Monday, December 31, 2012

'Twas a Good Year

I'm still sitting in bed at 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve. My cup of coffee is beside me, Brandon is cozied up next to me watching a{bother} bowl game, and the rain is pouring outside. And I'm reflective. 

I think of 2012 and I think of the many, many highs we experienced...and yet the many, many lows we did, as well. As I'm going through all of my posts and pictures from this year, I'm reminded of all of the sweet moments we've experienced {and the not-so-sweet ones, too} and I'm also reminded of how blessed we are. 

In January, we brought home our sweet Oliver and learned all the ins and outs of pet parenting. 

In March, my little sister spent a week with us in Dallas for her Spring Break, and we both loved every minute of it. 

A day later, I traveled to Washington, D.C. for work and brought home a huge award win for my client. What a whirlwind week! 

...which, consequently, was the same weekend as Easter -- the first time we celebrated at our home church by ourselves and not with family. 

My mother-in-law fell ill on Easter Sunday, so I even made my first Easter lunch. 

In May, I was honored to be a part of my friend Angelica's, wedding in Austin. She was such a beautiful bride! 

In June, we traveled to Livingston to see my brother, Royden, graduate from high school. He's now a freshman at Baylor and we couldn't be prouder of him!

Just a few short weeks later, my sweet Maw-Maw passed away. We traveled to Livingston and then Port Neches for her funeral. 

In July, we put an offer on 114 Stonecreek Drive...the seller accepted it...and we were officially under contract on our very first house. 

And then, all summer, we just waited. It was the hardest summer of my life! 

Finally, in September, we closed on our house and moved in

...but not before we did a ton of work on the house

And on Halloween, we found out that our house flooded. We spent two weeks in a hotel, had to put Oliver in a kennel, and I'm 99 percent sure I was clinically depressed for about a month. 

Finally, three days before Thanksgiving, we moved back into our house

In December, we celebrated Brandon's 26th birthday. Love my sweet December baby! 

In between all of this was a ton of working and all of the ups and downs that that gave us, some fighting, lots of tears and even more laughs. 

We never know what a year will bring, but I hope that 2013 brings a ton of joy. 

Happy New Year, friends. Let's do this. 

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