As I greet you on this the first day of the New Year (Ok. So, this was written a few days ago), and the feast of Mary, the young girl chosen by God to bear His Son, I must admit that it seems like only yesterday I welcomed in the year 2011 with joy and anticipation. It seems I find myself almost unexpectedly in this 2012th year since the death of our Lord. Perhaps the rapidity at which this new year has surrounded me is due in part to the many blessings, journeys, celebrations, and sorrows that stole my heart, filled my calendar, and absorbed my very being this past year.
Last Year, on the eve of 2011, I wrote: “…2011 holds the wealth of many unknown gifts and graces and I welcome it with intrigue and anticipation of all that God has in store…” I was not disappointed. 2011 was a blessed year indeed and I don’t believe I could do justice in saying farewell to it without taking a moment to look back and reflect on some of the highlights…
JANUARY: The March for Life in Washington, DC
FEBRUARY: My 26th Birthday, Christina & Joe Bernotus’ Wedding (Phoenix, AZ), Goodbye Old Car & Hello New!
MARCH: Family Visit (Grandparents & Parents) to DC
APRIL: Family Visit (Cousins) to DC
MAY: Farewell to Washington & Fr John Nepil’s Ordination (Denver, CO)
JUNE: Ireland, England & El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James)
JULY: The Way of St. James cont., Arrival in Santiago de Compostela & Our Return Home to the States
AUGUST: I’m Moving WHERE?!?!?!?! Texas Living 🙂
SEPTEMBER: Our Angel Flew to Heaven- Shelli DeSimone Joins the Lord
OCTOBER: THREE New Jobs, a Pumpkin Patch, My Parents Visit to Austin and Another Beautiful Soul joins the Heavenly Hosts: Simon Peter Truelove
NOVEMBER: NEW LIFE! (Thanksgiving, Tori Hall, The Birth of Maximus James Clayton and Isabella Therese Bernotus, and My Brother Gets Engaged!!! Welcome to the Family, Megan!)
DECEMBER: What Could Top Christmas with the Family!
Unfortunately, my brother was sick this Christmas, so we don’t have a family photo for me to post, but featured above is my new “soon to be” sister-in-law!
I pray the Lord may bless us all this year with grace and many blessings. That our eyes may be opened to see the path He has laid out for us. Trusting always that in His Will alone is perfect happiness.