This is my sixth year doing an end-of-the-year meme here!
1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Took on the exciting challenge of homeschooling all six of my children.
Got an exercise partner and got going with a regular workout plan that is working great 7 months later!
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Yes I did, and yes I will.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Friends from church just had twins last week! Other friends at church had their second child.
4. Did anyone close to you die? My Gram died in July. It still hurts. She was awesome.
Our rescue dog Marlee died two weeks ago. Knowing and loving Marlee has changed me forever.
5. What countries did you visit? None, as usual.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Brain space.
7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Last year's meme mentioned something really difficult that our family was experiencing. The day that was resolved for us (which took all the way until June) was important.
I traveled to visit my Gram in May, taking a special trip there because we knew she was declining in her health. I knew it would be the last time I saw her. It was a good visit. I'm glad I went.
Seeing our dog Marlee through to the end of her life is something I will remember forever.
My brother and his girlfriend, my sister, and my mom and her husband all came here to spend some days with us after Christmas, and it was great to spend that time with them.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Surviving and thriving through some really tough stuff. And embracing homeschooling all six kids. And losing 30 pounds!
9. What was your biggest failure? I've had too many blessings to recall any failures.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Not that I remember.
11. What was the best thing you bought? The best thing I "bought" was No Regrets, by following my heart on many things, from the travels I took to spend time with much-loved family members, to the way we continued to care for our sweet dog until she died. Peace of mind and soul is a very valuable thing to possess.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? (same answer as last year) Mine! Saying yes to homeschooling, and being fiercely committed to what I feel is the right thing for my kids, even when difficult, is something I celebrate.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted? Thankfully I cannot think of who that would be.
14. Where did most of your money go? Living!
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My oldest son choosing to be homeschooled again, and the way he is loving it. I am so blessed to be surrounded by my fabulous kids every day!
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? The first is a good one from the radio, and the FF5 is a fun memory from when I went to Ichthus with my teenagers in June!
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? definitely happier
b) thinner or fatter? 30 pounds thinner!
c) richer or poorer? richer!
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? I don't know if I wish I had, but it would have been nice to rest more and read more. For some crazy reason I don't have much time for those items....
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? I could say crying, except the amount of crying I did is only because of how deeply I love. And I wouldn't want to change that.
20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve? Going to a dear friend's birthday party, and then playing games with the kids, and then hanging out with my hubby. :)
21. Did you fall in love in 2009? I'm always in love.
22. What was your favorite TV program? Deadliest Catch, Castle, Survivor
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I don't do hate.
24. What was the best book you read? Stretching Lessons by Sue Bender. Wonderful!
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Family Force 5 (discovered at Ichthus)
26. What did you want and get? A wide flat screen computer monitor. (thanks honey!) Now I can see two browser windows at once!
Also, help cleaning my house. Yay! A longtime dream of mine that last year I wrote about as a thing I wanted but did not get. This year I decided to get the help when I could afford it, and it has been absolutely lovely. In 2010 I hope to get even more help. I sure could use it!
27. What did you want and not get? Can't think of anything.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? The Proposal
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 38 this year, and I didn't have a cake because I had stopped eating sugar a month before. :) 38 has been sweet nonetheless.
30.What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying? Spending more time with my extended family.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Improving!
32. What kept you sane? Remembering the reasons why I have chosen the path I'm on.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Can't think of any fancies...
34. What political issue stirred you the most? Politics doesn't stir me much.
35. Who did you miss? My Gram. I miss her every day, but thankfully have a zillion excellent memories to reflect on.
36. Who was the best new person you met? Right now I can't think of a totally new person, but there are several people in my life that have been wonderful to get to know better.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. This wasn't a new lesson, but am important one to be reminded of: Make decisions based on your solid beliefs, and live them out in the best way you know how. You will be blessed.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. From Michael Franti: "I love you! I love you! I love you!"