There's definitely been a lot of really good stuff that happened this year.
But if I could sum up our year with one little word, it would be:
I haven't written much about this on the blog,
but this year has been very different for our little family.
In August of 2011, we put our house on the market.
We loved our home, but it was past time for us to move
to somewhere that had a bit more space for us.
We looked and looked at tons of houses,
and we found a lot we liked,
but none that we loved.
Buying a home is a big decision,
and in a lot of ways,
it's like finding the perfect pair of jeans.
It's all about finding what fits.
If they're too big or too small,
you'll be uncomfortable.
And while you might find a deal in the bargain aisle,
you run the risk of not being truly satisfied.
Your home should fit your lifestyle,
and like fashion,
that changes with time.
In January of 2012 we found a house we liked a lot.
We had been waiting patiently for it to go on the market.
The day it went up for sale,
we dropped the price on our house,
and received 2 good offers that very day.
We then made a great offer on the house we liked.
The owner verbally accepted.
All that was left was the pesky paperwork.
After months of uncertainty,
it seemed as though things were finally starting to come together.
We agreed on an offer, and sold our house.
We were ready to move.
We had one month to turn our house over to the buyer.
Then, something we weren't expecting to happen, happened:
The seller of the house we wanted BACKED OUT.
She took her house completely off the market.
She said she was too emotionally attached to sell it.
And our house was already sold.
Confused doesn't even been to describe how we felt.
February rolled along, and we moved out of our house on Valentine's Day Weekend.
We had no prospects of anywhere new to live.
We took a little getaway to the lake before temporarily moving to my parent's house,
"just until we found a new house".
My parents live an hour away (in my hometown),
so we knew it would be a bit tough on Will,
who would have to commute to work.
Fast forward to May,
we were still living with my parents.
And we still had found nowhere we wanted to live.
We knew we had to make some kind of decision.
Way back in 2008, before Hudson was born,
Will and I bought a beautiful wooded lot,
with the intention of building our dream house "someday".
After some thought,
we decided that our "someday" might just be now.
the building of our new house was underway.
We were beyond excited.
Watching them pour the concrete,
put up the beams,
build the roof,
nail the shingles....
each step has made our anticipation (and happiness) grow!
Now it is January 1st, 2013,
and we're not "home" yet,
but we should be there by the end of the month.
I am obviously so thankful for our beautiful new home,
but I'm also thankful for the lessons I've learned this year.
I now realize that every difficult trial we faced during 2012,
had a purpose.
Sometimes it's hard to understand God's timing,
but I have learned not to get discouraged,
even when it seems as though your world is falling apart.
But most importantly I've learned that
sometimes my plans don't work out,
because God has better ones.
I want to extend a big, huge thanks to my Mom and Dad
for putting up with us for a whole year.
You two are beyond kind,
and so very accommodating to our (sometimes rambunctious) family of three.
It hasn't always been ideal with two families under one roof,
but we have really had a great time.
Someday when I look back on 2012,
I know I'll be thankful for this special year that we got to spend with my parents, and
I know that Hudson will always look back on this time with nothing but wonderful memories.
And most of all, I sure will miss our game nights.
We can't wait to get back in the groove of things,
and make a wonderful new beginning in our
cozy new abode that is tucked under shady trees,
steps from the river's edge,
and just far enough out of the hustle and bustle
to feel like we're living our very own little fairy tale.