Two thousand and twelve was a difficult year for me. Much like the year before it. It was a year where I found myself asking God why, time after time. Finances, health, family...it just seemed like one thing after another. It was a tense year, relaxing is the farthest word in my mind when looking back and remembering it all! Overall, I supposed it could all be summed up rather simply in one word, stressful. It wasn't an easy year, but God was very gracious with my husband and I and we made it through. :-) of course 2012 wasn't all bad! It was also a blessed year, and one to remember. Maria Gabriela, our beautiful daughter, was born in November. Being a parent is so special, the responsibility is overwhelming but the feeling when I look at her is incredible. All in all, God has continued to be so good to Dan and I, I am so thankful for what he has done for us! We are truly blessed. So to round up today, I though I'd share some favorite posts from 2012. :-)
Talked about preparation for a new and upcoming year
I wrote about who I really am and the story behind this blog
I talked about getting over post-holiday depression
And did a short two part series on how to love
Told you a little more about Marie!
And how I met my husband :-)
I shared 5 things I love about Romania
Introduced Louise + Atena on the blog
Bragged on my husband and all the sweet little things he does
Gave some ideas on movies to watch on Valentines Day
And special little ways to welcome your hubby home
Ended it with a memorable Valentine's Day with my husband!
Shared some highs + lows
Wrote about traditional Romanian food
Posted photos sharing a trip to the local market
And told you what I miss most from America
And told you all about the first trimester
Celebrated 400 posts by sharing some blog tips
Wrote about an unknown future
And enjoyed a 2nd Easter with my husband :-)
Learned to start letting go
Bragged about my mom
Had one of those moments, where you just feel blessed
Started a 15x15 remix!
Talked about going out on dates
Showed you the fortress of Rasnov
Talked about him going out of country to work
Reminisced about our honeymoon in Greece
Found out we were going to have a GIRL! :-)
Missed America a little bit
Took a fun picnic for the 4th of July
Showed you a little bit of Romanian countryside
Said goodbye to my husband as he left for England
Struggled with missing him, but realized I wasn't alone!
Wore a favorite maternity outfit and prayed for rain
And happily welcomed my husband home when plans changed
Started my third trimester!
Wrote a 3 part series on arthritis, a disease I live with
Talking about living with a chronic illness
Freaked out about everything I needed to get done before baby arrived
Took a birthday picnic with friends
Celebrated my 21st birthday!
Took a road trip
Learned that sometimes it's okay
And started a 30 day blog challenge
I shared some thoughts on marriage
And what advice I'd give myself 8 years ago
How much things have changed in the past 2 years
And some things you might not know about me
We survived the first week at home :)
I shared some thoughts on family
And what it felt like being a mommy
Shared more thoughts, this time on modesty
And talked about learning to not be selfish
Shared random thoughts on the first of the month
Participated in a photo challenge
Talked about style while being a stay at home mom
Made a specialized gift guide for those with arthritis
And wrote about my Christmas
Well that's all for now. :-) Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a safe holiday!
See you in 2013!