Where I’ve Been & Your Favorites for 2012 …


2012 Favorites


“The secret to good writing, is good living in secret.” ~ Ann Voskamp

I’ve been a little quiet over here the past few weeks, but it’s because life has been very, very full of a lot of–
I decided at the beginning of December that I needed a little
To just enjoy Christmas with our family and so a gift to myself was this little break from writing so that I could focus a bit more on–
Good Living.

Not everyone needed a break to keep their focus during this season, but I know that–  I did.
And it was so good to just take that pause to be– present.

We had a beautiful, crazy, fun-filled, Christ-focused, loud, silly, joyful,
Sort of Christmas.

And it was wonderful.
And I’m so thankful.
And Lord willing, I’ll be back on a regular basis in 2013.

But I just wanted to stop in to say how thankful I am for each and every one of you regular readers & friends.
I pour my heart out from time to time here in this spot and you offer such encouragement and connection.

I’m thankful for you.

I decided to end 2012 with a list of reader’s choice posts–
The ones that you chose as your favorites from this past year.

Thank you for faithfully reading, subscribing, sharing, commenting, convicting, responding, supporting, and encouraging.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to me or how often God uses your words in my life.

See you in 2013!


Top Posts for 2012:

Why We Don’t Believe in Babysitters  (this has improved quite a bit and we’re now having weekly-walking-date-nights)

Four Years Ago Tonight (ways to weep with those who are hurting)

Love Confirmed (or my take on Allume 2012) (my trip to a writing conference)

And This is What I Worked on During Naptime  (or what “someone” worked on…)

I Like Being in 4th Grade (or 4th Grade & Dyslexia)  (actually a post from 2011, but it is close to my heart and was a top post for 2012 as well)

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? (did I really open that can of worms?)

Is Your Family Your Idol? (I’m still wrestling with this one)

Trusting Him With Your Everything (an honest review of Mary DeMuth’s new book)

And Then He Told Me That I’d Adopted (our adoption story with links to the whole adoption series at the bottom of this post)

Giving Your Children an Eternal Perspective (talking to your children about Heaven)

Praying to Grow a World Christian (raising children with a heart for all the nations)

Helping a Pre-Reader (Phonemic Awareness) (ideas for helping your child become a better reader)






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  1. Rest is so needful and good for the soul….good for you to know a break was necessary.

  2. HopeUnbroken says:

    Loved looking over those posts. The dyslexia one–that’s how I originally found you–and fell in love :-) And the babysitter one–so glad you’ve “installed” the date nights! They’re an essential :-) Anyway, sounds like your December was just what it needed to be. Looking forward to a new year with you. Blessings to you, friend.

  3. LeAnn Williams says:

    I think Christmas time is the perfect break to enjoy those extra precious family moments. I look forward to another great year of your posts.
    Blessings to you and have a wonderful New Year.

  4. I’m so glad you had a restful, fun Christmas! Welcome back:)

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