This week’s photo challenge was the perfect excuse to scroll back over the events of the past year. Our family had a pretty nice 2012, and choosing a picture from each month was much harder than I would have expected. What I realized was that no matter how slow or boring a month may have seemed, none of them actually were. From remodeling the RV and getting ready to hit the road, trips to the park, camping and drives out to Freezeout Lake, everyday held something special for our family, although I may not have realized it at the time. So now, as we sit on the front porch of a brand-new year, full of endless possibilities and potential, I am reminded that every day counts. Not just the big ones when we are doing grand things. Every. Single. Day.
January 2012: In our house, we have a couple of kids who get really excited when January rolls around. They know that once the New Year hits, their birthday is just right around the corner. Of course that means that once again, the twins are excited about their birthday and turning eight. Last year, though, seven was pretty exciting.
February 2012: After months of stress and worry, we finally sold our small Hobby Farm. No matter how much we were hoping things would work out, it was really hard to let it go. It was our choice to leave it, but I think for quite some time we felt as though we had made the wrong decision. We walked away from what we loved for a job in a place that never did feel like home. But if I am to be completely honest, we were restless on the farm as well. Now that it is all said and done, I can’t help but feel as though letting it go was a step in the right direction. Someday we may find the place that feels like home, but we have not come across it yet, and until we do, settling down is not a hight priority.
March 2012: While we were in Great Falls, Freezeout Lake was one of our favorite places to visit. There was always such a variety of birds and the sunsets were beautiful. The back road was through a horse pasture, so the kids were able to get out for a walk. The (insert foul word here) wind was always there to keep us company as well. This is also where we came upon a sweet group of horses who surrounded the van and let us scratch and love on them. When we finally drove away, they followed us for a while, while the twins looked out the back window and cried… It is safe to say that every person in our family is hopelessly in love with horses. (Even Rob, although he may not be willing to admit it.)
April 2012: Our family suffered a great loss in April: our beloved black lab, Bailey B. He was such a wonderful companion, and losing him broke our hearts. His collar now hangs around the rear-view mirror of Waldo, so he always has a front row seat, just as he would have wanted. From time to time, we still hear him, or smell him. When we do, we spend some time remembering how wonderful he was, how bad he smelled (no matter how often he was bathed), or how much we missed tripping over him as he sprawled on the floor of the RV. We miss him dearly. Life is not the same without him, but we are extremely grateful to have had him as a part of our family.
May 2012: Goslings! With May came goslings galore. The river was lined with new families, some with only two new additions and others with a dozen. I loved to lie in the grass and take their pictures. Such a wonderful sign of spring.
June 2012: June was an exciting month. The school year ended, summer began, Rob and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary, the kids and I ventured to Boise to visit my family and William turned nine. William had been asking for a new bike for his birthday, and I was pretty excited to find an orange one (his favorite color) for him. It is strange to think that this year William will enter his double digits. Time really does fly…
July 2012: Glacier National Park!!! Rob’s sister and her husband were brave enough to meet us in G.N.P. for a few days. We hiked some beautiful trails and had a wonderful time. I am not sure when we will be back up there, but when we are, we will have to tackle some more trails. It is so incredibly peaceful and I had such a strong urge to wander into the woods and not come out.
August 2012: The long-awaited Launch Date had arrived!! After months and months of planning our RV life, it was finally time to head out. We had a wonderful week as we headed from Great Falls, MT to Campbellsville, KY. Mount Rushmore has been on my to-see list forever, so it was neat to finally be able to see it in person.
September 2012: On the first of September we pulled into Kentucky. I have always had a secret love affair with Kentucky, so arriving was thrilling. Since then, we have been exploring as much of the state as possible. The hiking trails are wonderful, and it is always fun to try to identify trees, plants and birds that we don’t have back in the Northwest. Every member of our family comes alive out in the woods.
October 2012: I have loved every minute we have spent exploring Kentucky, but one of my very favorite places has been Lexington. The horse farms are breathtaking, and seeing them in the fall with the beautiful setting-sun made it that much more beautiful. Kentucky is all that I hoped it would be. And so much more.
November 2012: As many of you know, our cat, Remington, travels with us. He does very well on the road and adjusts easily to pretty much everything. I am very grateful for this because not only do I want Remi to be with us, but I also need him. He is my therapy kitty. The simple act of petting him calms me. All my insecurities, all my anxieties, they melt away when I place my head against Remi’s warm, purring side. He is an amazing, well-traveled kitty, and I love him dearly.
December 2012: One of the great things about being in Kentucky is that we are really close to Tennessee. We had been so busy exploring Kentucky, though, that we had not made it down to Tennessee. That is, until we received a check and needed to go to the bank. Suddenly, a trip to Tennessee was at the top of the list. And we had the best time. An early barbecue dinner with live music, an over-dose at a candy store and rain made for an adventurous afternoon. We enjoyed Nashville so much that we plan to head that direction for a few days when we leave here in a few weeks.
Well, I guess that about sums up our year. I want to take a minute to personally thank all of you who have been a part of our journey. This game called Life goes fast, and it is easy to get caught up in the past, or dreams of the future, but it is important to live one day, one minute, one breath at a time. I am finally beginning to learn this. Happy New Year!