Monday, December 31, 2012

DEAR 2012

It's like I can't help myself.  A 2012 recap post feels so cliche, and yet it feels so right.  So, without further adieu, here are my farewell letters from 2012.

Dear 2012,
I can't believe you are coming to a close.  It's like we just met, and we are already having to say goodbye.  Time marches on, and you are seeing the sunset of your life.  It's hard for me to believe.
We've had a good run, you and I.  You brought the beginning of our adoption process, which I am still in delighted shock over.  I certainly had no idea when we began our time together that I would be dreaming of little brown boy faces to call my own.  But I am, and I'm so thankful.


Dear SE Asia Trip,
Oh My Word.  I sometimes still can't believe we got to take you.  Thanks for the memories.  Thanks for showing us that doing what God wants for us may not always make the most sense, but it does bring the most joy.  Thanks for not getting my Bella girl crazy sick when she ate stuff handed to her by the locals.


Dear Mayans,
I'm glad you were wrong about the world ending in 2012.  Though, to be honest, I would be sort of glad if God was ready to come get us.  This world can be a nasty place.  This year, as many others, we saw and felt hard things happen.  But, they brought a greater understanding of who God really is, how small and fallen we really are and how much we have yet to learn.

Dear Potty-Training,
Amazingly enough, we had a good run this year.  With much time, patience and ultimately a daughter who decided she wanted it, we were able to overcome you.  I am not pleased to say that we will probably have to meet again next year.  God help us all.


Dear CFA,
We had a lot of leadership turnover, which meant we had to say goodbye to dear friends, but God has continued to be so gracious to provide great people to work with.  Looking forward to the year ahead and lots more chicken eating.


Dear Orphan-Care,
Now that we are starting to get to know one another, I can see that God's heart is with you.  And I want to be there.  Thanks for giving me an avenue to serve and for teaching me so much.

Dear Cookie-Making,
I think we've come a long way this year.  I actually dreamt of different icing types last night, which I am pretty sure makes me a total psycho.  I sort of stalk Sweet Sugarbelle's blog now.  Good thing she's so sweet about it.

Dear Snowpacalypse 2012,
I'm sad that the only thing I got from you was no power.  I do not have one cute snow picture to show from your trip to Little Rock.  Please tell Entergy to get power back on for the rest of my friends.  Sitting in the dark cold is no fun.

****insert cute snow picture here**** Except that I can't.

Dear Hairs on my Head,
This year was so good for us!  It's like we finally learned how to work together.  I learned how to do the top-bun.  I learned how to properly tease my hair, while I was in Honduras no less.  And, I learned how to use a curling wand.  This is all super MAJOR.


Dear Closet,
This year we did not expand you at all.  I have missed buying clothes - I'm not going to mince words about that.  However, learning to see all that I have right in front of me has been so good.  Though our deal to not buy clothes stops tomorrow, I am going to have to think very carefully about how to add to you in the future.  Living with less is where it's at.  (I need to start chanting this to myself when I am at Target.  I always forget at Target.)

Dear John, Lily and Bella,
This year brought each of us our highs and lows.  Thanks for being the family that God has for me to live life with.  Thanks for pointing me to him in different ways.  Thanks for always loving me.  I'm thankful all our love grew deeper in 2012.


Dear 2013,
I can see you - I can see your face peeking right around the corner waiting to greet us.  I'm looking forward with great anticipation to see what you bring!

I know I am probably forgetting stuff that really matters, but that is what happens when my brains are slightly addled from being a parent of two very young children.  Peace out, 2012!