In what can only be described as a perfect ending to 2012, I spent most of Monday with severe back pain and contractions believing I was in labor only for it to stop abruptly with no baby. Screw you 2012. The feeling is mutual.
I kid, of course. 2012 wasn’t “the year we were introduced to the show 24 (2005)” good, but it wasn’t all bad. We spent a lot of time reminiscing about 2012 – the highs and the lows. You all know the lows all too well, but here are some good moments of God’s blessing and provision (and some good clean fun!).
- We spent an amazing week in TN, AL and MS learning about Civil Rights history and eating BBQ.
- I turned 30 and celebrated with a lovely dinner with friends.
- So many friends had babies that I love to snuggle. And lots of friends brought their children home through adoption.
- We went to a fantastic couple’s retreat in Lake Geneva that ended with a dance party.
- I attended the CAFO Summit conference at Saddleback. [Sidenote: Why can’t God call us to move to southern California? Seriously, the weather there is perfect every.single.day.]
- Baby Bean (previously known by us as Spec and Blueberry) entered our lives and wreaked very little havoc allowing me to ignore him/her for the first 5 months of his/her life.
- We had a visit from our awesome friends, Charles and Amelia!
- BB sang in a bunch of great concerts and operas.
- We had a fabulous trip to Paris after a safe and eye-opening trip to DRC.
- My sweet friends through me a beautiful adoption shower, and out-of-town family visited us.
- I repainted the apartment.
- I had the privilege of walking through difficult adoptions with other friends and providing a listening ear.
- Our friends Tommy and Tracey got married!
- We had a great Thanksgiving with BB’s entire family – the first time we were all together in 5 years.
- We saw Les Mis. And I can’t stop singing the tunes (not sure if that’s good or bad….)
- And of course, we were blessed with good health, a safe place to live, loving families, good jobs, and many opportunities to show God’s love to others.
Not so bad after all. I definitely feel like I was stretched in 2012. My faith took a beating but came out stronger in the end, and I experienced more spiritual growth than I ever have.
So much of 2012 was defined by the fast. It makes sense then that 2012 would be difficult. Fasting isn’t supposed to be easy.
When we were going through the memories of 2012, we kept marveling at how crazy it was and how absolutely stressed out we were throughout the year. We wondered if we could ever do it again. While I would like to say that I want to seek out a more casual, comfortable life to avoid the drama that 2012 brought, I would be lying. Bring it on 2013. Let’s see what you got. I’m ready to get back in the game.
Happy New Year to you all!!