January 1, 2013

My 2012

My sweet blog friend Katie contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a “wrap-up” of 2012.  I haven’t done this before on my blog, and I thought this would be a fun tradition to start!

Let me tell you – it was kind of shocking to look back and see ALL that happened in just 365 days.  Wow God has surely changed my life in just one year! 


Lets start in January 2012.  I was still teaching, and my life was consumed with questions that I couldn’t talk to people about just yet.  I actually was working on getting hired for my therapy job, and I was praying that I would be able to get this job so I could seriously think about leaving my teaching career.  There were many tears cried and prayers prayed in the beginning of 2012!

In February we travelled to North Carolina in 1 weekend for my cousin’s wedding.  I seriously love my extended family, and it’s always such a blessing to spend time with them!!

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I haven’t talked about this too publicly yet – but after seeing pictures of myself at the wedding, I asked my mom if she would help me lose weight through Weight Watchers (again).  We joined in March of 2012, and worked on counting points for every meal during this time.  I stopped after losing about 15 lbs, and worked on “clean eating” with my hubby – and have now lost a total of 20 lbs!  I feel so much better!

In early April, we celebrated Buckley’s “birthday” – AKA his 3-year adoption anniversary.  He is TOTALLY our little baby, and we just love this little bundle of fluff so much!



In April I helped to organize a group from my school to do a walk-a-thon for Autism Awareness – we raised a great amount of money, and it was so much fun to be a part of something big!  This was also bittersweet, because by this point I knew that I wasn’t going to be returning to this school for the following school year, but most of my co-workers weren’t aware of this decision yet.

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June came and went, and I officially resigned from my teaching job.  I spent many tearful nights trying to figure out if I had really made the right decision.  It still didn’t seem “real”, it just felt like I was on summer vacation with the rest of my former co-workers.

I started picking up more clients through my therapy job, and we enjoyed time with our little family- as well as extended family!  We got to celebrate my husband’s grandma’s 90th birthday:

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Celebrated with one of my best friend’s bachelorette parties at the beach:

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Helped my mom throw a bridal shower for my brother & his fiancée:

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Then we celebrated my brother’s wedding in the beginning of August:

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Over the summer, one of my best friends from high school, Liz, introduced me to a Mary Kay career.  I tentatively signed on, tried their products throughout the summer, and fell in love with the products and the company!  This was a big change that I *totally* didn’t see coming – but I’m so incredibly happy that I took that leap!

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We travelled out to Pittsburgh for Labor Day weekend so I could be a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s weddings – such a beautiful day!!

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For the first time in YEARS (maybe ever?) I enjoyed the fall!!  I wasn’t consumed with work, and I was able to spend time with my husband and enjoy the beautiful season!  I learned a lot about myself during this time.  My former co-workers were going back to school, and I was finally learning that my life was actually changing – it still didn’t seem quite real yet!

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I continued growing my therapy group clientele, as well as my Mary Kay career.  I really *love* making women feel beautiful and giving them products that enrich their lives!

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We’re also working on getting more involved in our awesome church, and we got to go on a young adult’s retreat with some great couples again this year:

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We were “hit” with Hurricane Sandy in the fall, and we spent 4 loooong days without power.  We got to spend a lot of time with my family during those days – who thankfully had gas cooking so we could make meals every night!

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We left from the power outage and my husband and I went on a Caribbean Cruise!!  I’m so slacking on getting that post up – I can’t wait to share our experience with you guys!!  We had an *amazing* time together, and I was just completely appalled at God’s beauty, and the fact that the Creator of all of this beauty could actually love ME and have a plan for MY life.

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We came back in time to celebrate my 27th birthday (and Thanksgiving) on the same day:



December was filled with Christmas prep and catching up from our vacation – it’s been busy but great!! 

Looking back on this year, I can honestly say that I am where I never expected I would be.  I can also honestly say that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be, and that’s an incredible feeling.  I’ve finally been able to spend time with my husband the past few months, and enjoyed life so much more than I have been able to for the past few years.  I feel so incredibly blessed to be where I am, and I honestly can’t even imagine what 2013 is going to look like!  But that’s OK – because my plans mean nothing.  God is the ultimate author of my life story, and I’m *starting* to realize that that’s not as scary as I used to imagine. Smile

I want to hear about YOUR year!  Come link up your posts about your year – the good, the bad, the ugly, the long or the short.  Let’s ring in 2013 together!!

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  1. What a year! Looks like all ended up very well for you 🙂

  2. You had quite the social year! You look so pretty in every single picture…you’ll make the perfect Mary Kay consultant. Thank you for sharing about yourself with us! Loved it. Wishing you a beautiful year! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. I LOVED seeing your year in review. It’s such a great way to get to no you. Thank you for sharing. Barb

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