Sunday, January 04, 2009

Year in review - 2008

I'm back! It was nice to get caught up with some of you while I took a little blogging break. I must say, I have the nicest friends in all of Blogland!

Along with the five years in which I had babies, I think this year ranks near the top of the "MOST CHANGES" category. Thanks for coming along on this journey with me as I've limped along in the blogging department - I have NEEDED your encouragement and support!

Since I'm too tired from all that dancing with my family to think of anything new to be resolute about, I thought I'd take my liberties on a meme that's been blitzing its way around here.

You're supposed to re-post the first line of the first post of each month of 2008.

Naw, too random for me. I'll just recap the year with a few links and pics from each month. How's that instead?

Feel free to join me in my twist on the meme - just leave a comment and a link!


This month the RaisingFive family started getting our house ready for making a move to the country. We took tons of questions about parenting!

We talked about Through the seasons of marriage with That Man
. But here's the conversation that I remember the most:
For twenty-two years I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time trying to change my man.

Nope. Can't change
that about him. Here's the follow-up post on that one.

This month we got serious and started blowing up our old house. Apparently y'all are curious because the post that got the most reaction was the one that showed the "after" pics:
That's what friends are for
On Saturday my friend Cheryl rescued me. She was actually the last in a long series of rescuer-friends last week.

Because I didn't get to enjoy my newly remodeled (and uncharacteristically clutter-free) kitchen for very long, I thought I'd post that pre-open-house picture one last time. Sigh.


By spring break we were all tired of the renovation business, and I didn't have a brain cell to post anything original, so the post that got the most comments was a reprint of one of my very first ones:
I'm coming up on two years of blogging, and it's been fun to look back on where we've come.

Yep, those old reprints still say it best.

By April we had an offer on our house, and for a few weeks in there, we were almost homeless. We knew we could not move to the house with the urinal, and ended up choosing the fixer upper.

We were exhausted. So why not:
Just say yes!
As a mom, it's just easier to say, "No." And there are times for it.

And here's More on saying Yes

The title says it all:
Remind me not to do this again anytime soon
I'm back! Insanity reached peak levels this week with our massive move.

Did I really spend the first five months of this year renovating, packing, moving and unpacking....only to begin renovating ANOTHER HOUSE?

I seriously need professional help. ACK!!

By June, the adrenaline from the move had worn off and we were experiencing exponential exhaustion. But the renovations on the NEW-OLD house were winding down, we were adjusting to rural life, and I actually took some pics of our progress.
I don't know why I keep holding on to the illusion that "some day life will slow down."

It won't. That's why you have to have a blog and take lots of pictures.

In July Libby-11 and I had a glorious time away with my dearest friend Sherri.
When we got home, we spent a lot of time talking about preschoolers (my favorite was when y'all shared all your best preschool tips!).

And, well, we talked about choosing mercy and grace, and how texting "counts" as a conversation with teens:
Start with a question
Today our Allie-14 left to spend the weekend out of town with family friends.

Man, I love the quiet, but I sure miss my kids when they're gone.

By August, I was learning how juggle my life with helping my husband in his business. We'd unpacked enough for me to realize I had major decorating paralysis. And we were experiencing:
Systems failure
I must say I'm not liking the schedule this week.Yes, my sticky notes are still working, thank you very much!

By September, I was starting to get in the swing of things in Small Town. Allie-15 started learning how to drive (I am supposed to be her teacher). We had some good discussions about Unplugging,
On the art of acting like you have all the time in the world, on Making Allowances, and you sighed the passing of babyhood with me in To Ruthie.

But the house thing continued to be larger than life, and everybody gave me good tips on this post:
What stays and what goes?
I was hoping to have a personal decorating session with my artist-sister Rachel Anne when she came for Labor Day, but hey, we were too busy eating and catching up with the family, so I had to take matters into my own hands.

Yes, I still need professional decorating help. Keep the tips coming, PLEASE!

In October, we'd been to enough volleyball, football, soccer, and softball games that things got out of control again. We had fun with these:
Chore spec sheets
This weekend I was really disappointed to see Just How Bad things can get when Mom does not stay on top of the kids house.

BTW, how are we doing on those? We've fallen dreadfully off the path during this break.

Sheesh, something must have been in the water, because I was inundated with news from my IRL friends and blog-friends who were suddenly (okay, that's obvious) and surprisingly PREGNANT!

One of these days I'll do a poll to see how many of my blog friends have FIVE kids! Yes, you are definitely Out of the minivan.

And speaking of pregnancy:
Would you still love me if...
My kids are a bunch of zany, silly teasers.

The comments and private emails I received about this post were better and more meaningful than the post itself. Yes, I'd still love you.

Except for my review of the local grammar here in Small Town, I didn't post much in December, but maybe that was okay.
Spiritual but not deep
I've been thinking about my poor blog lately, lamenting the fact that I can't think of one deep thing to say lately.

Well, I'm STILL in that frame of mind. To be honest, it's been a little freeing not to feel compelled to post every day this year.
If you made it this far, I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing a crazy, change-filled 2008 with me!

I'm hoping that in 2009 we can continue to be un-deep ... together!

Happy New Year!


Jen said...

This was nice. I remember it all. A new year dear friend. I wish you loads of laughter and memories.

Lindsay said...

Such a nice recap of the year! I have been reading for a while.. but I am starting to de-lurk on the blogs I read :-P I hope you have an amazing 2009.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Love the recap the way you just made it your own! I continue to lurk and will do so in '09 ;)

Morgan said...

You are so blessed! Glad you're back to blogging. :)

Maureen said...

Wow that was fun looking back! I didn't realize I have been following your blog for so long. Time sure does fly.

Have a Happy New Year and I am so thankful to have met you and your family, even if it is just on the computer!

Beck said...

It looks like a LOVELY and BUSY year! It also sounds like the move to the country has been a good one. I hope your family has a wonderful 2009.

Jamie said...

Looking forward to reading all your blog posts in 2009...both the deep and the un-deep!