Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Favorite Posts of 2012 ~ A Year in Review


Blogging is, for me, a multi-faceted, interactive journal. A journal that would never happen otherwise.

Looking over the past (almost) six years of entries, I am astounded. Astounded by how far we’ve come. Astounded by how much we’ve grown. Astounded by the friendships I’ve made. Astounded by the books we’ve read.

The thoughts, the hopes, the experiences. The low moments, and the highs.

I recently reviewed this past year and picked out my favorite posts as I went along. I’m sharing them today in the hopes that you’ll (re)enjoy them, too.


In general, my monthly education reports are my favorites. Many days it felt as if we weren’t making progress, but keeping track of our book lists and lessons completed made me realize that putting one foot in front of the other each day truly works. I also loved collecting the quotes and links for inspiration and thought-provoking ideas.

Notes from one of my favorite Book Detectives meetings

Memory Master (I did it!)

I poured a lot of time and effort into this post detailing our experience with Classical Conversations.

Mt. Hope Academy ~ The Great Conversation (the first post in a homeschooling series that will be continued this month)


18 Essential Books for 18 Years of Childhood

Living Life:

A Day in the Life~ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 (Was that really a year ago?!)

Snow and Flood

A tour of our house

Thoughts on Life:

On being real

The difference between lovely and reality

Billboards (one of my most-viewed posts of the year)

Lola’s World:

The Many Faces of Lola (20 months)

Lola @ One (a fun collage from her year as a one year old)

Photo Sessions:

My fabulous four

Stephanie’s maternity session

Stephanie’s family session

Danielle’s family session

Shannon’s maternity session

Welcoming Rilla Grey


It’s no surprise that my trip to see Susan Wise Bauer in Virginia, as well as getting to know some fabulous women and hanging out with Tsh Oxenreider, was a high point of my year: Day 1, Day 2~The B&B, Day 2~Touring, Day 3, and Day 4.

Sand In Our Toes

California road trip to see my Grandparents (I had bunches of posts with pictures, but the important thing is that we spend time with my grandparents!)


The first day of school

The Renaissance Faire


I had a hard time narrowing it down to that long list! I’m surprised by how many lovely moments we had this year—which is the point of this blog. To remember. To speak gratitude.

And now I’m looking forward to a fresh year. A year full of wonderful possibility.

Have you chosen your One Little Word for the year? I hadn’t even been thinking of it when someone else mentioned it. My first reaction was that I had no idea how to go about picking a word. Then it popped into my head and I haven’t been able to get rid of it.


Yes, one foot in front of the other and before we know it, we are on a journey. Who knows where it will take us.

1 comment:

Renee said...

Great post! My word...ANTICIPATION (of God's goodness!).