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2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A New Hope

As I look to 2013, I can’t help but feel hope. Every year on January 1st, I feel this way. What’s going to happen? What new thing am I going to experience? What surprise is waiting for me this year?

2012 held a lot of surprises for me and my family. Dan found a job as lead pastor at Riverpoint Church, which we are so very thankful for. That led to a big move from Indiana to Kansas. Huge transition for our family.

At the same time my first book released, Daughter of Light. I have been blessed with emails and notes from readers who not only enjoyed the book, but share how the story touched their hearts as well. As an author, it is that kind of response that keeps me writing.

Lastly, my youngest daughter had surgery. Not something I was expecting when looking at 2012, but we are grateful we were in a place where we could provide that for her. She is recovering well, and breathing better at night (which to this mommy is the sweetest sound).

So what will 2013 hold? I will be releasing another book (and hopefully not during a move this time lol). Son of Truth will be releasing April 1st, 2013 and will continue the story of Rowen Mar and Caleb Tala.

We also look forward to settling down in our new home in Kansas and getting to know our new friends more.

And hopefully a family trip this summer.

I’m generally a pessimist (I think it’s the calculating part of me that always points out everything that could happen). But January 1st is the one day that all I see is hope: a fresh new year filled with possibilities. Anything can happen.

And if the previous years have taught me anything, it’s that even if the worst possible things happen (like job or house loss, or even death), God is still God and He is still here, even in the darkest times. Knowing that gives me hope for the future.

What about you? How was 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?