Instead of New Years resolutions, I am going to do the same thing I did last year around this time and answer these 38 questions about the past year. I challenge you to do the same. It just may give you some insight and perspective into who God is slowly but surely making you into.
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Wrote a book with the person I love more than anyone about the people we both love in India.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make them on purpose. I try to live my life day by day, with a list of running goals in my head that are achievable on a daily basis. (same answer as last year!)
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister-in-law Lisa had baby Lillian. She is one special girl. When I hold her, she puts her head on my shoulder and gets all snuggly. She’s got my heart wrapped around her little baby finger.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. Our wonderful babysitter and friend Jessica lost her beautiful mom to cancer this past fall. Kristy was a mom to 8 kids, and she will be forever missed. Just a few days before this, Mark and Sheila Beeson lost their precious niece Ava to cancer. It was a very difficult fall for our family, and all the families that knew these loved ones.
5. What countries did you visit?
India and Niles, Michigan-which is10 minutes from our house, and sort of like visiting a foreign country.
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More trust and faith and less anxiety.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
In January we got to swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove—happy Memory.
In September we had two very sad tragedies back to back—sad memory
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finishing our book- Share the Well
9. What was your biggest failure?
Worrying when I should have believed.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Rheumatoid arthritis. No fun.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My iPhone4 – was free once we sold my iPhone 3G, which was really fun.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Maddie-unbelievable scholar. Brilliant girl. Creative and loving
Whitney-Full of compassion. Her heart for Jesus and love for others is contagious.
Isabelle-Her sense of humor mixed with her devotion to others, her determination to never give up always inspires me.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Feeding, clothing, and educating 3 little girls.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Interviewing the church planters in India who were women. Giving a voice to these women has been one of the greatest honors of my life.
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Josh Groban. I’ve asked Rob to play it at my funeral if I go on to Heaven first.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
a)happier b)we don’t need to discuss that here c) richer in all the things that matter. Money-wise, not so much.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Hang out with my friends.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
We opened gifts as a family here on the 24th, then headed to Chicago for two days to be with both sides of our family. Exhausting, yet an exhilarating Christmas week.
21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Again and again.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, I am actually finding a fondness in my heart for people that don’t like me. Never thought that would happen.
24. What was the best book you read?
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Whatever song my girls make up (which happens a few times a week around here)
26. What did you want and get?
A Kindle for Christmas!
27. What did you want and not get?
Really, nothing. For the first time in my life, I really feel content whether I have a lot or a little.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Toy Story 3
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 37 on May 10. I woke up to a story of me and my girls about texting and social media on the front page of the South Bend Tribune. Rob and I went out to breakfast…I don’t remember much else.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?Awesome.
32. What kept you sane?
My husband and his balance of peace against my worry.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ann Curry. She is intelligent, funny, respectful, and has an enormous heart for those who have suffered and are living lives we could never imagine.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
35. Who did you miss?
36. Who was the best new person you met?
Latha-a church planter in India. I recorded her story for the first time, and living in her story as I re-wrote it and edited it again and again really changed me.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.