2012: A Year in Review

2012 was quite a year.

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I started this blog in February (OK, I guess I technically “started” it 2 years before that, but I started posting regularly in 2012).  It has been a lot of fun sharing recipes and some of my life and I hope to continue and grow as a blogger next year, and beyond.

In March, I lost my mom to her battle with cancer.  My family rallied together and the love and support from our friends was tremendous.  Even when you know something is inevitable, it isn’t any easier when it actually happens.

In May, Chris and I got this crazy idea that we should buy a house.  We found it in May, made an offer in June and settled in July.  Then we proceeded  to renovate the entire thing.  I took a big blogging break, as I wasn’t cooking anything, so therefore I didn’t have anything to share with you!  We finally moved in in September, just before my dad underwent his heart surgery.

My dad passed away in the beginning of November after 7 weeks in the hospital with complications from his surgery.  This blow was almost more than I could take.  I never expected the ordeal that my family went through.  Once again, our family and friends rallied together, and offered more support than ever before.  I am forever grateful for the love and kindness of our friends and extended family.  God has blessed me with a lot of good people in my life.

The rest of 2012 was kind of a blur.  We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, and while these holidays will never be the same, we tried to keep some of the traditions that we did when my parents were alive.  Each day has been a struggle between enjoying the present and all the blessings that I do have and remembering my parents and being sad that they are gone.

To say this year has been challenging for me would be an understatement.  It has been the hardest year of my life.  I have never felt more overwhelmed, busy, stressed or out of control than I have this year.  I believe that God won’t give me more than I can handle, but that statement has been tested many times this year.  Each time things seemed to be getting easier, another curve ball was thrown my way.   While many good things happened to me this year, many bad things did as well.  I am grateful that I have such a supportive and loving and family and a wonderful patient husband who has stood by me through all the ups and downs this year has presented us with.   I am ready to put 2012 behind me and am looking forward to the new year!

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Cheers to 2013!

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