As I ran errands today and then lounged around the house with my roommate today…the last day of the year… I thought about how to recap the year of 2012!
I would have to say that the first thought that came to mind, ‘count your blessings’, was not a consistent thought throughout my year, sadly. Yet the final days of this year have really turned my focus to counting my blessings. I had the privilege to hang out with one of the most godly and gentle spirited women that I know from my past. I was overjoyed to spend a couple of hours just sitting and talking to her in Starbucks. Despite her circumstances, which are not very joyous one in the eyes of society, she taught me and challenged me to see things through a more focused lens. Thus…count your many blessings!
In order to put some kind of structure (you know I dig some structure) to the counting, I am going to take things month by month. The top 12 (or so) blessings of 2012!
Being able to experience PASSION 2012 with my kid, Carley!
Hanging out with these ladies at the CHOSEN conference at Seacoast. Thankful for friendships made at CSU.
Got to spend a lot of time with my girls during this month through hang out sessions over lunch, dinner and smoothies at Java City.
Reunited with my friend Nicole Bromley. She was able to come and speak at CSU’s Chapel as well as keynote for the Women’s Conference. Nicole is one of my heroes. Every want to check out what she is doing to BREAK THE SILENCE…www.iamonevoice.com
Got a chance to meet Rachel Oliver, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, at CSU’s Body Image week! She inspired me from the show to get up and get active again.
My heart for these girls grew larger than I’d ever imaged.
The bond with these two rapidly grew as we shared a second annual Mission Trip during Spring Break to Orlando, Florida.
I bought a house! Yes! I told myself while setting goals that once my Student Loans were paid off that I would begin to look for a house…SOLD!
The month of lunch dates.
Lots of time spent in Mt. Pleasant (and more in the next month too!!)
A Visit to Mississippi…to see my best friend and her family.
A visit from my mom and two nephews. Spending time at the beach. :) …and then I had my golden birthday! Turned 31 on the 31st.
August: Reunions are sweet and precious!
September: A tough month – moments of doubt, growth and waiting
October: Taking a break from Campus
spending time with Bethany and the ‘rents!
Friendships that never expire!
It is not a year without the Coastal Carolina Fair with friends (Roommate, Friend and Ministry Partner) – FRIED EVERYTHING!
Pitstop on the way to Rome to reunite with this blessing, Rachel!!
Me and Miss Ella Mae!
Bumped into this guy… one of my favorite Coaches of all time! #feartheokra
Me and the sis on our exploring adventures.
Ok… So all roads DO lead to ROME! Went to see my brother bear, Corey, who just got a job at Shorter Univ. I had a blast exploring and spending time watching Corey in his new environment. I have been blessed over the years to be friends with him, work with him and now reconnect with him through the miles.
December: Family value increased!
Now… This is all fine and dandy to reflex on these blessings, but they don’t mean anything unless they become the foundation for the future of climbing out of valleys or standing taller to proclaim the mystery of the gospel of Christ (Ephesians 6:19). What blessings became the foundation for you to walk into 2013?