Thirteen days into 2012, is it too late to do an end of 2011 survey? I just saw this on Rage Against the Minivan and thought it was such a great idea. Thanks, Kristen.
1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Plant a church!
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
There was one big one that I really failed out. The other one was to stop freaking out. I at least made some headway on that one. I don't have any major resolutions this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister-in-law, Lindsay, had a baby girl named Ava - my one and only niece! She's a doll.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one truly close to me died. My great-uncle passed the week Jackson started kindergarten, and while I didn't know him well, his life had a very big impact on everyone in our family.
5. What countries did you visit?
I got to visit Ecuador with Compassion and some friends I met on the Internet. I fell in love with that beautiful country and its people. Los Angeles is technically not a different country, but in August I spent several days serving at the Dream Center with an amazing group of women. I would love to go back with a team from our church.
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
I can't really think of anything. 2011 was kind to me. On second thought, I would like more patience with my kids.
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 26 was the night we hosted a dinner for a group of friends to share our vision for Bayou City Fellowship.
September 11 was the day our church launched publicly.
8. What was your biggest achievement for the year?
Sending Jackson to kindergarten and adjusting to life with a kid in school every day. I also started a new habit of waking up at 6 AM on weekdays to have my quiet time. This has been an amazing change in my life.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I wasted a lot of time messing around on the computer.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I struggled with anxiety but I'm dealing with it effectively now. Thank You, Jesus.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Two baseball gloves.
12. Where did most of your money go?
My Jeep kicked the bucket and we bought a new (to me) car.
13. What did you get really excited about?
My friends Angela and Alicia moving to Houston to help us start BCF.
14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
"Overcome" by New Life Worship.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
-Happier or sadder?
-Thinner or fatter?
My goal for 2012 is to find balance here. I was at different times thinner and fatter than I needed to be in 2011.
-Richer or poorer?
16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Cook dinner for my family.
17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
18. How did you spend Christmas?
On Christmas Eve our church held an outdoor service. We knew the building we meet in wasn't going to have power due to construction going on over the holidays, so we decided to have it outside. It ended up being very cold and wet that night, but we stayed (mostly) dry under an overhang. Everything about it was inconvenient for us, but so was everything that happened in the Christmas story. Hello, Mary gave birth in a stable. As Curtis said, we may never do it that way again, but we will always remember it. It was a very sweet night and I'll never forget this:
We had Christmas Eve dinner with our dear friends, the Steffens. Christmas morning was at our home and we spent the rest of the day at my parents' house. That night we packed up for our trip to Missouri.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
We got rid of cable about a year and a half ago and use Netflix, but I really miss 20/20, as dorky as that sounds. If I had a favorite show (not an endorsement) it would be Parks and Recreation.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
21. What was your favorite music this year?
Hillsong, Hillsong United, Passion 2011
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
The Help, Sherlock Holmes
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32 in October. The night of my birthday, my mom cooked dinner for me and we had a little fiesta at her house.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being with Jesus.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Ha! I guess you could say I plunged deeply into the equestrian look with my tall brown boots and a green velvet blazer I got from Banana Republic like 7 years ago.
26. What kept you sane?
See number 10. Also, LOTS of people praying for us.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
When someone says something to me out of their flesh or lack of faith, I can choose to stay in the spirit and continue believing God. I don't have to descend into a pit. I got to practice this a lot. :)