The day is almost done and so is the year. My house is filled with an eclectic mix of music featuring Macklemore, Toby Keith & The Zac Brown Band. My girls are gathered around the kitchen computer with their dad watching random videos on YouTube, my son is bent on world domination via the XBox & I’m sitting on my bed writing while my dogs make themselves comfortable around me.

Where did the year go? So much has happened that I’m left with a sense of awe & amazement at it all.

2012 opened with the news that my husband had been asked to help negotiate his local’s contract. This astonished both him & I. When he asked me if he should do it, my only response was, “Do you think you can keep your mouth shut when necessary?” He did & so began a journey for him that by year’s end saw him elected the VP on his union’s executive. He gets sworn in January 2, 2013 & I couldn’t be more proud of him.

The first half of the year coasted by and saw our family grow with the addition of another nephew. By summer, though, things started to change. No longer were we wondering how long Shawn’s jobs were going to last; he now had steady employment with a TV series. Through this position he was also able to start working out & that has enabled him to begin the process of getting healthy.

This summer also saw the birth of this blog. I, of all people, now have a blog. That astounds me. It started off in my head as one thing and it seems to be developing into something else. What it will end up being remains to be seen. It is only months old & all I can do is to continue to follow God’s leading on it. I am still amazed that people are reading my ramblings, something I don’t think I will ever take for granted.

My one word for 2012 was LEAN. I learned to lean NOT on my own understanding. I learned to lean more on God & I learned to lean into Him as well. Things like believing for the best possible outcome for my daughter’s eye stretched us. Having our 18 year old niece move in has not only stretched our home, but our hearts as well. It has challenged how we do life & has really defined our household boundaries.

In short 2012 saw us stretched, challenged & saw a lot of growth & a lot of blessing. I have the feeling that 2013 will bring more of the same.

Friends I am wishing you all the very best in the coming year. May 2013 bring you as much joy, growth, & blessing as you can hold.

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