From Tracie: Wrapping Up 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wrapping Up 2012

In the grand tradition started last year (and made tradition by being repeated this year), I am going to finish 2012 by looking back at twelve pictures and twelve posts that will give you an overview of my year.

Pictures of 2012
Looking through a person's pictures is a great way of seeing what is important to them, and what they love.

These are some of my favorite pictures from this year.
I started a year-long focus on Hope

pink polka dot umbrella

orange mug with smiling face
The computer and a happy cup of tea. Bliss.

Wearing my favorite jeans for a good cause.

Thomas and Katarina
My favorite picture of Thomas and Katarina from 2012.

Holding Yellow Flower In Hand
You can hold joy in your hand.

Katarina and Tracie
My favorite picture of me and Katarina from 2012.

British red telephone booth
Being silly in a red telephone booth. 

stack of books and journals
Writing. Reading. Studying. Growing. Finding Hope.

Katarina in a race car
Katarina riding in a race car. (I'm still jealous)

Moon Through The Palm Trees
The moon says hello.

Kids Making Gingerbread Men
Making gingerbread men with Lee's kids from My Sentiment ExactLee.

Blog Posts of 2012
These posts are not necessarily the ones that had the most traffic, comments, or shares. They are simply my favorite posts from each month. The ones I really enjoyed writing.

January - Waiting To Be Picked Up - I love my books and my books love me. A piece of fiction. Maybe.

February - How (Not) To Bowl - I have amazing bowling skills. You are jealous your bowling skills aren't quite as loud special as mine.

March - Mind Painting - This is my creative process.
Saying Good-Bye to The Encyclopedia Britannica - I will always love you.

April - My Grandma's 88th Birthday - 88th birthdays should be celebrated all year.

May - When Life Implodes - My first time writing flash fiction. Also, probably the shortest blog post I have every published.

June - Things I'm Afraid To Tell You - Hard core honesty. Boom.
I also enjoyed reading the posts other people wrote for this movement.

July - Ten Years On Our Way To ForeverTen years ago we stood in our pastor's house at midnight, and made promises to each other. This post chronicles those ten years. (For our third 10th anniversary, Thomas and I made lists of 10 Things We Learned From 10 Years Of Marriage.)

August - Why Do You Write - Just call me Anne Shirley or Jo March.

September - Pretend Fall Survival Kit - This is how we get prepared for fall at our house, even though fall never actually shows up.

October - The Turtle And The Green Collection - Happy school memories of recesses and starting clubs.

November - Relaxing In The Bathtub - Baths are not relaxing. Not at all.

December - How to Make The Perfect Christmas Card And Letter - May this inspire you to Christmas card greatness for next year.

This has been 2012...from Tracie.


  1. Thank you for sharing a look back that had happy in it. It has been a sad month and a sad year, and being reminded that it was also a beautiful year was something I needed. (((hugs)))

    1. So much sadness. I'm glad I was able to remind you of a little happy.

      Many hugs for you! <3

  2. I have loved reading you from the first time I found you.. keep it up sweetie you make this look easy.

    1. Thank you Angel. You are so sweet. And your encouragement and support keep me going!! <3

  3. Looking forward to many more years of friendship and sisterhood!

  4. What a great tribute to your year 2012!

  5. You have had a truly wonderful year!

    1. I really did. There were a lot of hard things, but through it all, I was very blessed.

  6. I love these memories and I love you. Happy new year!

  7. If there is anything to take into the new year from this year - it is HOPE! ssandie

  8. I'm gonna steal this format ... well ... half of it anyway ;) Happy New Year!

  9. Love it! So much I did it again too :D

  10. What a fantastic summary. Love your positivity - always!

  11. Perfect wrap-up. :-) Happy new year!

    1. Thanks Jennie! Happy New Year to you. I hope 2013 is great!

  12. This is a great year-end review, I like the photo format. It's my first time visiting your blog but I got a snapshot of what your blog is all about, all in one post!

    1. Thanks! I'm so happy you visited. Hope 2013 is a great year for you!