Obligatory End-Of-Year Post

We are currently on round four of our Christmas / New Year celebrations, and while it’s not typical for us to spread out the merriment to the degree that we have this year, it’s been fun to wrap up 2012 with different branches of our family. We started with D’s side, then huddled on Christmas Day with our little family-o-three, then visited with my parents for a couple of days, and now Sister and Barry are here. My brother, Janie, and their boys are coming to town at the end of the week, and then I expect I will go into some sort of family gathering withdrawal.

That should coincide nicely with my withdrawal from simple carbohydrates.

Suffice it to say that my first goal for 2013 is to PUT DOWN THE BREAD.

It’s been fun to hang out and talk and dig through the Steinmart clearance racks over the last four or five days, and it’s also been fun to reflect a little bit on the last twelve months. So in the spirit of a New Year’s Eve wrap-up, here are some things that I loved (Martha-esque disclaimer: you don’t love things! you love people! of course you love people! but sometimes you do really, really like things a lot!) in 2012.

– queso at Escalante’s with Melanie, Amanda, and Janelle
– a wonderful dinner with friends in Houston that still makes me teary-eyed when I think about it
Downton Abbey
– getting my book contract in the mail when some of my lifelong friends were in town for the weekend

– Christy Nockels’ Into the Glorious album – perfect music at the perfect time
– Fisherman’s Corner in Perdido with my people
– Easter at my parents’ house
– some unexpected new friendships (and some treasured old friendships, too)
– SEC Baseball Tournament with my boy (the fact that the Bulldogs won the tourney was gravy, really)
– a visit from my friend Annie – and watching her totally win over a room full of high school girls
– weekly phone calls from my sister-in-law Rose – she has been unbelievably supportive with the writing stuff
– John Mayer’s Born and Raised album
– a quick, laughter-filled trip to Texas this past summer
– my work – I feel like I had some full circle, a-ha moments this past year, and I was reminded again and again that BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IS SO VERY WORTH IT
– knowing that I have the freedom to be completely myself when I’m with my fellas – I am never more at home than when I am at home
– going through A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place with my Bible study group – it was deeply meaningful for so many reasons
– a summer sunset that took my breath away

– Mumford & Sons’ Babel album
– road trips with Sister – oh, we do love us some Bulldogs
– watching a certain nine year-old grow and change and laugh and learn
– dotMOM – so much fun with such sweet people
– Birmingham – it’s the South’s best-kept secret, y’all

– seeing some young friends in their late teens / early 20s really start to walk in the center of what God’s calling them to do
– neighbors – we’ve got us some good’uns
– readers / commenters in this little corner of the Internet – we’ve got us some good’uns
– Christmas party at our house – makes me smile whenever I think about it
Parenthood (I’m still watching season three on Netflix, so easy with the spoilers, por favor)
– asparagus – it continues to be my favorite of all the vegetables
– Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa Pine countertop spray
– “Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin”

Happy New Year, everybody.

Praying God’s richest blessings for each one of you in 2013!

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  1. Happy New Year, Sophie! Looking forward to meeting you at dotMOM in just a few weeks!

  2. Brookles says:

    Happy New Year BooMama! I am thankful I started following your blog….thanks to BigMama Mel.
    In the loss of some “real” friends, I’m so glad I have the two of you.

  3. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  4. Happy New Year!

    My friend and I are about to make our first trip to Birmingham before the semester starts, any recommendations? Our main goals are to shop and eat all the things that we don’t have here in Starkville! Chuy’s is obviously already the plan for lunch.

  5. I love Birmingham too. It’s my hometown, and I do enjoy seeing other people who like the city as much as I do. We’re in Houston now, but I keep hoping maybe, one day, we’ll be able to move a little closer.

    If nothing else, so I don’t have to wait months to get Full Moon Barbecue or go to Surin. (Oh who am I kidding? Edgar’s and Savage’s are nearly always first on my list of places to stop.)

  6. Happy and Wonderful New Year BooMama!

  7. Happy New Year Sophie! 2012 was definitely a year to remember. Blessings to you and yours this 2013!

  8. Margaret says:

    spent my honeymoon in Birmingham so it has great memories. Family lives in Tuscaloosa so don’t get to stop except to eat.

  9. Family, Friends and Faith- throw in some carbs and cream cheese and you are guaranteed a great year.

  10. I am praying about my word for 2013, and “Grace” keeps coming to mind. Thank you for sharing your look at the year’s blessings in your life. I often take the little things for granted and realize those are what keep the big things from looking and feeling so very big.

    Blessings to you in 2013!!

  11. Happy New Year Sophie! May it be filled with love and joy!

  12. Hail to asparagus! There’s a reason it has a crown!

  13. Happy New Year Sophie!

    I should have known you are a fellow Downton fan. We have similar eclectic TV tastes (Real Housewives to Masterpiece Theater!)

    Thanks for always starting my day with a smile. Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy New Year! xoxo

  14. Happy New Year to you, too!

  15. What a sweet post.

    **especially “knowing that I have the freedom to be completely myself when I’m with my fellas”. Oh, if only we all remembered that we each have that same freedom with Christ.

    Happy New Year, Boomama.

  16. May you and your family enjoy the best 2013 has to offer!

  17. Happy New Year to you and yours, Soph!

  18. Have loved getting to know you through your blog …

  19. Happy New Year, Sophie! Your blog is an everyday blessing!

  20. Happy New Year, Sophie! Thanks for what you do to spread kindness and laughter. If the internet is the world, your corner of it feels like a nice small town in the south. On a Sunday.


  21. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Oh golly, I loved this post! It reminded me of so many things I read on your blog this past year…here’s to a great 2013, Sophie!!!!

  22. Happy New Year!

    Your little corner of the internet is a blessing!
    Thanks for being a friend in my head :)

    Looking forward to your book in 2013.

  23. Happy New Year. Thankful for the Quality (with a capital Q) :) you bring to the blog world.

  24. Happy New Year! That sunset was ridiculous!

  25. My Mississippi granny once told me, “You like things, you love people!” I never heard that from anyone else until I just read it here. Hmmm. I guess Martha and Granny would have been good friends.

  26. That sunset alone makes this Philadelphia girl want to come and visit Birmingham! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  27. Girl! Parenthood is wrecking me. I’ve just finished season 3 and I will not spoil anything for you! Why in the world did it take me so long to find this show!!

    And happy 2013 — maybe we can manage to get together for that lunch we keep trying to make happen!! (We’re just busy girls… okay, girls may be a stretch, but we are busy!)