2018 Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before? Our 2-week vacation took us to many states I'd never visited before. I personally really enjoyed visiting Washington D.C. and Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello.

I finished the Spanish program on Duolingo and started paid lessons through Babel.

2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I always resolve to try and eat healthier and exercise more. And I do a little bit better every year.(Same old, same old)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My sister, Cody, gave birth to her second son, Cole. Several church friends gave birth to their babies in the past year, including my good friend, Trish. It's been such a joy to be surrounded by babies again!

4. Did anyone close to you die? My uncle, Dave, passed away earlier this month. It was very sudden and unexpected. Between Ben and I, this makes the third family member who has passed away without so suddenly and without apparent cause.

5. What countries did you visit? Just more of the U.S!

6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018? More confidence and direction.

7. What from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Our vacations are always the highlight of my year. Also, my sister and niece visited in April and stayed with us so we had lots of baby time.

8. What was your biggest contribution of the year? My biggest contribution probably came in the form of volunteering at church. I joined the Cafe team and help run the cafe, facilitated a small group for women in the Spring, and am facilitating a small group every Wednesday night.

9. What was your biggest failure? I wish I’d done more for my health. We’ve continued to eat well, but all year long I vowed to do another round of the GAPS diet, and it just never happened. My allergies worsened this year and Gabe is still struggling with occasional asthma so I know it needs to happen, but I just haven’t done it and I really have no excuse.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? The beginning of the year was really rough. I'd gained some weight, unexpectedly, and was feeling horribly run down. My chiro did a bunch of tests and I tested positive for EBV. I started treatment for that, and while I'm still working through it, I feel SO much better. I have a cold right now, but I've been really healthy overall.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Clothes! For my birthday I splurged and bought some new outfits and it was a fun experience. I was also surprised at how much easier it was to coordinate everything since I was buying it all at once.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Gabe. He's really inspired me by how much he's pushed himself this year. He has really worked hard to work through fears and anxieties.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I have a family member who really disappointed me. I’ll have to leave it at that. (Same)

14. Where did most of your money go? We’ve been throwing a good chunk of money at paying off the loan for our addition. Travel expenses were probably the next big-ticket item. (The same is true of 2018 but we were actually JUST able to pay off the loan!!!!)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Vacation. Always vacation. And my visit with my sister and niece. AND paying off our loan.

16. What song will always remind you of 2018? Rebuilder by Carollton.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner!
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Photoshop and photography. Blogging. Getting out in nature.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Floundering

20. How will you be spending the Winter? Blogging and Spanish. We're also working on doing a major cleanup on the basement so we can use it as a fun place for the boys to hang out.

22. Did you fall in love in 2018? Nope, same loves as always.

23. What was your favorite month of 2018? May, our vacation month.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Ben started a show that dragged me in: Shooter. We're breaking our "don't watch a show until it's wrapped up" rule, but oh well.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope. Not a hater, such a waste of time.

26. What was the best book you read? Noble Savages by Chagnon. It's simultaneously about a primitive people in the Amazon Basin and the politics in science.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Lauv and Amos Lee.

28. What did you want and get? A new rug for the living room and a beautiful new laptop.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Avengers: Infinity Wars and Searching. Solo.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 38. I don't think we did anything big, instead, I spent all the money on clothes!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Spending more time in nature. I keep saying that, but I have a hard time making it happen. I'm pretty much the only one in the family who wants to hike so I feel like my time in nature comes at the expense of family time.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018? I did better this year! I actually bought a couple of pairs of nice jeans and worked to coordinate things a bit more. I cleaned out my closet twice and got rid of anything that didn't fit well.

33. What kept you sane? Prayer, writing in my journal, making new friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Vaccines. The pressure is intensifying to mandate vaccines across the board.

36. Who did you miss? Chelsea. We haven't seen each other since April. Her schedule was messed up so they weren't able to make it for Christmas. Since we were working hard to pay off our loan, we didn't get down to them, either. It's been hard watching my niece grow up through pictures and videos.

37. Who was the best new person you met? We continue to meet new people at church and get to know people better. It's been a lot of fun and a huge blessing to me.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018: I've been learning to go ahead and just do things, even if I can't do them perfectly. Just jump in and do what I can and don't be afraid to do some learning as I go.

39. Best quote of the year?
Not a quote, but this lesson on spiritual warfare impacted me.

4 Rs of Spiritual Warfare:
  1. Recognize when the enemy is attacking.
  2. Refuse the attack by speaking out against it.
  3. Retaliate with prayer, Scripture
  4. Replace the lie with truth - fear with peace, etc.


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