I had intended on doing these questions every year. I think last year was a bit of a booger, so that’s why it slipped by without me ever doing it. So, today, you will get 2 years in one post. These reflection questions are from Tsh Oxenreider at SimpleMom.net and you can find the pdf for them .
Jeb and I discussed these and agreed on our answers, so I’ll just post one answer for the both of us.
1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
2010- EK’s implant
2011- Jeb’s new job and EK’s 2nd implant
2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
2010- Jeb’s old job at CPC, moving to a new city, and trying to find a church
2011- Financing for our house we built, working out the transition from Jeb’s old job to new one, and continuing to look for a church
3.What was an unexpected joy this past year?
2010- becoming great friends with the Yeager’s. We knew they lived in Cullman, but never expected them to be such close friends.
2011- Joining Northbrook Baptist Church. This is the church I railed on when we first moved to Cullman. I was NOT a fan, but we went back and now we love it. The pastor is very personable, the preschool minister loves our little ones, Ella Kate likes her class (she saw her teacher in Walmart the other day and screamed until i took her to see her), and we LOVE our Sunday School class and our friends there. Such a blessing.
4. What was an unexpected obstacle? You will begin to see a theme when it comes to obstacles and challenges…
2010- Jeb’s job we moved to Cullman for didn’t work out.
2011- We couldn’t find financing for our new home because it didn’t appraise for the right amount.
5.Pick three words to describe 2010/2011.
2010- Transition/Change, Challenging, Lemonade (tried to make lemonade from our lemons)
2011- Calming, Stable, Encouraging
6.With whom were your most valuable relationships?
2010- Jeb- Don Johnson, Brian Pisarsky, his men’s Bible Study, and Neil Yeager
Jennifer – Holly Dodd (introduced me to tons of people in Cullman), Jennifer Yeager, Lori Reynolds, Carol Bridgers, Carrie Young
2011- Jeb – Michael Whitworth, Michael King, Neil
Jennifer – Jennifer Yeager (we have weekly dinner dates at Chick fil A and just hang out and catch up…she’s my “it doesn’t matter what I’m going through or what I look like today I’m going to love you anyway” kind of friend, Lois Ann Murphree (has become one of my good friends this year, she’s in our Sunday School class and our kids are the same ages and are wild and crazy together), Karenina Coley (life long college friend who I meet in Bham every other Tuesday after Therapy), Jesse King (another life long college friend who couldn’t get rid of me if she tried…I’m scrappy), Dawn Cook (her daughter has CI’s and we chat at her store quite often. So nice to have a friend who’s “been there.”), Kathy (the manager at the vision center who LOVES Ella Kate like her own and is so good to us…even when we’re on our 6th pair of glasses…)
Our Sunday School Class has been a huge blessing to us this last part of the year as well.
7. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
As always, FB for me, Twitter for Jeb, and the internet in general for both of us.
8. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
Jeb- when he’d do his quiet times during naptime instead of waiting until the end of the day and falling asleep during it.
Jennifer – keeping caught up on laundry. If I ever got behind it would take days to catch back up. It’s amazing how many clothes 5 people can go through!
9.What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
2010- God’s funny. He brought us to Cullman for so many reasons, but to work at the place Jeb originally worked wasn’t one of them…well, he had to work there to get to where he is now. It all worked out perfectly in the end. Trusting God and his timing and not trying to take control is hard, but so worth it.
2011- It is so important to take in TODAY. Not to worry about what could happen to one of our kids or one of us tomorrow, but to enjoy every day with them.
10. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2011 for you.
2010- Things aren’t always what they seem.
2011- Stability in the home, workplace, and finances is a plus.