Hello. Happy Anniversary of my birth! That's right. It's my birthday again. Didn't we just do this last year? I hope there's cake!
I have noticed as I get older that I tend to reflect on what all has been accomplished in the last year as I start a new one. Do you do that? No. Well, I packed a lot into this year, some good, some bad. I can't really call it a good year or a bad year because they almost seemed like they wanted to even each other out.
We celebrated my son turning one.
We said good-bye to my sweet mother-in-law, something we never thought we would have already had to do.
We celebrated my book coming out in November. And I have self-taught myself marketing, which is why I'm still not great at it, but I'm a work in progress.
We celebrated my daughter turning three.
We made amazing friends in our new area, and have grown so close to several of them over the last year.
We celebrated Christmas without travelling.
We bought a house and moved in.
We set up a swing set in the backyard, got the foundation repaired, replaced the AC, added a screen door on the back, hung a ceiling fan, and several other little things to said house.
We put in a garden and grew vegetables (so much squash and tomatoes!). And did a few other little landscaping things, too, with more in the works.
We said good-bye to my sweet grandmother and visited Oklahoma for probably one of the last times.
We celebrated my husband finishing his first year teaching here.
I attended my first writer's retreat and loved it.
We celebrated fourteen years of marriage.
We enjoyed our summer break, although it almost didn't feel long enough.
We took the kids to their first Atlanta Braves game, and to see their last great-grandmother.
We've taught Bible classes, helped in VBS, gone to several get-togethers, lived.
On second thought, the good definitely outweighs the bad.
In honor of my birthday, I'm going to do a giveaway. Anyone want a date night? I'm giving away a date-night like the one my characters Jess and Chad had in my book An Unexpected Legacy. Stay home and enjoy a Redbox rental and a bowl of popcorn on me. Want to be entered? Just leave a comment here or on my Facebook author page telling me how you would celebrate if you could do anything you wanted to for your birthday. Deadline is 9pm central on Friday.
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