also with family.
We started "training" for our upcoming vacation to Disney World. We had to refocus our parenting efforts. I celebrated my A-Day. The kids and I read Harry Potter. We made another visit to Ritchey Woods to see how nature was changing. I shared about my God designed family at church. And we enjoyed opening day at our local Farmers Market.
June was a big month because it was the month of our big vacation to Disney! While we were away, I had some awesome guest bloggers who shared a variety of experiences. This is a month where you just have to go back and read all of it!
I think I was in vacation mourning mode because I didn't post much. So here's July in review.
I started to worry a bit about my upcoming 20 year high school reunion. We visited the Indiana State Fair. The kids started school - Zach in Kindergarten, Teagan in 3rd grade. I turned 39. Years. Old.
Tragedy struck a family in my blogging community. Teagan had a strange discipline request. We had our first real Santa talk. I had to face some neediness in myself. I celebrated 5 years of blogging.
I went to my high school reunion. We dealt with parenting. But this time, I had a new perspective on bullying. I asked moms to just STOP it already. We had a weekend getaway for Fall Break where I faced disappointment but also had a reality check. It takes a village and I am part of that village.
I made it clear that the turkey comes first in the holiday season. I had a big realization about my eating habits and also about my relationship with God. I came to realize that I healed a lot in the past 10 months - from facing depression to being able to feel that important holiday spirit. We all shared important acts of kindness.
I found my holiday spirit. The kids and I enjoyed a fun day at the Indiana State Museum. I shared about one of my main values - doing all the good I can. We were ready for Christmas - and our church Christmas program. I gave Teagan an important Christmas present (my sanity). And I had an experience where I wasn't sure I could invite someone to church.