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Monday, December 31, 2012


I'd like to write you a glorified and glamified Christmas letter- but those absolutely undo me.  I could tell you that this year has been the most blissful 365 days of my life thus far.  That everyday I wake up and look like a million bucks and that I walk on streets of gold.  I would be lying.  I saw no streets made of gold this year and I am pretty sure I've only awoken to feeling like a crisp twenty dollar bill. We are in a recession people.  So here goes.  Just a lil recap.  I'm probs going to be a little off- chronologically..

I am not totally positive what all happened in the early parts of 2012, because I am aging fast and the memory is slipping a bit..  I do remember that Betty Bridesmaid made an appearance in Biz's wedding and it was quite possibly one of the best nights of my life.  I had bruises up and down my arm from the tambourine.  That is always a sign of a fun time. 
I went on the Women's Retreat and I'm sure something great happened, but I'm still a little foggy.  The spring is when my whole time to buy a house/build some credit sucker punched me in the gut.  Seriously some of the worst times ever, but I did learn something from it.  I learned that there are some things that I have absolutely no control over and I just have to wait.  (2 things I can't stand)  I also learned that even when you try and do everything right- it does not always flow according to my plan.  If you spoke to me any time from April to September- forgive me.  I was most likely in a very bad mood.  In May, I had one of the best conversations of my entire life.  Sitting at the T. Senf's having late night chats I got challenged & inspired to go on my Wild West road trip.  Which was life changing.  Seriously.  It was INCREDIBLE.  To drive across the country has been one of my biggest life goals and I am so glad that I got to actually do it. 
Taking a fly to the nose was much better with the Tetons in view..
It was worth it:)
Cruising around Montana with these two was priceless.

Sadly, I had to return back to the real world.  My lovely office nook was unfortunately awaiting my return.  I am still playing catch up...  Oops. 
I feel like a lot has happened this fall/winter.  I turned 27.  More friends got married and some had lil ninos.  It just so happens that one of my best friends had her first baby and it's safe to say that we are all in love. Just call me auntie sass.

In September, I got to have fun surfing with these people
I loved having Thanksgiving with my lil familia
I feel like this year has been especially cool in the ol friend department.  It has been fun getting to see some of my dearest friends.  I thought that since a good bit of my friends moved away that I wouldn't see them as much, but I feel like staying in touch hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be.  It's good to know that relationships don't have to change with the addresses.  I have also been pretty lucky to still be living in the Girl Palace with some pretty cool peeps.
(Wimmy is missing in this one so we pretended she was the tree:)
Got to get my wedding on with the rents
I got to become godmother of mini Clark Griswold

Just last night I was reunited with 3 of my favorite people.  These three ladies are pretty cool and I miss seeing them a whole lot, but they are still as funny as ever.

I have also absolutely loved getting to hang with these people below.  And their families.  Love them all.  YOLO. I wish I had a pic of the whole group, but alas I do not. 
Mudding with moms and a lil dog- cross that off of the bucket list..
Got to ride a rickshaw with these lil nuggets

On another note this fall- I realized that I have an inner redneck.  One of the highlights of my year has been waking up at the crack of dawn, heading to the Dupre house and rolling south to Edisto to sit in a blind with some of my favorite people.
Got to see beautiful places like this
Okay, I will stop with the pictures.  I think 2012 was probably the hardest year I have had yet.  I don't necessarily mean hard in a bad way, but I feel like I learned a whole lot.  Growing up is harder than I ever thought it would be.  I realized that I really don't like change and will do almost anything to avoid it.  I also learned that I don't always 100% trust the Lord in some departments. 
All that being said, I hereby declare that this year is going to be different.  Different attitude, different outlook.  I am going to be more intentional with my time.  I am going to be more intentional with relationships.  I am going to simplify where things are more complicated than I like.  I have some things that I am going to do business with.  I am going to make every effort to do more things that I really want to do.  Going to try and get outside of the ol comfort zone now and again.  I am going to actually attempt some of the things that I know I am being called to do.  I want to spend more time doing the things that I love.  With people that I love.  I am going spend a whole heck of a lot more time with the Lord.  I have a lot of ground to cover. I'm not going to waste my time (and sleep) worrying about things that I have absolutely no control over.  (I'm saying all of this so you can keep me accountable...)  I have a feeling that 2013 is going to bring some transition and some change so I am hoping to embrace it rather than flee. 
Here is the absolute best thing that happened this year- Rob got a double lung transplant!  Our boy has 2 new lungs and I could not be more excited.  Seriously- he has given me a whole new outlook on a lot of things and he has also taught me a lot of things that he is unaware of.  The Lord can do some pretty miraculous things!  I so wish I was in Pittsburgh right now watching Duck Dynasty with this guy:)

So here's a big fat good bye to 2012.  And a warm welcome to 2013.  Make good choices my friends.
Stay Classy.

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