2014 was a hard year. I lost several dear family members and friends. A lot of grieving has taken place. 2014 was a beautiful year. I started working full time in a job I absolutely love, had amazing experiences, and held one of the sweetest babies ever born. Highs and lows. Grieving and rejoicing. Changes big and small. These are the things of which life is made.
Pictures of 2014Looking 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.
Shells of polka dots and promise.
Meeting Ridley Pearson. This was huge. There are other pictures from this day that are technically better, but this one is my favorite. Pure joy.
The day the sun halo came out to play.
Katarina is a work of art.
12 years. Thomas + Tracie = Love
So much fun spending the day with Jason and Mary watching Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up.
11 years. This kid is my heart.
Meeting Nell Merlino at Bloggy Boot Camp.
I love Leigh Anne's serious concentration next to Katarina's extreme act of strength. This picture is titled "Cooking is hard."
Week by week we counted down with this calendar until my fake niece was born. She is beautiful and amazing.
Do you want to build a snowman? Lee and I found a Florida snowman at Epcot's Candlelight Processional.
Me. Beating 2014, and looking forward to a new year.
Blog Posts of 2014These 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: Your Florida Is Showing - A funny conversation that proves Thomas has lived in the south too long. I Do Not Have The Answers - This is the post that was born as I found my way back to writing after we lost my mother-in-law this year. It is nearly a year later, and as I look back at those words, I realize I still do not have all the answers, but I am thankful for the words and the space to ask the questions.
February: Don't Trap Me In A Glass Box - Have you seen the little people trapped in glass boxes at the mall? If you lean in close, you can hear them screaming, "Save us! SAVE US!" Tearing Down & Building Up - Give your dreams a fresh start. No more trying to grow something new in a space that is old, tired, and doomed to failure.
March: How To Be Friendly And Stop Annoying People On Google+ - These tips will help you use Google+ to your advantage, and ensure you aren't accidentally coming across as a spammer.
One of the most important things I wrote in 2014 was, How Do You Tell Your Kid You Are A Survivor Of Child Sexual Abuse?
April: A Sliver of Light - Quotes and snippets of dreams and thoughts that brought light into my world during a very hard month.
May: Most of my favorite posts of the year happened during May. My Mom Taught Me About Mothering And Life - Two childhood moments that have informed my own parenting. I'm Thankful For Memories - Special moments with loved ones we lost in April, and other thankful things. The Early Days Of Blogging And How It Has Changed Since 2005 - A look at blogging from someone who has been doing it for nine years. But my absolute favorite post in May was Reflections In Bus Windows.
June: Do Baby Teeth Have Roots? - Yes they do, and we have pictures to prove it. Social Media Makes Me Stronger (And Less Depressed) - Social media is what you make of it. For me, it is a lifeline and blessing.
July: It All Sounds Like Bitch - Because sometimes you have to publicly apologize (my favorite thing about this post is that it caused my husband to make an appearance in the comment section). What I Am Not Sharing On Social Media - I have rules for my social media sharing.
August: The Best Wake Up Call Ever - This is a Thomas story that still makes me laugh. Cut The Strings - Change Is Coming - "Brace yourself for the flight. Or the fall."
September: This was the month we lost my Grandma. I wrote about our Last Words, and how they were an extension of the words we always shared. As The End Nears, This Is Peace - One of the most important moments of my life, joining with my family to sing Grandma to the gates of Heaven.
October: I Will Be Wasting Time On The Internet And Maybe Changing The World - As you share a little bit your life and your self with your friends, you are taking the first step on the path of changing the world.
November: I Am Queen of the Tunnel People - If you ever had to climb into one of those playground tunnels to rescue your kid, you will relate to this story. What The Sue Heck Is Tinikling? - The only PE activity I ever loved made it on one of my favorite tv shows.
December: The Mystery Of Books And Marriage And Life - "No matter where I go, I know I will not go there alone. I'll carry the pens and Thomas will carry the paper, and as we cross the river between the chapters, Katarina's pocket will hold her own notebook that finally has more of her words in it than ours."
For more end of the year wrap ups:
- The posts I wrote about sexual abuse, rape, and survivor issues in the news this year, including my first tv interview.
- Find out how many books I read in 2014 here.
This has been 2014....from Tracie.