I’m answering (In)Courage’s end-of-year questions today because it’s waaaay easier than trying to sum up my year on my own.
I’m lazy like that. 🙂
1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
Kevin survived his motorcycle accident.
2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
Helping Kevin recover from his motorcycle accident and help him learn to walk again. By the grace of God, the man not only survived being hit head on, but he conquered his injuries and is now back to normal (save for a slight limp).
3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
Being able to go ahead and take our family vacation to New York and cruise up to Canada. We weren’t sure we were going to make it because of Kevin’s accident, but he healed faster than anyone thought he would and with the help of a walker, a cane, and his family, we were able to go on our vacation. It was really hard on Kevin, but he endured and it was a sweet victory.
4. What was an unexpected obstacle?
My intestinal issues. Even though we all knew my problems would eventually catch up with me, we didn’t expect them to require emergency surgery or happen at the worst time of year. (Though I suppose it could have been worse – I could have been stuck in Canada when my problem flared up).
5. Pick three words to describe 2010.
6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2010 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you).
7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2010 (again, without asking).
8. What were the best books you read this year?
Based on the “5” rating on my books page:
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
9. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
My husband, my boys and my parents.
10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
I think having Kevin home was probably my biggest personal challenge. His job liquidated because they couldn’t obtain funding (banks weren’t lending money, thanks Obama), so he ended up wrapping up the company from home. It was challenging to have him underfoot every day, but we managed.
11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?
I grow emotionally nearly every day. I’m constantly challenging aspects of my personality and trying to BE a better person. I’m working on it.
I can honestly say that I believe I’m a much better person than I have ever been. I’m still pretty opinionated, egotistical and judgmental, but I’m learning that life? Is not always black and white, no matter how much I try and tell myself that.
12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
Kevin’s accident just strengthened my faith. I know, without one smidgen of doubt, that our faith in God is what saved him and saw us through that trying time. It also helped me become more publicly comfortable with my Christian faith and I’m now more free to share my faith with others. I would like to believe that the Truth or Tradition articles I post on this blog also bless some people out there and I can’t help but wonder if the challenges we’ve been through this past year were attacks from the adversary because we are being EFFECTIVE in spreading God’s wonderful truth.
13. In what way(s) did you grow physically?
I think I’ve grown more comfortable with my body over this past year. I certainly understand it better now that I’ve learned my intestinal issues were indeed an ISSUE. I’ve also learned to listen a little more carefully and to not put off going to see the doctor in the future.
14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
Kevin and I have grown even closer since his accident. We bonded on unexpected levels; it’s a much deeper bond than simply being man and wife. He completely relied on me for several weeks while he recovered and we have a much deeper understanding of each other as a result.
15. What was the most enjoyable area of managing your home?
We did a ton of stuff around the house this year:
Completely re-decorated the living room/dining room
Ripped up carpets and replaced with hardwood floors in living room/dining room.
Re-did the front bathroom
Repainted the front entrance
We still want to replace the carpet with hand-scraped hardwood in the family room sometime this next year.
I’m not a big homemaker, and making all of these changes was a big pain, but it looks really good and we’re really happy with the end results. I can’t imagine living anywhere else – I love our home.
16. What was your most challenging area of home management?
Getting through the kitchen remodel. That was a mess. I had to wash dishes in the bathroom for a few weeks and the dust alone was enough to drive a sane person crazy. But again, the end result was WELL WORTH the trouble.
17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
Probably Twitter and Facebook, which is probably a pretty universal answer. But you know? I think my love affair with Twitter is about over. I’m finding it increasingly LAME.
18. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
I can’t answer this question – I’m still looking for the best way to use my time. I have a feeling though, this might be the year I find it. (BIG changes on the horizon for our lives for 2011).
19. What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?
That God is good, family is everything and I’m much stronger than I originally thought.
20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2010 for you.
This year was filled with tears, prayers, gratitude and healing.