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a look back at 2012

The last day of 2012. My, what a year! I believe that I’ve traveled more in this year than I have in a long time. The last 6 months of 2012 have been quite a blur. I think my new phrase is, “Home is where I do my laundry.” It really has been an incredible year, and when I take a look back at posts throughout the past 12 months, I can see that it’s a year to remember.


I wrote about my one word for the year…risk. Wow, what a year of stepping out to risk and seeing God meet me. Incredible.

2012 : risk 


My little girl started playing soccer. She really loves it. It’s too bad that it’s not a girl’s sport in S. Africa. She’s asked if she could play but there are literally NO girl’s soccer teams.



I started making angry birds for my boy’s epic 10 year old birthday party. Wow, they were such a hit!

angry bird


We celebrated that 10 year old boy and found out that those angry birds (along with some piggies) were, indeed, a hit.

about to blow out candles 


Joshua traveled with his class to Austin. Little did we realize that was only the beginning of his 2012 adventures.

the capital


Before we left for our road trip to Connecticut, Jeremy played his original music at the local coffee shop. It set the stage for playing lots in Europe!

moon outside 


We flew to S. Africa and two weeks I left for Uganda. I fell in love with E. Africa but was also overwhelmed with the beautiful faces I saw among the mud huts and thatched roofs.

so cute


August, the month where everything changed and we felt led to stay in S. Africa and step back into the local leadership. It was also the month I celebrated my 35th birthday!

holding hands


I started homeschooling my two little sweeties. It’s been quite the ride the past couple of months, but I think we’re all surviving. We also celebrated our father/daughter birthdays!


eg school



We started our European adventure. The British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Arundel Castle, the Birmingham canals, Dublin, those were a few of our stops along the way.

at the palace gates 


After Hurricane Sandy grounded us in London, we finally made it out just in time to see New England’s first snow of the season! We also enjoyed the beautiful Fall Kentucky weather.

gazing off


We continued our travels in Texas from the beautiful East Texas woods to Christmas with family. I think we might have breathed a little here and there, too.


Here’s to 2013 and all it has to hold! Happy New Year!

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    December 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Terrific month-by-month roundup! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Such a good year – and Iยดm sure 2013 will be even better! Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    What a year!!! =D Makes me smile! Wishing you and yours all the best 2013 has to offer, Jen! blessings ~ tanna

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    Jenni C's
    December 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    what an exciting year, i think the Word you received for this year was So accurate…many blessings from South Africa, may 2013 be another amazing year for you and your family!

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    Lindsay Conner
    December 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Your photos are stunning… thanks for bringing beauty to my blog reader in 2012!

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    January 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

    What a journey your year has been. It has been wonderful to follow along through your posts! To hear the amazing things you were doing. To see the amazing things you were doing. So blessed by your friendship. Happy New Year!

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    January 1, 2013 at 2:06 am

    What a year you have had! I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for you and your family!

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    January 4, 2013 at 3:54 am

    What an exciting year! I pray that 2013 holds many wonderful things for you & your family!

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