In January, I started in my new position at work on our enrollment team. It was something none of our other offices had done, so we were the guinea pigs. It was a crazy month getting a system going--I worked a lot of long days and we were adjusting to a new team. The first few months were rough, it was like starting a brand new job and I was exhausted every day. But I was also so excited for the opportunity to be doing evaluations all the time since that is what I love most.
February started with a girls weekend with my best friend and her mom. It included lots more of the same--working, Bible Study, sleep. I also got to attend a wedding for my friends Courtney and Kenneth
In April, I spent lots of time with my family for Easter and other weekends and celebrated at a wedding reception for my friends Paul and Hannah. I also went on the Women's Retreat with Woodcreek where I got to connect with new friends and enjoy getting away from life here. That weekend I also expressed to my friend Sami some frustrations about feeling like I was ready for some sort of change in life and tired of being in the same place. Little did I know that that weekend was one of the first times David started seriously considering asking me out. (oh how fun it is to look back on the year and see God's hand in ways I never would have at the time)
May started with a girls' weekend with my friend Katie. We had breakfast and then I went with her and Melissa to celebrate our friend Laura's birthday. That night Katie was my plus one for Cinco de Reedo at Jeremy and Aja's house. May also brought helping Erin with set up for Matt and Daisy's wedding--it was a fun day celebrating with the couple and our friends--and it was made even more fun for me when it ended with David asking me out to dinner. So the rest of May was spent on our first dates, getting to know each other and having fun together at several different locations.
In August, I went to Nicaragua for a week with a group from church. It was neat for me to get to see and experience the things I've heard about for the last couple years. The rest of the month was pretty low-key and ended with Chase's 1st birthday party.
September and October were full of Fall Fun! We went to the Fair, a couple Rangers Games, and Six Flags. We also enjoyed a few Saturdays at home watching football.
November was a bit crazy as well. The first weekend included a trip to Pine Cove for workcrew, then I came back for my mom's surgery. The next week was spent working part-time and being with my family the rest. God taught me a lot in walking through cancer with my mom and I am so grateful for the healing He has provided as I continue to pray and hurt for others in my family who are touched by it right now. November also included a quick trip to Waco to meet up with good friends and watch Baylor beat K State!
And December rounds out the year. It started with a proposal and was full of Christmas (and wedding planning) fun! We enjoyed several parties and Christmas outings as well as trips to visit family.
And now we're in 2013! Last year was full of unexpected turns (both bad and good) and I never would have predicted at the beginning of 2012 that I would be engaged by the end of it. But I am so grateful for God's timing in it all and the man He brought in to my life. And I'm looking forward to 2013 possibly being the best year yet!