Is it just me, or do the years seem to fly by faster and faster as we get older? The end of a year is always a little bittersweet for me, looking back on all of the events and memories of the past year, while also looking forward to the new year and all of the possibilities that it brings.
2012: A Year in Review
This year was a pretty eventful one for our family. My dad passed away in April after a long battle with cancer, and the process of grieving is something that still overwhelms me on a regular basis. It’s something I haven’t talked about much because I don’t feel like I have the right words yet, but maybe someday.
Then our third baby, a beautiful girl, was born at home in June. What an amazing experience, and fun six months it has been getting to know our sweet Blair Grace. We are so, so blessed to be the parents of these three amazing kids. Brenden turned 3 in June, and Kaelyn turned 5 in October. There’s never a dull or quiet moment in our house!
Top Blog Posts of 2012
It’s been a fun year on the blog as well. After Blair was born, I stepped back from some of my responsibilities at Babble, and was able to focus more on Live Renewed again. Here are some of my favorite, and reader’s favorite, posts of 2012.
Favorite Books of 2012
And one more thing I love to do at the end of a year, and beginning of a new year, is make a list of books to read.
While I wasn’t able to do as much personal reading this past year as I would have liked to, new baby and all, I did read some great books that I’d love to recommend that you put on your reading list for next year. Be on the lookout for my 2013 Reading List in the next week or two, once I put it together!
- Parenting with Love and Logic – This is one of the best parenting books I have read. It just makes so much sense to me, and is more of a overall “style” of parenting, that still includes a lot of tips and ideas for basic day-to-day parenting stuff. When I started implementing some of the things I was reading in this book, Jer and I both noticed an immediate difference in our interactions with our kids. Such good stuff.
- Bittersweet – One of my sister’s best friends gave this book to her after our Dad passed away, and then she let me borrow it. I loved the short chapters and the honestly about life that the author writes with.
- Hunger Games Trilogy – If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, you really should do so as soon as possible. These books draw you in, and you won’t want to put them down until your finished. I think I spent an entire day sitting in a chair reading these books, only getting up to go to the bathroom and get something to eat!
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – The best natural pregnancy book as far as I’m concerned. Even though I’d already had two un-mediated, natural births, I learned so much and got so much encouragement for my third birth, and home birth, from this book.
- 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think – An excellent time management book that looks at how people who are successful and productive spend their time, and how you can find/make the time for all of the things that you want to do in your life. I borrowed this book from the library, but I’m considering buying it and reading it again, it was that good and motivating.
And I’m so excited for what this next year holds! Here on the blog we’re doing the Green in 365 series starting next Tuesday! And I’m planning to release an ebook in early 2013. (Yikes, I still have lots of work to do on that, but I’m hoping that saying it out loud will help make me more accountable to getting it done!) Here’s to a great 2013!
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