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My Year in Review

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Howdy, folks! This post is brought to you from…my brother’s room, where I’m currently staying. 😝 My aunt from Canada is here this week and she has my room, so I’m bunking with the bro. Hopefully I’ll still be around after I try to surface from ham radio magazines, dirty jeans and little pieces of paper. (WHY ARE THERE LITTLE PIECES OF PAPER ALL OVER HIS ROOM?)

Anyway, on to the post.

This review has been rewritten SO many times, y’all – I first was going to write a month-by-month review, but I was halfway through the year and about 1,000 words in when I thought, oh dear. Seriously, you guys don’t want to read that long of a review, do you? THE ANSWER IS NO.  Anyway, here’s a mini-review.

In surmise, 2018 was one of the hardest years I’ve ever been through, but also one of the best. I learned so much – about God, about how precious family is, about convictions, about farming, working hard, music…well, I just learned in general.

Most of the pictures go with the statements below, but some of them don’t, so just…beware. XD The highlights – and lowlights – of my year:

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I got to visit the farm my granddaddy spent several years growing up on.

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My dad’s mom died and he was gone for nearly 2 weeks in Canada.

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Junior, Aunt C, my dad, my mom, and me!

I got to meet his sister, my Aunt C, and she came down here three times this year!

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My great-grandfather passed away, and it was extremely hard on my family. Afterward, my great-grandmother moved to the farm.

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I graduated from high school forever and ever.

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Allison and I became best friends and saw each other twice. We made so many memories when we were at her farm!

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WE GOT BABY CHICKS!

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Over the summer, I did a lot of planting, weeding, picking, canning, and ate a ton of watermelon.

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I taught myself how to play the guitar and started doing a lot of watercoloring.

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I also did a lot of cooking. I probably cooked a month’s worth of meals, more or less.

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I participated in the Summer Bored Games!

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I turned seventeen, and my parents gave me a NIKON D7200 FOR MY GRADUATION (and enough makeup to last me for years, simply years you guys).

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GUYS THIS BEAR WAS SO CLOSE TO THE HOUSE!

I started teaching violin lessons to Amie, over Skype!

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We successfully took family pictures ourselves. Or not-so-successfully. I need to share the bloopers, becuase they’re HILARIOUS.

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I did quite a bit of babysitting.

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I STARTED LIFESTYLE BLOGGING AGAIN!

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I photographed a lot of products for a makeup company.

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Allison and I memorized a psalm together.

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Douglas Lake

I wrote 16 poems and four short stories.

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We celebrated my great-grandma’s 90th birthday!

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My other aunt had her eighth baby, Sparrow.

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My cousin Lyric’s birthday

I was hired for the first time to sing at a concert!

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Allison and I exchanged 20 letters and 8,500 emails. EIGHT THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED EMAILS. I’m amazed our email servers didn’t die. That’s more than triple the amount of emails we exchanged in 2017!

*wipes  brow* Wow, that was a ton of pictures. Anyway.

Every year is a good year. They all have their ups and downs, and I think that as you get older, the graph gets bigger – the ups are higher and the downs lower. And you learn more. I definitely learned a lot from this year, and even though hard and sad things happened, I’ll always remember it as a good year. But a crazy one.

What were some of the highlights of your year?

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