2010 in review

In 2010:

  • We sold our existing home and bought a new one
  • We bought a ZTR mower
  • Honey suffered a concussion and spent a few nights in the CCU
  • I spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at his parent’s home for the first time
  • We went to Holiday World again
  • We toured Springfield, IL – hometown of Pres. Abraham Lincoln
  • We began extensively remodeling our new home, which included a new roof, HVAC unit, and tankless water heater
  • I met Honey’s sister, brother-in-law, and niece for the first time
  • I talked to Jim on the telephone (!)
  • I bought my first truck
  • We finally got a storm shelter
  • I got my first smartie-pants phone – the Droid Incredible
  • We had a white Christmas!!
  • I saw David Gray and Ray Lamontagne in concert
  • This blog has its highest number of page views in a single day (11,539)

Plans for 2011:

  • Go somewhere fun for vacation (maybe Washington, DC)
  • Get a lot more done on the house
  • Pay off my car loan
  • Save more $$

Fall photo series

I always enjoy the cooler temperatures and brilliant colors of autumn, but even more so this year from a new location. The woods and pond behind our new home provide countless opportunities to revel in the beauty of earth, and it is much easier to feel close to God in these surroundings than sitting in a church sanctuary.


I don’t put much stock in New Year resolutions (or “revolutions,” as I like to call them), but I do think they are a good indicator of a person’s intent to better themselves. Although we’re already a week into 2010, here are a few of the things that I want to work on this year.

Less Facebook, more blogging

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Sure, it has helped me connect with some people that I might never have gotten to know otherwise, but it also prevents me from doing one of the things I most enjoy – writing.

Stop interrupting people

It pains me to even admit this fault of mine, but I tend to interrupt people when I get carried away in a conversation. Certain situations, such as a group debate or discussion, might necessitate this behavior, but interrupting during a one-on-one conversation is just bad manners. I think the reason I do this is that I’m so busy thinking and calculating about what I’m going to say next that the first hint of a lull or pause in the other person’s voice is all the invitation I need to jump in. I need to work on that.

Get involved in churchy stuff again

I got so burned out on church during the last part of 2009. While I was revved for action throughout most of summer and autumn, I quickly ran out of steam and it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed on Sunday mornings (and there were many weeks when I didn’t).

I’m reminding myself that when I joined last July, I made a commitment to the congregation to be there, to help out, and to do my best to ensure that we keep moving forward.

Stop cursing

I made a promise to God nine years ago that I would stop using curse words. It was one of those vows we make in a moment of panic (on an airplane in a storm, in this case) and know as soon as the words come out that it’s going to be next to impossible to keep. Nevertheless, I feel a little pang of remorse every time I use a “bad” word.

I actually think the debate over inappropriate language is interesting, because they are just words after all. Giving one word more weight than another seems a little silly, but I realize the social implications a word can have. I also realize that while saying “shoot” or “fudge” might be a little more socially-acceptable, if the intent is the same, the meaning is the same.

That’s it. Wish me luck. =)