Monday, December 31, 2012

Saying Goodbye To 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the year and all it offered me.  It was a year of many discoveries.



I discovered the wonder of the show, "The Voice," and weekly cheered for my favorite contestants.  (Marry me, Adam Levine?)  I discovered Trader Joe's and their delicious, chunky guacamole.  And their orange chicken.  And their cookie butter.  I discovered that small children and long hotel stays are a recipe for "monkey-like" behavior!  I discovered Maybelline's Baby Lips and Tarina Tarantino's eyeshadow palettes.  (Oh.  My.  Gosh!)  I discovered the public school system as the parent of a kindergartener, and what it means to "collect Box Tops" for a school.  I discovered the PTA!


I discovered the peaceful serenity of Amish country, and fell in love with the charm of the old farm houses there.  I found a place, in Pennsylvania, where the angel-fingers of heaven touch the earth.



As a girl who comes from a desert state, I discovered the "high-definition green" of the east coast.  I discovered the east's humidity and it's ability to wilt someone like steamed spinach!  (Which is also green!)  I discovered that the "bugs" that reside in the canopy-like trees chirp loudly when the sun goes down.  I discovered I barely noticed the bug sounds, when staying up late to listen to my friend's infectious laughter.



I discovered a bit of myself; who I am and what makes me special.  I discovered I am braver than I realize, nicer than I know, stronger than I remember, and a better mother than I give myself credit for.  I am a good person.  I am a good friend.  I'm capable of giving much and loving greatly.  And like the lyrics from the Peter, Bjorn & John song, Objects of My Affection:  "I laugh more often now.  I cry more often now.  I am more me."

Undoubtedly, 2012 was met with many challenges.  Broken teeth, broken cars, and broken hearts.  No money, no time, no rest.  Our bathroom flooded, resulting in an astronomical mess.  Our cheap-o shingles blew off our roof, resulting in a re-roofing expenditure.  After a year of trying to add "just one more" to my brown-eyed clan, all my pregnancy tests revealed negative.  My unique and unforgettable friend passed away.  My son was diagnosed with a language development delay.  My chronically ill daughter required a tonsillectomy.

It would be easy to focus on the hardships, to let myself sink into the murky waters of discouragement and despair.  But I choose not to do that.  I choose to celebrate the edifying and invaluable experiences I had in 2012.  The discoveries.  I choose to focus on all the high points, the moments that made my heart soar.  The new friends I made, the old ones I kept and cherished.  The support shown to me by those I know; the love offered to me by those I have yet to meet.  The times of laughter and indelible goodness.  The times I joyfully cried to God, "Thank you for my incredible life."


Helen Keller said, "Your success and happiness lies in you.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."  As I bid farewell to 2012--the highs and lows, the blessings, the lessons learned--and greet 2013 with a courageous will and open arms, I will choose to do exactly what the incomparable Helen Keller suggests...


I will resolve to keep happy.


(Happy New Year, my darlings!)

18 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love you! You are amazing.

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  2. you are so great with words!!! what a year for you!! cheers to 2013 and wonderful things for you and your family!!! xoxo

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    1. Brassy, thank you so much! Such a sweet compliment. Love you always and forever!

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  3. I didn't think I could love you more, but this post made me do very happy. I think your resolution shouldn't be too hard for you (wink)! I cannot wait to be part of your 2013 memories!!

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    1. Dearest Lori, thank you for such an incredibly sweet comment! I'm so glad you stopped by, read my post, and enjoyed it. You are such a treasure! LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY!!

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  4. This made me cry. A lot. It is beautiful and honest and such a true reflection of the amazing person you are. 2012 was an incredible year and the fact that we not only got to meet, but got to have another visit on top of that - was one of my most memorable and sweetest blessings. I love you so much. You're in my prayers and thoughts every day and night. Cheers to a wonderful 2013! I'm raising an imaginary can of diet coke! :)
    Xoxoxoxox
    Maria

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    1. AAAAHHHHH!!!! I love you, I miss you, I love you, I miss you, I love you, I miss you, I love you, I miss you! SO STINKING MUCH!!!!!

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  5. Oh, and Adam Levine is so hot. Poor Steve...I guess it's the hormones, but I've been saying "he's hot" about a million and one different people lately. LOL!
    Xoxox

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  6. I love this post. So much! You are such a wonderful writer and I just love that you share your life with us. 2012 was not my best year, either, but I try to retain a postivite attitude, and also keep happy. It's such strong advice! Thank you, MamaLeisha!

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    1. Amanda, you are a beautiful woman and you have a good heart. You've been incredibly supportive of me and I feel blessed by you daily. I hope your 2013 is as wonderful as you are. XOXOXO!

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  7. Love this sweet post miss Mama! You are beautiful and so is your heart.

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    1. KYLENE!!!!!!! AAAHHH!!!!!! I love you so stinking much! And someday we will see each other again and our reunion will be very sweet....because I will kiss your face off! HA HAHA!

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  8. What wonderful photos and memories!! Looking forward to 2013 and getting to know you better through your lovely blog!

    I hope you're having a great week and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I'm following you.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! (Thank you so very much if you've already linked up, I truly appreciate it!!)

    Come and link up and celebrate the coming weekend with us!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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    1. Jean! You are a dear! AND Aloha Friday is my FAVORITE PLACE to link up! XOXOXO!

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