2012 was an amazing year for Travis and me. Our Christmas card summed it up nicely:
In March, Travis started working from home for a small engineering company. He surveys and designs updates to outdated railroad bridges, which involves quite a bit of traveling, but he enjoys it.
In April, Travis took the Professional Engineer Exam. He found out in June that HE PASSED!
In May, Travis completed his Masters degree! We also celebrated 5 years of marriage and Kathy was brought on as a permanent employee at her company.
In June, we spent two weeks in Alaska with Travis’ family, where Kathy ran her first full marathon. (That’s 26.2 miles!)
In August, we found out we are expecting a baby in April.
In November, we found out it’s a girl! Her name will be Emma Grace.
As we look back on this year, we are in awe of God’s lavish GRACE. We don’t deserve His blessings. He doesn’t owe us anything. And yet, He overwhelms our days with good. What a privilege it is to know this God — our God!
“Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 7:12)
“Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 100:6)
May God heap His blessings on you this Christmas season and throughout 2013.
So in light of all the blessings God has given us, I can’t really say anything bad about 2012. I didn’t accomplish all of my “goals” but back when I set them, I wanted them to serve less as a measuring stick for how well I did, and more of a way to be intentional about doing things I enjoy.
With that said, here’s my 2012 goal recap. My goals were to:
…get pregnant. Check!
…run 700 miles. Close but no cigar… 568.77 miles!
…finish writing my nonfiction book. Didn’t do this, but it’s still on my radar for 2013.
…read 27 books (one more than in 2011). I only read 17.
…consistently track my workouts so I have accurate totals on 12/31/12! Check! With the exception of dog walks during marathon training, I tracked all of my workouts this year using MapMyRun. …grow in being a loving, supportive wife to my amazing husband. While I still have a long way to go, I do feel like I grew in this area this year. I’ve learned to support my husband’s hobbies, even when I don’t understand their appeal, and to verbally encourage him more about how much I appreciate his hard work in providing for us, taking care of our house and cars, making wise financial decisions, and loving me despite my failures and shortcomings.
And my ’12 in 2012′ monthly goals:
Forego sweets for an entire month. Done!
Read or listen to the entire Harry Potter book series. Done! And we watched all 8 movies too!
Try Bikram Yoga. Done!
April – Finish a memory book about our first 5 years of marriage. Still working on this. It’s on the ‘hope to get done before baby comes’ list. 😉
Make a time capsule for our 5-year wedding anniversary. Done!
Run a marathon… in Alaska. Done!
July – Bike 50 miles in one ride. Didn’t happen because of getting pregnant.
August – Climb a 14er. No go, due to being pregnant.
Complete at least one big home project in preparation for moving in 2013. Done! We replaced the window in the nursery. Not as “big” of a project as I had planned but it still counts!
October – Make Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread with Buttered Rum Glaze I wussed out on this one. Anything that involves yeast and dough rising intimidates me!
Make our own Christmas stockings. Done!
Update 1 | Conclusion (coming soon!)
Watch the movie classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Not done yet BUT after being on a waiting list for about a month, I can finally check this out from the library. So it will get done, just not in 2012. I’m checking it off anyway.
As for 2013…
I am making no goals or resolutions for 2013. There are things I would like to happen – such as giving birth naturally (without medication, I’ll post about that in the next couple of weeks), having a healthy baby girl, being able to breastfeed, losing the pregnancy weight, getting back into running/triathlons, reading more, etc – but to be honest, the goals I set for 2012 ended up stressing me out. As much as I love the idea of being intentional and not going through life on auto-pilot, God has been teaching me to be realistic about what I can handle in the moment and to accept that I can’t do it all – and that that’s okay. So I might set monthly goals. Or I might not. We’ll see. But for now, I’m taking it one day at a time.