Mama says of 2011, "It was the best of years, it was the worst of years." I completely agree and as I get older, I find that each new year is so.September
|Just so you know, we're NOT related to Ms. Tattoo Sleeve|
|They each won a prize :)|
OctoberI started piano lessons! I've been wanting to learn for five years and I've finally started! My wonderful teacher is letting me borrow her gorgeous keyboard while I find one of my own. I'm hoping to get an actual piano, but I know that on my budget, a keyboard will probably be more realistic. :)
|The instrument in my care, next to my guitar|
|"Jocasta and Felicity Palmer"|
|Me as "Fidelia Palmer"|
NovemberSchool, school, school. I settled into a routine and grew to love it.
|The cooks of Thanksgiving dinner.|
DecemberOn December 2nd, I found out that my mama had cancer. She has malt lymphoma. She's just completed a round of antibiotics for some other health issues and the doctors say there's a 50/50 chance of the antibiotics putting the lymphoma into remission. If not, she'll start radiation in the spring.
It's settled in a bit now but is still so surreal. It's put a bit of a damper on the holiday season, not to mention making finals harder to study for. However, we're surrounded with loving friends and family who have been giving us wonderful support.
|We both passed the quarter/semester with good grades :)|
Christmas came and went by so fast. It's such a wonderful time. We made freshly squeezed apple cider, cookies for Santa, and watched many, many Christmas movies.
|Tarquin and I cutting apples for cider|
|We cut and cored 20 lbs of apples!|
|Yes, it took a very very long time to get this picture|
Recently we've been doing sort of a modified Paleo diet for Mama, so the whole family's joined in and we've had some amazing new recipes.
|The remains of a BLT burger with Spicy Cajun Fries|
|Burgers and tomatoes on the stove-top grill|
I've learned a lot this year. I got a job. I got a haircut this morning that turned out to be a disaster. I've gained experience, wisdom, and insight. I've lost a lot too.
I hope that you've seen the glory of God this year, and that you may know his blessings in 2012.
Happy New Year! Here's to 2012!