Happy New Year

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It’s that time of year when I look back over all the posts from 2013 (all 105 of them) and write the first line of each first post from each month. Don’t ask me why . . . my friend does it and I think it’s fun.  Maybe it will make you want to go check something out again? If I made money on my blog that would be important but since this is just a place to express myself, your visit to past posts would only serve to entertain you.

January: “This year I resolve to be less awesome since that’s the only thing I do in excess.” (another resolution down the tubes!)

February: “So many of you voted way back when and helped Promise Christian Academy win a grant from Monsanto.”

March: “When I was in elementary school, days off were few and far between.”

April: “Little continues to have a tough time keeping her hands still.”

May: “I wish I could get fit from just watching this. . . I love watching this!”

June: “I should finish up May and tell you the big news I said I would tell you a week (or two) ago.”

July: “So many of our friends are in the process of adopting or have recently brought home their new family members.”

August: “It has been a crazy summer and I have felt like I was drowning for all but 30 minutes of it.”

September: “Today’s list topic was, “Weird Things That Make You Cry”.

October: “An Open Letter to the Writers of Castle (that will never be seen by a writer of Castle)”

November: “Halloween was a dreary day in middle-America.”

December: “Today on the website, BIggest Price Drop, I saw this picture of a shoe”

What this exercise just taught me?
1. I have GOT to start doing a better job with the first sentences of my posts – they are dry and don’t draw you in.

2. The 105 posts of 2013 were evenly distributed 1/2 in the first six months and 1/2 in the last six months. If you take out the blogging bonanza in October, I actually blogged exactly 1/2 as much since starting to work. True that there is less than 1/2 of the fun things to tell about, but this statistic has me thinking a bit deeper about the time and energy I am putting into my family outside work. I need to think more.

3. Honey and I have both agreed that 2013 was one of the hardest years of our lives on many fronts. I learned this year that I don’t write hard well. So many blank pages? So many tough things . . .

4. It’s not enough to just post a picture.

So, enough of that. Happy New Year to you. I hope the next few days afford you time to look back over 2013 and take a few notes on what you see. I pray you will be challenged by what you observe and that hopes, dreams, passions, and goals will be revealed for the upcoming year. Mostly I pray that no matter what plans you make that you will walk joyfully as He directs your steps and trust Him completely with the plans HE has FOR you – plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans for hope and a future. And I pray the same for me. . .

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2 Responses to Happy New Year

  1. Kay says:

    Your posts always make me smile. I really enjoy keeping up with you and your busy, active family. Love seeing pics of the children and hearing about all they are doing. Thanks for sharing bits of your life. May God continue to richly bless you and your family.

  2. Father says:

    The best thing about looking back through the previous year…….you are alive, in your right mind, thus able to look back!! In looking forward, it is best to understand and know that the God who brought you through the previous year is already “out there” in the next one waiting for you, leading the way, pointing the way, guiding you through down the way !!!!1 Hallelujah !! dad

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