31 December 2013

2013: Year in Review

I did a post of this sort last year, and truly enjoyed the process of looking back over the months and picking out highlights. Here it goes, a year's worth of life, according to the blog:

January: I've Been Keeping a Secret

Until this point in time, I hadn't revealed the fact that the place I call "home" is in Malaysia. Since I probably talk about it excessively, it's kinda hard to imagine I hadn't ever mentioned that at the beginning of this year, huh? I don't remember much going on in January, besides a lot of snow.

February: What is Cosmetology School Really Like?

I kind of try to forget about this, but Cosmetology school was actually a big part of my 2013. Oh well. This is one of those life decisions that you do regret. It's no secret that I vehemently detested school, but I am glad that I pressed on, completed my education and got a license.

March: The Great Chicago Adventure

This was definitely the highlight of our March! Car trouble, getting stranded in a big city, figuring out train systems--I was so thankful for the unconditional love of our aunt and uncle when my siblings and I were truly the most inconvenient guests ever!

April: Bear With Me

The Original. Where it all began. I have to admit, the arrival of the Bear was a momentous occasion in our lives this year, and also a pretty big day for the blog!

May: You'll Sleep When You're Dead

Angel's brother and sister stayed with us for a few weeks in May. Consider this a warning to anyone thinking of coming for a visit: We will not let you rest. There is always more fun to be had. And apparently we do not consider either pregnancy or morning sickness as a valid excuse from having adventures with us.

June: The Danger of Buying Black Pepper in Bulk

June was a quiet month for us--we were both getting in as many hours as possible at work and school in preparation for adventures later in the summer. But that didn't stop me from creating kitchen mishaps for myself.

July: 22 while 22

I turned 22 and began work on this list. Also, because this was the month when we left on our big trip, I turned 22 in Malaysia! Poor Angel had his 29th birthday in transit.

August: Why I'm Not Impressed by Target

There are a lot of good posts from the month of August--but this baju kebaya was probably my favorite outfit of the year.

September: Unmerited Love

I got to talk about a woman who loves me in a way I don't deserve. My Auntie is so special to me.

October: Summer Vacation Changed My Life

This was when I announced the beginning of our life change on the blog, though it actually began back in August. You know, sometimes you need to sit on the news for a while before you start going around telling everyone!

November: Angelisms, Part 4

Angelisms came back due to popular request. I guess I can't blame you guys for liking my husband. I mean, I do, too!

December: What is my Big Family Really Like?

My family came to America for a visit starting in November, and we've been enjoying spending a little time all together. It was long-awaited.

I'm looking forward to serving God, loving my family, and writing for you all in 2014! At midnight tonight, go ahead and wish yourself a Happy New Year from me!
Why Girls Are Weird said...

I'm so happy that we "met" this year! And it sounds like you had a pretty good 2013. So I'm wishing you an even better 2014!

Donna said...

I loved reading through your old posts and catching up with your life from 2013. Happy New Year!

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Great recap of the year, Rachel! I love reflective posts like this. Wish you all the best in 2014!

Anonymous said...

love this year in review posts - such a fun way of looking back on the highlights of 2013. it was fun reading along with you during a lot of these moments, and i'm hopeful that 2014 will be just as (if not more) wonderful for you :)

jackie jade said...

sounds like such an awesome year for you! going to check out some of your old posts :)
-- jackie @ jade and oak

Inge Jane said...

What a great recap! Happy new year to you!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Happy New Year Rachel! Let the adventure continue.

Lenya said...

Thank you for making me smile every Morning since we 'met' Rachel. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, full of Happiness, Love and Joy.

Veronica Lee Burns said...

So glad to have been able to get to "know" you better this year! Thanks for all the things you've shared and the many wonderful email conversations! I'm thankful for your friendship!

Moonofsilver said...

oooh I loved all those blog posts of yours as well :D

Angi said...

Happy New Year!! Greatly looking forward to The Random Writings circa 2014!

Caitlin said...

What a lovely year in review! Can I confess that I didn't know you were living in Malaysia? Shameful, I know - especially since I visit your blog whenever there's an update. That is just so cool... I'm envious of the experiences people have living in different countries. There's so much of the world to see. Here's wishing you and yours many more adventures in 2014!


Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Bahahah... I'm so glad I know the Bear backstory now!!!!

Alli @ Allena Mistral said...

I love this! Such a great way to recap the year, and I agree with Amanda, I'm super happy that I now know the Bear story! haha Happy 2014!!

Erika from America said...

Happy New Year, Rachel! 2013 looks like it was really awesome! Also, this list has pointed out some posts I haven't gotten a chance to read yet, so I'm excited! YAY! :)

Anonymous said...

Great year-end recap! I'm so glad I found your blog via FFW!

Erica said...

Happy New Year! :D It's so much fun looking back and being thankful for the year! :)

Catherine Gacad said...

rachel, what a great summary of your year! can't wait to see all that 2014 has to bring.

Pamela said...

Happy New Year to you! Although I'm late 😏. You have the best stories lol. We are planning a trip to Chicago this year. I hope it all goes well.