Year in Review: 2015

Aside from two things, 2015 has been a great year for us. So, let’s start with the bad news, and move on.

I do not yet have a new job. And while it’s a little frustrating, it’s not horrible. After all I’m still gainfully employed; and opportunities keep presenting themselves. The right thing will happen at the right time.

The truly bad news is that Dan’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer. He had been sick for quite some time, and he finally started getting tests done around Thanksgiving. The official diagnosis was made about a month ago, and things are moving quickly. He’s getting appropriate and very aggressive treatment now, but we don’t know what kind of time he will get. Please keep him and Dan (and the rest of us) in your prayers.

I just spent about an hour going through my blog, and it has been a good year for us as a family, and for me as a writer.

Top Five Events from 2015

1. I was in Listen to Your Mother, the inaugural Pittsburgh edition, and not only was it one of the top events of 2015, it was one of the coolest things I have done in my life. I highly recommend it.

The ladies of LTYM.
Cast of LYTM 2015 Pittsburgh. Image by Ashley Mikula Photography

2. We went to Chicago, and Chicago was a lot of fun.

Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, and aside from Legoland, M’s favorite.
Angel of Chicago
Our guide and friend with a sassy M.

3. I wrote a lot in 2015, and not just on the blog. I did Project: Food Budget again; I participated in #30DaysofJournaling; I wrote two stories (with more to come in 2016) for kidsburgh.org; and I completed the challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is 50,000 words in 30 days. I still have to finish the book, and I am getting there, but, yeah. I used lots of words this year, and that feels good.

4. I got a new niece, and we went to see her for Thanksgiving! (The rest of my family was there too.)

5. The Christmas Eve baton was passed, and I nailed the Seven Fish meal.

I had my struggles, too, but the great thing about having a blog is that I got to work them out.

1. I walked out of church one day. It turned out okay; I went back.

2. We put the girls in public school. It was the right decision, but it resulted in some adjustments.

Kate's first day of school, 2015.
Think positive! Kate on the first full day of third grade.

3. We dog-sat for a week, and learned that one of our children is ready for a dog; one is not; and the other is indifferent.

4. Flora asked if it was hard to be a mom. I said no, but the truth is, it’s complicated.

5. A message for the ladies: Stop saying sorry!

My Five Favorite Posts from 2015

I am sincerely hoping that 2016 turns out to be as much fun, as productive, and as positive as 2015. I’m sure it won’t be without its bumps, but as always, I’m confident the good can outweigh the bad.

Happy New Year, from the RPM family to yours!

Family portrait
I mean, c’mon. Not only do we have a good time together, we’re a pretty good-looking family!

What was the highlight of your year?

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