Wow. What a year this one has been. It sort of seemed like any other year, until I really thought about what happened in 2015. Here are some highlights and lowlights of 2015!
In no particular order (well, in mostly chronological order) but, y’all know how bad I am at remembering dates!
Joel and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. I know that people say that relationships are hard work… being with Joel is the easiest thing I’ve ever done. And being with him makes every other part of life easier.
The winter was a rough one. Our house took a lot of damage. Over the year we had to get new insulation, a new roof, and some residual damage we haven’t even fixed yet!
Zevon had series of injuries in quick succession. We came close to losing him, for the umpteenth time since his birth! This dog is a miracle, a bundle of all things good in this world. And I am so unbelievably grateful that we were able to save him, to fix him, and to be patient with him and try to give him a happy life.
My skin really cleared up this year. Between being Vegan for so long now, investing in better skin care/makeup, my skin is better than it has ever been. Its not perfect, and the scars will last a lifetime. But what a difference. And what a difference it does for how I feel about myself.
I got my official Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis! This was really neither good nor bad. It make me truly acknowledge my “limitations” and make me accept the situation. But I knew it wouldn’t change anything about how I live my life, or feel about myself.
CKC (scrapbooking convention) is always a highlight of my year. This year was no exception! Spending uninterrupted time with my BFF, in a creative environment is just the bees knees!
I got to see my girl Allie. Who, moved too far away from me, and got engaged! I’m so happy for her. You could never know a more beautiful human.
Adam & Drew bought a gorgeous new house, AND got a new baby pup named Reggie! I overflow with joy every time I see them happy!
Joel’s parents moved here!!!! What a crazy few months it was this summer… house hunting, planning, preparing, and then actually moving them here! One thousand percent the best decision Joel and I could have ever made. We are so fortunate that they agreed to our crazy plan, and willingly moved so close to us! We couldn’t be happier to have them here… they both enrich our lives so much.
I downsized my closet by about 85%. I made $400 selling a lot of it. I donated about 8 garbage bags full, and I tossed 4 bags full! Simplifying your closet simplifies your life. It seems silly, but wow. What a difference!
I visited a farm sanctuary. Seeing animals spared from slaughter, hearing their horrific stories of abuse and then looking into their eyes… that is something you can’t forget.
Camping! Nothing beats the contentment I feel while camping.
I went purple!
Joel’s Dad did an unbelievable amount of work on our house. We don’t deserve so much generosity, or elbow grease! But man, do we love all the improvements!
Falconry. My friend Mary and I learned all about Falconry, and got to fly and receive a Harris’ Hawk. I will never in my life forget that day!
Spending time with my sister in Florida. Seeing her home, meeting her puppy… it was an experience I wanted so badly. Getting to see her new life, in person… it makes it so much more real!
Florida trip. Of course our entire Florida vacation was fantastic. Seeing my sis was the true highlight. But this trip was a really great one, start to finish!
My Grammie’s passing.
The best Christmas in recent history. Having my sister & BIL home, having Joel’s parents here, finally relinquishing the present-giving tradition between myself and some people (instead, enjoying the gift of time spent together, that is!). Everything worked out perfectly, and deliciously… forming a really nice holiday!
Next year we’ve got… some weddings, some babies on the way, more fun vacations and who knows what else! 2015… you were a rollercoaster! But overall, a truly great year, here’s to 2016!