My Year in Review


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:


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


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

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!


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


I graduated from high school forever and ever.


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




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


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


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


I participated in the Summer Bored Games!


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).


I started teaching violin lessons to Amie, over Skype!


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


I did quite a bit of babysitting.




I photographed a lot of products for a makeup company.


Allison and I memorized a psalm together.

Douglas Lake

I wrote 16 poems and four short stories.


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


My other aunt had her eighth baby, Sparrow.

My cousin Lyric’s birthday

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


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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  • Reply Cat

    It looks like you had an amazing year! I know I always say this but your pictures are just SO BEAUTIFUL! Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

    December 27, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Awww, thanks Cat!

      December 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Amie

    Yay! Learning violin from you, and getting to know you are certainly a few highlights from this year. 😀

    December 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Awww. :)

      December 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    The ending part is so true! :) My grandma died this year – as did one of our (my family’s) close friends. Those photos are all lovely. 8,500 emails is a LOT of emails – I guess that’s what happens with best friends. XD One of my best (irl) friends and I email quite a bit, mostly because we don’t see each other much. 😉

    December 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yeah, I know. Aww, I’m sorry, dear. ❤ Ha ha, I know, right?

      December 27, 2018 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    You’ve had a very eventful year! I’m glad you finally got to meet Allison, you seemed to have had a fun time. Ooh, you play the guitar! I started learning in summer. And I do love your watercolor paintings. Thanks for the lovely post.

    December 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yep, I sure did. Me too! Oh, cool! Aww, thanks Sarah!

      December 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Liz - Home with the Hummingbirds

    I loved looking at all those photos, Aria! Even though you went through some hard times, it looks like a fun year! 😉
    My low points were my cat getting a leg amputated and a close friend’s aunt dying. I didn’t know her well, but well enough. It was also the first person I really knew that died, so that was hard.
    High points would be getting closer to God, reading a lot, and spending much time with friends! Also holding a lot of babies. 😉

    December 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Aww, thanks! And yes, it was. :)
      Aww, I’m sorry, dear. Your high points sound great, though!

      December 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Clara

    Well, I’m pretty late in commenting on this, but this was such a neat post to read! It sounds like you had quite the year. WOW, 8500 EMAILS IS A LOT OF EMAILS. O_O Happy New Year!

    -Clara <3

    January 1, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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