The Year 2012 in Review

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

A lot happened this year.

What?  You want details?

Here are a few statistics:

The world did not end on December 21, 2012.  Already, things are looking up.

I worked out 300 times.  Yes, I keep track.  It keeps me accountable.

Zac is a teenager now. He’s also taller than me.

I read the Bible through in a year, along with Zac.  I set it up so we could read it online or on our phones.  YouVersion, though mobile and versatile, has some quirks.  Sometimes it simply won’t load.  Instead of keeping with the day you missed, it automatically goes to the next calendar day.  My chronological plan showed that I had completed the plan…at 88%.  What?!  I went back through, month by month, and discovered at least 2 dozen days I  hadn’t read.  Marvelous.  I had some serious catching up to do.

What did I get out of reading the Bible through this year?  I really saw that what God plans to do, gets done.  It might not fit into our timetable (think of Ezra and the Israelites rebuilding Jerusalem, getting thwarted for years), but it happens. ” His will be done” seemed to be the theme, especially as I read all the catch-up chapters.  It really jumped out at me.

I grew an inch.  Not really.

I ran 895 miles in 2012.  Should I try to squeeze in the last 5 miles to make it an even 900?  Vote now!

It’s funny to think that I ran most of those miles in Washington, but also in Oregon, Michigan and Hawaii.  What a great year for traveling!

Ruby lost 4 teeth.

What I learned from the marathon:  Looking back on my calendar, I post the total mileage of every day I run.  And I can see, up through April of this year, I didn’t run much.  My leg hurt.  I lacked motivation and battled discouragement.  Some weeks, I only ran once.  Training for the marathon motivated me, galvanized me for something greater.  Even then, I can see I still didn’t put in the mileage necessary to finish the marathon.  Sure, I can blame vacations and trips out-of-town.  But in the end, it boils down to the fact that I simply did not run enough.  My leg still hurt.  I never had that mental/spiritual/physical breakthrough you need to believe and achieve the 26.2 mile distance.  In the end, you cannot force that.  It either happens or it doesn’t.  If I attempt it again, I’ll not be so easy on myself and I will make sure I am injury-free before even starting  to train.

One of the great highlights this year was taking the Biblical Foundations of Freedom in Christ class at my sister-in-law’s house.  It changed my life.  I dealt with my old bitterness and unforgiveness, rejection and all of that ilk.  Am I perfect now?  No.  Is there more stuff?  Sure.  But my quality of life is so much better now than it was last year. I am more aware of seeing the best in people, not looking at them through my filter of rejection.  I am not carrying around all that extra emotional baggage.  Hallelujah!

Jonathon’s research topic for his dissertation got approved.

Did I find my happy weight?  Yes.  It’s a bit higher than I originally thought. I have no desire to be super skinny.  I want to be strong and healthy.  I need to fuel my body for success.  I need to eat because I’m hungry, not out of an emotional need.  I forbid myself no food, though I may eat less of it.  Am I at that magical weight all the time?  No.  But I know what to do to get and stay there.

Dear readers, thank you so much for reading this past year.  Your loyalty encourages me.  It’s been a tough one – Jonathon out of work for half of it, bonking at the marathon, the loss of the amazing Nellie Isham – but also rewarding as we keep pressing on in this life.  Relationships with family and friends were strengthened.  We’re becoming more a part of this community and our church.  This is where we belong and we look forward to this great adventure in 2013.  His will be done!

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