A Year of Personal Growth – 2012

I realize I may be a little late on this, but HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I hope that everyone rang in the New Year safely!  Did you make a new year’s resolution?  I did, although it has already been a work in progress, to become more organized and work more efficiently so that I can spend more time with my family.

A Year of Personal Growth

I can honestly say 2012 was not a bad year for us. I feel like it was a year of personal growth in so many ways. We have struggled financially for quite sometime now, so I guess I feel like every month we were so focused on just making it through one more month that it left little time for any other worries.  But in the process of all that I feel like my faith in God only grew.  I know that, although we have not been in a good place, that this is where I need to be and somehow we always make it through.


I also feel that I have grown as a person and a mom. By nature I have always been a worrier, and I tend to not like change too much.  I guess you would call me rather unbendable. For instance when I get used to doing things a certain way when my husband is away at the fire department for a long time and then comes home and wants to change things up, it really throws me.

In 2012 I have worked really hard and letting go of all the worrying, and just not being so uptight in general.  Another goal was, as a mom, I wanted to set a good example for my children with being a calmer parent.  At times it is very challenging when all three children are pushing your buttons all at the same time though! I feel like I am always a work in progress. I want to continue to grow as a person and a mom and be the best I can be for my husband and children.

I also feel I grew a lot in my work from home.  I have kind of flopped around for the last few years trying to find a good fit on what I could do from home that would help ease the financial burden from my husband and enable us to do more as a family.  I feel I have finally found what I want to be when I grow up, at 46 no less, and that is to be a blogger.  I love blogging.  I really enjoy sharing things that I have learned in hopes that it may be of use to someone else. I love the blogging community.  I have met such amazing people who have such a strong work ethic and such drive; I am so honored to be a part of such a fabulous community.

I will tell you though that, although 2012 as a whole was not a bad year…it did not end on such a good note. On New Year’s Eve we took the kids roller-skating with my sister, brother-in-law and their 3 boys.  It was a very good time until on my way back from getting larger skates for Anna and Ethan I lost my footing.  Rob, my husband, happened to be right in front of me so when my feet (with skates on) went up in the air they hit the back of his legs bringing him down on top of me.  As it turns out, he broke the radial head in his elbow!  I had some bruising but he definitely got the worst of it.  Of course everyone at the fire department teases that I tried to take him out.  The only thing I managed to do though was bring a whole lot more work on myself and increase the financial burden once again!  My husband is part-time at the fire department so although he still gets his full-time paycheck it was actually the part-time work that was doubling his salary at that really pays a lot of the bills.

We went to the Orthopedic today and Rob will need a CT to determine which route to go at this point with his elbow.  If the bone shifted even 1 mm then surgery will be required so that the bone is in the proper position to allow for full range-of-motion of his elbow.  If there has not been any shift of the bone then he should just need a sling.  They actually do not like to cast that injury since they do not want that joint to be locked up for too long.  Best-case scenario is back to the fire department in 6 weeks.  The orthopedic said, from the x-rays it does not appear there was any shift in the bone but the CT will tell for sure.  Fingers are crossed and prayers are being said!  I have faith that this will all work out.  It may be a struggle, but we will get through it.

Here is to a great 2013 for everyone!

I would love to hear from you!  How was your 2012 and what changes do you want for 2013…if any?

About the Author

A Mommy blogger who loves working from home while raising her 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old boy/girl twins with her husband. I have a passion for learning and enjoy anything having to do with the technical side of blogging. I am also always working on self-improvement and being the best mom I can to my children. I am also a bit of a coffee addict! ❤


  1. Becky Kuntz says

    Sorry to hear about your Husband!!! But glad the rest of your year went well! Our year as a Family was pretty difficult , but we managed to hold on to each other as tight as we could and got through it all!!! I hope 2013 is much brighter and goes smoother for all of us, it should… Thanks for sharing your lovely family and hope the hubby’s elbow is back on track soon!

    • Hi Becky,

      So sorry to hear about the difficulties your family had, but so glad you and your family held on to each other and made it through. We just found out today my husband has to have surgery! Yuck.

      I hope you have a wonderful 2013!

  2. Susan Updegraft says

    I am working on a list of Goals for my New Years resolution!

  3. Holly Trudeau says

    Great goals! Mine is to actually stick to a fitness program for once in my life! Mommy;s gotta loose that baby weight!

  4. Melanie N. says

    You are awesome! Good luck with everything! Happy new year!

  5. Debra Benjamin says

    DEFINITELY to get more organized. Take that heap of papers, get em organized, and know where everything is!!

  6. Jennifer Hokanson says

    GOOD luck in the New Year! Love your blog!!

  7. My resolution is to spend more time with my family and to do that I need to be on first shift.

  8. Pat Sandmeier says

    Happy New Year to you to hope you have a great new year. Mine is to get my house packed and find a nice place to live.

    • Happy New Year to you too Pat! Good luck with getting your house packed and finding a nice place to live – I hope all your goals are met with flying colors!

  9. dineca havrilla says

    as always my goal is to lose weight, so hopefully this year I can make my dream a reality.

  10. My goal this year is to not let the little things bug me. I am just going to let them go. Good luck with your husbands elbow. Your in my prayers.

    • That is a good one Tammy, and one I understand all too well! I envy those who do let things roll off their shoulders so easily, but slowly I am getting there…and you will too!

      We just found out today that my husband needs surgery on his elbow. Not the answer we were hoping for but we’ll get through it!

      Happy 2013 to you!

  11. Karen Hand says

    First of all, let me say that my prayers are with you and your husband during these troubling times. God is always testing our faith and won’t give us more trouble than we can handle. With that being said, I put my faith in God as in December, 2011, my husband had a coronary embolism and left in a medically induced coma for three weeks, so, 2012 was a year of recovering health wise. He was only given a 10 percent chance of recovery, but our prayers were definitely answered as when the doctors brought him out of the coma, he did not show any immediate signs of any brain damage. It has been a slow recovery physically and financially as he exhausted all his medical benefits with this latest hospitalization, but I thank God every day for allowing my husband to stay with me even if it is just one more day. I have been truly blessed in 2012 and will consider myself extremely lucky if 2013 is as good to our family as 2012 was.

    • Wow Karen what a year 2011 was for you! I am so glad to hear that your husband beat such lopsided odds! I am so happy your husband survived and is still with you. It is definitely worth the exhausted hospital benefits to have him with you. I pray your husband continues his amazing recovery. Have a wonderful 2013.

  12. Lucy Lopez says

    Prayers for your husband and thank you for sharing your story. May you and your family have a blessed new year.

    • Thank you for your thoughts and prayers Lucy! We actually found out today that my husband will require surgery. Not the news we had hoped for, but hopefully this will be the worst of it and then a quick recovery.

  13. 2012 was a year with ups and down. New grandbaby was terrific. My mother being ill not good at all, but all in all, we are blessed.

    Organization is something I need to work on in 2013. I have too many pots going at the same time.

    • Congratulations on your grand baby – that is awesome, and definitely a great up! So sorry about your mom being ill – she will be in my prayers.

      Good luck with your organization all your pots, they can be hard to keep track of sometimes!

      Have a Happy 2013!

  14. To become more organized, to be physically active like doing exercise, eat healthy food, good enough sleep.

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