The following are my top 11 experiences from 2011(kind of in order, but not really):
11. Leaving Thompson and going to Warren.
Although I wasn't happy about it at first, and although it's not always easy, I have learned a lot about myself and God's provision through the move. You can read more about my heart toward the move initially here., packing up my old classroom here, moving day here, setting up the new room here, and the room really getting put together here. Obviously, this was a big part of my year last year. :)
10. Traveling to Europe on VACATION!
I had been to Europe a few times prior to last summer, but never just for fun. You can check out all of my European Adventures beginning here. And if you're really bored, there's plenty more where that came from!
9. Getting to see Nicole three times in one year.
Nicole lives too far away. First, she lived all the way in Georgia. Now, she lives all the way in stinkin' England. But, I was fortunate enough to be able to see her three times this year--far more than I did when she lived in Georgia. The first visitation happened in England beginning here!
8. Planking on top of the Eiffel Tower.
Planking is awesome. The Eiffel Tower is awesome. I got to plank on the top of the Eiffel Tower--I must be awesome. :) Here is the post and picture of that awesomeness!
7. Not going to Ireland.
Ok, this may not seem like a "highlight," and I'm still bummed that we didn't get to go, but it sure made for one great memory! PLEASE please read the story here. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish you were there to not make it to Ireland with us. "N as in NEVER GOING TO GET TO IRELAND AT THIS RATE!"
6. Meeting Brian Regan!
Getting to meet my favorite comedian was an unforgettable experience. He is so down to earth and so stinking funny!
I didn't blog back when I met Brian Regan, so here's a picture for you!
5. Two new cousins and a new step-nephew being born.
I love these three so much. I am so blessed that they are now a part of my life. I can't wait to watch them grow up and change. Read about my amazing little cousins here.
4. Learning more and growing closer to God.
It's my goal now each year to read the whole Bible. I never want this to become a check off to-do list activity. but a discipline. From this (and from my incredible church and home group), I have learned more about my God and who I am in Him. I pray for an even deeper relationship this upcoming year. Here is just one example of this...
3. Getting to be on TV!
My mom and I got to be on Eyewitness news toward the end of last year. Cambi Brown and Sean Collins came to our house and installed a CO detector. Although we had to wake up super early, we had a blast. And, we made a new friend. Cambi, you're the best! Here's the whole story (and a clip!).
2. Buying my first car.
I feel like such a big girl now. I have my very own car. Josie is great. Please read more about her here!
1. Riding a helicopter into the Grand Canyon.
One of the most amazing things I have EVER done! I can't even describe it to you. I can't wait to actually fly a helicopter on my own!!! Read more about my adventure HERE!
And here's to hoping that 2012 will have more than 12 amazing adventures ahead! Cheers!