Wow. When I think back on all of the things God has done in my life in 2014, I can only say one thing about this past year: WOW.
It’s been so crazy. Absolutely insane. I’ve done more this year than I have in my entire life. I’ve had more opportunities, more blessings, more trials, and more responsibilities this year than ever before. I know I’ve been changed for the better and for good because of what’s happened.
- My older sister, “Arwen,” left before the New Year to help a mother of four who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, leaving me as the oldest at home. She would be gone through June. (The mother is doing much better, praise God!)
- A good friend of the family passed away suddenly right after New Year’s Day, leaving behind eight children. Prayers for their family would be appreciated, as the one-year anniversary is coming up.
- A calendar event at 11am on January 1st simply says “Discovered coffee.” This is probably more accurate than I’d like to admit. 🙂
- Started working with my second CollegePlus coach after my first coach started maternity leave.
- Started covering for Arwen with her two-day-a-week nannying job. Promptly fell in love with the kids. (The first day I picked them up was that big ice storm down here that you might have heard about. You know, the one where all the Northerners laughed at all the Southerners for freaking out? Yeah. I’d like to see all of THEM try to drive on icy roads – that can’t really be fixed because we only have five ice trucks for the entire STATE – with two scared toddlers in the backseat. My car spun out, but I saved it from crashing and killing the three of us. It was insane.)
- Left for a week-long trip to Kentucky and Ohio. Visited the Creation Museum again and stayed in Maysville, where Rosemary Clooney was born and raised. My siblings and I still frequently reference all of the crazy things that happened during that trip, one of the better stories being that I finally got them addicted to Boy Meets World. We watched an entire season in less than a week. (We also got to watch a lot of the Sochi Olympics, and I really enjoyed seeing Meryl and Charlie compete!)
- Struggled through my least favorite CLEP so far – Western Civ I – and finally finished it after two months of study. *facepalm* I took a week off after I passed it with flying colors (how that even worked out is still a mystery to me – I failed SEVEN practice tests and rescheduled it five times).
- Started with my third CollegePlus coach (in less than a year). Still working with her and love her to bits and pieces!
- JellyBean’s first birthday and first Gotcha Day party!
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out. Feels ran rampant.
- Nailed down my degree choice – Humanities with an emphasis on English and writing courses.
- Started the first Leadership Course with Dr. Jeff Myers. LOVED it.
- Arwen came to visit. We went to a wedding (my dad’s first that he officiated) and saw The Lion King.
- Although still pretty hectic, May became one of my more normal months. No major things happened, and I focused on studying and editing Becoming Nikki.
- Invited myself to ride with a friend and her family to Texas for the CPE3. Plans are not laid down for several months, but I kept my fingers crossed ’til they are.
- Started a new blog, feelsy feels, with Eva and Miss Jane.
- Became a Sophomore in College.
- I and a few of my siblings volunteered for the children’s program at a homeschool conference, including being leaders of groups of children and participating in several skits. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun.
- Started the second Leadership Course. Didn’t love it as much as the first one, but I still enjoyed it.
- Failed my first CollegePlus test. 😦
- Traveled to Texas with Mom to get Arwen. I drove fourteen hours total, including one six-hour streak. I started reading the Hunger Games trilogy (for the first time) the day we left and finished it in less than a week. Again, feels ran rampant.
- Participated in NaNo for the third time, starting The Art of Letting Go based on an idea I got during the trip to Texas less than a week before. Surprisingly, I still won.
- My siblings and I went to Camp GrandmaHoney at our grandparents house with our cousins and, as usual, had a great time. While we were there, I found out that the nannying job is mine for the keeping – YAY!
- Started playing with the Reinhardt University Symphony Orchestra for the sixth year in a row.
- Started talking to Morgan about helping me publish Nikki.
- Hosted my first piano recital. Both of my students played marvelously, and we had a night in while the parents went out for a double-date.
- Discovered my hero, Louie Zamperini, after reading Unbroken for the first time. I promptly started recommending it to everyone I know.
- Traveled to the beach with the family, have a blast for the first time in a long time.
- Studied for and passed a test in five days. 🙂
- THE CPE3 HAPPENS, WHICH WAS THE MOST AMAZING FIVE DAYS OF MY LIFE.
- Found my best friend, who had been right under my nose for the past four years – I just didn’t know it because we never really talked. All it took was a twelve-day cross-country trip. Now we’re besties forevah.
- Traveled for most of this month – home only eight days out of the entire month. O_O
- Started doing study dates with my BFF every Thursday before my nannying job.
- Finished editing Nikki at three in the morning before my deadline, sent it off to Morgan, officially started the publishing process. (!!!!!)
- Passed the CollegePlus test I’d previously failed – WIN.
- Decided not to do NaNo in lieu of the fact that I knew I’d be swamped with publishing stuff. (Boy, I was more right than I thought.)
- Auditioned for a play, even though I didn’t get the part. (Now I’ve got the acting bug.)
- Played in my first wedding with Arwen. It goes really well!
- Attended a Hunter Hayes concert. : ))))))))))
- Graduated from being a teenager – YUSSSSSS.
- Published my first novel, did my first blog tour, got my first paycheck related to my novel. Things haven’t calmed down since. 🙂
So, yeah, my life has been pretty crazy over the past year. So much happened in such a short amount of time!
My verse for the year was Joshua 1:7-9: “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
It’s been pretty amazing to see God work through this verse and make it so real to me in the craziness of the past year! Yes, a ton of things have happened, but God has been so faithful and has given me strength and courage to do all of the amazing things I’ve been able to do this past year. I’m so blessed!
Can’t wait for even more craziness in 2015!