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Happy 2012 from our home, to yours!
I hope your Christmas and New Year's were amazing! :)
Christmas was weird for us this year. Joshua worked and we spent the night carving a turkey and stuffing our guts with friends, not family. It was still a beautiful day in many ways. When we are together, that is really all that matters. New Year's Eve we both felt under the weather, so we switched up our plans and stayed in and hit the sack at 9:30 PM. But don't worry, we turned on our alarms to go off at 12:00 AM so that we could kiss in the new year from our warm, cozy bed. We're kind of dorks like that.
2011 was one of the best years of my life in many, many ways. Some highlights were:
*Watching my husband swear in, pass a Federal law enforcement academy (with honors), and finish probation this year.
*Flying to both Tucson and Albuquerque twice to see him during the 6 months that we were apart
*Spring Break in Cabo (for "work," ha!)
*Watching my friends become moms
*Working with Casey
* Meeting so many new blog friends-- even meeting some in "real life!"
*Moving from CA to AZ
*Moving from a 800 sq foot apt to a 1300 townhome
* Swapping traffic for open highways
*Quitting my BORING CORPORATE JOB!
*Meeting friends here in AZ, weird to think that we would have never met if we had never moved!
*Trips back home to visit friends and family
Some of the difficulties of 2011 were the adjustments that come with CHANGE. I've learned a lot about myself in the last year. I've been hurt by people I never would have thought would hurt me. I don't trust as easily anymore. I've conquered my people-pleasing disease in many ways. I've grown stronger, wiser; more cautious. I've watched friends stay unconditionally my friend as the miles increased; and I've watched others grow distant because they don't know how to be a friend when the miles grow longer.
In 2012, I want to focus on the people in my life that want to be my friend and stop worrying, wasting time, and focusing on those who do not. You, my blog friends, have changed my life in so many ways this year. Some of you have known things that are going on in my life and have prayed, emailed, or offered encouragement at times when I needed it most. I get defensive when people don't understand how you could "possibly have true, genuine relationships with people you met on the Internet".... well, the answer is that YES, YOU CAN, and my life is better, richer, and fuller because of it. So thank you, friends.
There are so many more beautiful things that are coming our way in 2012 and I feel so honored that people even read this little blog of mine. I can't wait to document and share all that God is doing in our lives this upcoming year! I know and am 100% certain that it is going to be a crazy, exciting, FUN ride! Stay tuned! :)
I LOVE YOU ALL, bloggy friends. xoxo