Thursday, January 01, 2009

2008 in Review: First Sentence Meme

I saw on Lisa's blog. She found it at Small World. I thought this looked like a fun way to summarize 2008. 2009 begins my fourth year of blogging. In 2008 I posted 763 entries (that's down 255 entries from 2007). I've reviewed countless books, shared private thoughts, a zillion photos (not sure how to count them all) and believe I've met my goal of keeping family and friends connected with our family. These excerpts are not necessarily what I would consider the MOST IMPORTANT things I've blogged about in 2008 (M/M's don't show up even ONCE), but this exercise does give a sample of the conversation of my life in 2008.

How to Play.
1) Look back to your archives for 2008.
2) Collect the first sentence you wrote every month for the whole year. (This doesn't have to be the literal first day of the month--just the first post.)
3) Entertain us on your blog, link back
here, and post a comment here with the link to your blog. (And if you're blogless, just remember the first sentence you spoke every month for the whole year and post it here. LOL)
1 January
The most shocking discovery of the day was that someone had gone into my My Space and changed the photo, added photos, and changed the background to bright pink and BARBIE!!!!

1 February
Jamin is meeting with three publishers today.

3 March
Have you ever heard of Bocce?

1 April
We have a Ticket System in our home.

1 May
Mike has trained us all well. (Title - Do Your Research; entry about local gyms.)

1 June
There have been changes in the planning at the local chapel and today is the day they were implemented.

1 July
Warning - if you've got me on the pedestal, I'm about to be vulnerable again. ::snort:: (Title - Choosing Joy in Seasons of Discontent)

Later that day: Early this morning Josiah began moving boxes.

1 August

2 September
I began this blog 3 years ago on Labor Day, September 5, 2005.

1 October
Our house is very quiet with Jared (14) gone for the week.

1 November
I called Deja for friend support.

1 December
This begins Nutcracker crunch week.

(Pssst....reviewing the sentences for Aug - Dec illustrates for me WHY I'm so tired lately. It's been a full fall).

This took longer than I expected so I won't write about my "Word of the Year" quite yet....and I'd like to recap the road that the word "surrender" has taken me on....but those posts require a bit more thought and quiet....and today is my last day with BreAnne and David. LOL

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.


Sarah at SmallWorld said...

Beautiful blog! I love your snippets of the year. amazing how much they reveal! Thanks for playing!

Anonymous said...

Sis: Beautiful little lady bugs about to eat my M/M's. :):)

Prayed alot for you all yesterday as Krista went back to Washington.

WILL be praying alot for you today as Bre/David return to Washington.

How well we know that sometimes prayer is far better than words.

love/prayers Dad/Mom T

berrypatch said...

It is fun though isn't it? I was amazed to see how much I blogged this year but I forgot to see how many. I'm also in my 4th year of blogging. It's amazing I've kept it up this long! LOL

Just me~Bobbie Jo said...

What a neat way to do a review! I'll have to keep it in mind for next year since I did mine in pictures.

Anwho changing subject for a bit.
Thanks for reading my blog about the memory verse thing I am doing and being someone local to be accountable to. That sounds awesome-I need all the help I can get. I have put up my verse. I need to keep it on the short side since memorizing take me a bit to do.
See ya soon!

Cynthia said...

FUN review! Love the new background.

Stephanie said...

This is fun! I'm going to play along. I love the new look. I'm hooked on changing it now that you guys got me started. lol Glad to hear that you've had a fabulous visit with the kids. It's so nice to have them all under one roof even for a little while. I love having all my girls at home at the same time.

Happy New Year! May you be blessed in 2009!

Gilda said...

What a wonderful review of the year. I went back through my blog and read through a little bit. I can't believe how much I blogged. I just caught up with blogging and have even blogged today! I am hoping to do better at keeping up my blog this year. I may still try to do the first sentence of each month. It brought many smiles to my face. What a great idea.

Gilda said...

Okay, I did it. I have no idea how to link to pages but here is my blog address. It was fun. Thanks!

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

I like this new look - and it does say WINTER IN TX better than the snowflakes...but expect changes throughout the month.

Donna said...

I like your new blog look, De'Etta. I probably change mine too often, but it's so much fun to try new looks. lol.

This was a fun look back at the year. I've enjoyed your blog so much. These glimpses at your family life have been a blessing and encouragement.