Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

I've been VERY slow this year in getting our annual Christmas letter written. I'm blaming it on the edits I've been working on for Rebellious Heart, a book releasing September 2013. I admit, I was consumed with getting the rewrites done before Christmas.

And now that those are mostly behind me, I'm breathing again and have enjoyed a wonderful, fun, and relaxing Christmas break with my family.

Since I've written a Christmas letter every year for the past sixteen years, I decided I had to do something, even if it was a little late!

So in lieu of the usual Christmas tidings, I've opted for a New Year's letter. And what better way to usher in the new year, than to recap the old?

So without further ado, here are the best memories of our past year:
The Best Memories of 2012

Best Mother-Daughter Memory:
Girls' trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Mackinac Island

 Best Father-Son Memory:
Hiking in the mountains of Vermont

Best Daddy-Daughter Memory:
Dressed up fancy for the daddy-daughter dance

Another Best Daddy-Daughter Memory:
Daddy-daughter date night

           Best Pet Memory                
Our newest Princess, Petunia, meets our adoring seven year old princess.

Best Silly Memory:
Celebrating our dog Annabelle's 4th birthday with all the fanfare we could give her!

 Best Vacation Memory:
Watching the sunset at the ocean while vacationing at Cape Cod.

Best Food Memory:
Boiling and eating real live lobsters!

 Best Dressed Memory:
The girls getting ready to go to their first dance.

 Best Music Memory:
My handsome oldest son performing on the guitar for a family wedding.

Best Extended Family Memory:
My 40 year old bachelor brother's wedding.

Best Fort Memory:
Forts, forts everywhere, all the time! :-)

 Best Kids Ever! :-)
The fabulous five!

Best 2012 Family Picture:

Happy New Year from my family to yours!


  1. Best wishes to you and your lovely family.

    1. Same to you, Francene! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  2. Thanks for sharing your lovely family with us, Jody. Happy New Year to you!

    1. Great to see you, Liza! Hope all is going well for you and your family and your writing! Happy New Year to you too!

  3. I am so glad you did this!!! I missed your card this year! Much love to you!

    1. Just getting some paper letters ready to go in the mail and was having my daughter address them. Had to make sure she wrote your new name! :-) Loved your letter and wedding picture! So happy for you!!! Hugs!

  4. You have a lovely family, Jody! Happy New Year to all of you. :)

    1. Aw,thank you so much Gabrielle! I hope you had a happy holiday with your family and wishing you a wonderful year ahead! Blessings!

    Those pics! How precious!! I really enjoyed this post and I am so glad to have found this blog. Thank you for sharing, Jody!

    God's blessings for you and yours this year. May it be the best one yet.

    :-) :-)

    (Gonna check out the archives!)

    1. *Back after that*
      I like your sense of humor!

    2. Hi Ganise,

      Thank you for the very sweet words and for reading about my family. I love being able to share about them! Many blessings to you in return!