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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ringing in the New Year: A Year in Review

It always amazes me that another year has passed.  The years just seem to slip away quicker and quicker every year.  Happy New Year!

I was reading my friend Sheri's year in review - wow...she had a great year blogging and I felt inspired to make a year in review post as well.  I am so proud of Sheri's accomplishments and live (a little) vicariously through her.

This year, I slowed down considerably when it comes to my blog.  However, this little spot on the internet remains my therapy. 

Blogging in 2013

I enjoyed my relationship with P&G and love being a part of their #PGMom program.  Through the program, I've been able to leave surprise packages on the doorstep of my neighbours.  My son helped assemble bags of P&G products and then he delivered them when our neighbours were away.  We loved hearing their surpise at trying to figure out who and why the gifts were left.

My affiliation with P&G also allowed me to make a nice donation of diapers to a church that helped out my family in the past.  For Christmas, we filled up a couple of grocery bins of donations.  Giving is definitely better than receiving and I am so happy I am able to give and teach my children the rewards of giving.  And, that is all because of this blog.

Two of my children had an amazing experience this past summer.  My friend Sheri (again) helped to co-ordinate a trip for two nights to Blue Mountain.  It was a highlight for my kids and I could feel secure in knowing they were safe within the village.   Happiness was the feeling they had a Blue Mountain. 

The year ended with a fun little gift guide to share with my readers.   I was asked a couple of weeks ago what was the best product which we reviewed this year and I said it was a pair of boots.  My daughter wears those boots every day - I am really thankful for the boots!

Ads have been removed and I am really happy to be ad-free again. 


As I close the year, I find myself taking a step back, again.  Over the holidays we found out my Dad is really sick.   For several years, I've looked to my parents for help.  Now, I want to help them as much as I can.  Luckily, my son Matthew is of the age that he is going to be able to help with the yard work when spring comes.  My daughter, Emily can help with house chores.  My children have grown up being excellent helpers and now the time will come for them to help their grandparents.    My Dad will be having treatments every day and I want to try to drive him sometimes just to take some of the pressure off of my Mom.

On the flip side though, my sister is moving home this coming weekend with her family.  It will be great to have them here and by the end of May there will be a new baby to hug!   

So, as the new year arrives, I am not exactly excited or welcoming.  I am scared of the unknown.  One thing I know for sure is this blog will be therapeutic as the year develops.

I hope we can all find peace and happiness in 2014.    


Terra H. said...

Happy New Year! Hope 2014 is a great one for you. I've said a prayer for your dad.

Flo said...

Happy New Year to you and your family and I wish all the best for your Dad.

Florence C

Sheri said...

I'm sorry I just saw this now! I think you have had a fantastic year and I hope there is more greatness coming this year. I'm so glad our blogs brought us together!