Since this was my first real year of blogging, I figured I would emulate all the blogging gals I admire, and do a “looking back” post. To be honest, I did not realize how blessed I was last year, until I typed this post. I want to thank my readers for dropping in, commenting, and joining the Little Cottage Link Party each week. The party will be back online January 6th. If you’re a blogger, please stop by and add those fabulous 2020 posts!
At the end of 2018 (on December 16th, to be exact), we adopted our beautiful cat, Megara. I was worried about how things would go with our little morkie, Hercules. But, everything worked out well.
In January, our son was accepted into the RN bachelor’s program. He has three more semesters left before graduation. We are proud of him! It’s great to see our homeschooled kids do well in life. It is a big deal to take on the education of your children.
I taught the Kids Life (3rd-8th grade homeschooled girls) class at church for 4 weeks in February. We continued to focus on learning to be “workers at home.“
In March we took the two younger girls on a Myrtle Beach Family Vacation. Vacationing as a family of 4 is way different from having all 5 children with us. We only have 2 kids under 18 now, even though our 22 year-old son still lives at home.
While we were in Myrtle Beach, I was able to drop by the studio of my blogging friend, Michelle Michael, aka The Coastal Bohemian. It was lots of fun to create together and see where all the magic happens for her blog.
Easter was fun. We had a family photo shoot beside the water, and colored eggs with my new Eggmazing toy.
Late spring and early summer were filled with a whirlwind of activity. Our middle child had senior night, won the 3A State Softball Championship, received the Spark Plug award from the head coach, graduated from high school, then received an offer to play college softball at a school here in South Carolina. It’s great to see them excel, but it’s hard when they leave home. So much for the middle child being an underachiever!
My husband and I took A Trip to Historic Savannah for Our 30th Anniversary in June. We honeymooned there on June 3, 1989, and wanted to celebrate where it all began. One of the highlights for me was getting my ring resized. I’d gained a few pounds over the last 3 decades and needed a bit more room for my ring finger. If I lose weight, I will happily buy a guard for my ring. I’ve actually lost 14 pounds since then, and I’m hoping to lose a lot more.
Things finally calmed down a bit. We continued to watch the girls play softball in late summer and early fall, then we took our daughter to college.
In the fall, my husband and I took a trip to Chicago for his job. It was so much fun! Now I want to visit all the cities in the world!
The girls dressed up as Coraline and her “Other Mother” for Halloween. Hercules was a loofa!
In November, we hosted Thanksgiving at our house. All the little chickens were home, except our oldest daughter. It was the first Thanksgiving (and Christmas) we’ve ever been apart. She usually fries the dressing for me. Luckily, our son took over that duty this year. I’m usually pretty frazzled by that time, because frying the dressing is the very last thing we do before serving the Thanksgiving meal.
December was action-packed, as usual. In the beginning of the month, my husband (he was one of the assistant coaches) and my daughter received their state championship rings.
The hospice tree that we decorate every year (the girls from my Kid’s Life class make most of the ornaments) won the blue ribbon. We usually win something, but this is the first year we’ve ever won the blue ribbon in our category. It was a Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol‘ Themed Christmas Tree.
We wrapped up (did you catch my pun?) December with an ice skating trip, a visit to our oldest daughter in Asheville, and a Very Merry Christmas game night!
Well, that concludes 2019. I had a fabulous year, and LOVED being a mother, wife, blogger, and homemaker! I can’t wait to read about everyone else’s year!
Happy New Year!
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