Highlights of 2012

This last year flew by far too quickly. I’m still thinking of the events of 2011 as “last year.” It’s hard to believe all that’s happened in my life, all the new experiences and challenges that have made me grow. I know I’ve posted sporadically, so I’ll try to encapsulate each month in a few sentences. Some things you might hear more about in future posts.


January: I went to a scrapbooking retreat, survived a flood, read Tom Sawyer, advanced in a speech contest, and started a cake decorating class.


February: Giants beat the Patriots at the Super Bowl (so sad they aren’t even in the playoffs in 2013!), VFW state banquet, more speech competitions, school (of course!), and the reading of books.


March: Tons of cake decorating, snow (I could hardly see the grass underneath!), 1st place at the state speech competition, physics and precalculus, first flowers ever delivered to my door (congratulations for my speech win from my sweet sponsoring post).


April: My first piano recital with my students (who did a fantabulous job!), my sister’s sister-in-law’s beautiful wedding, an incredibly awesome experience at the national speech competition, an equally awesome week at TeenPact, my first time staffing the one-day class, playing Gershwin and Grieg at adjudication, winning a harp scholarship, and playing harp on the same stage as a country music singer.i

May: Seeing cousins we rarely get to spend time with, watching our small town parade, early birthday party…oh, and doing schoolwork 24/7. Or maybe 14/6. Or something like that.


June: Spending the first part of the month helping out my sister and her family, then going on a road with my family in the Southwest. (And oohing and ahhhing over the rocks in Utah…we climbed up to this one!)

iJuly: Sightseeing in the Southwest, spending time with extended family, then returning to spend the rest of the summer working with Gretchen and her family and babysitting adorable kids.


August: Another month of picking beans and raspberries, chasing after kids, watching the Olympics, and washing dishes. Busy, tiring, fun.


September: Meeting Theresa’s adorable baby Elsa, going to the beach, starting eleven credits’ worth of college classes, prepping for my third and final SAT, beginning 14 hours of rehearsals a week for the college’s production of Macbeth.


Photo credit: Leah Ringham Photography

October: Finding out my brother and his wife are expecting, attending more rehearsals, writing multiple papers, making new friends, learning how theater works, campaigning, and sending in my college application.


November: Staying up till midnight every single night of several weeks during the Macbeth performances, realizing that saying my two messenger parts in the play made me more nervous than speech competitions, making memories with the theater people, and enjoying a visit from my nieces and nephew.


December: College finals, last harp ensemble performance at the state capitol, all eleven members of our family under one roof for Christmas. Wonderful memories.


Yep, 2012 was a great year. But I think it’s safe to say that I’m even more excited about all that God has in store for 2013. I can’t wait to share it with you.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Samantha
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 05:55:18

    What a fun year-in-review! 🙂


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