Farewell to 2012 in Photos: Link-up

We had a great Christmas but I’m glad it’s over, you know? I’m ready to plug away on the stuff I want to work on instead of being consumed by the madness of a deadline most other people are working towards as well.

But before I get too deep into new projects it’s time to look back.

I love this time of year for all the lists of top moments, big news stories and all that wrap-up-the-year stuff. So why not do our own? I did this photo retrospective last year and it was a great exercise in looking at just how much had happened in a year.

Having put together this post for this year, I can say I think 2012 was equally full of unexpected stuff. We had a baby, my brother and sister-in-law had twins, and my parents actually moved out here. I didn’t do as much adventuring or travelling as I had hoped, but we were blessed with so much other good stuff instead. Hard and sad stuff, too, but we’ve got what we need to get through it.

Want to join me for your own year in review? Pick one picture for each month of the year (or do a photo dump – whatever you like!). Then grab the button (code is in the right sidebar), post, and link up with me to say farewell to 2012 in photos.

The link-up will be live from December 28 through January 4. On January 5, one linker will be randomly chosen to receive a package from Little Love Media that includes a blog evaluation report and a blog strategy. (Thanks again, Alison!)

Let’s do this.


In January we had just moved to Calgary and we were embracing winter. I had chosen “vibrant” as my one word for 2012 and I wanted to really get out and enjoy our new city and all it offers. We went skiing and skating, and the picture above was at the Lake Louise Ice Festival. Awesome month (that also included the beginning of something else awesome, but more about that when we get to October).



In February we were settling in, and quite well overall, but we were starting to really miss having my parents close by and Connor really missed Grandma.



March was mostly just March. Except that at the end of the month we lost Michael.


April was about motherhood. It was quiet moments and acceptance and Very Serious Conversations.


In May I was pregnant. ALL THE TIME. (And perhaps a bit obsessed about certain aspects of it.) To distract myself from the constant morning sickness I started thinking about names and came across this gem from when I was pregnant with Connor.



In June I still wasn’t feeling quite right. I was struggling with depression and sad after we found out we weren’t having a girl. But Connor turned four, and watching him turn into a little person in a way he really hadn’t been before was pretty cool.


In July I was still working on finding my way, but I think the best drama of the month resulted in this.

(I got the ring fixed, by the way.)


In August I was still thoroughly in pregnancy hell. It was hot, I was tired, and I had just had enough. But that was the month something clicked for me with Connor. It had been a long time coming, and it’s something I still remember. (I don’t always achieve the motherhood equivalent of Zen, but my awareness is there and that’s huge.)


September was all about getting ready to have a baby. I started mat leave in the middle of the month, we finished Ethan’s nursery and I spent some time thinking about (and preparing for) giving birth. And good thing, too…


…because in October this beautiful boy came into the world.

And it was good.


In November I was tired. But I spent a lot of time cuddling a baby, and it was good.


winter moon

And that brings us to the end of another year. December has been a good month, and different in a good way from the rest of the year. I feel like I enjoyed things more and took time to appreciate the goodness and opportunity around me. A nice feeling to take with me into the next year, don’t you think?

What was 2012 about for you?




  1. 2012 has been a big year for you, hasn’t it?

    2013, BRING IT. :)

  2. I love Connor’s face in “January” as he peeks through the ice. I hope that Ethan always knows he is full of potential.

  3. Took me all day but I finally got it up! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I love that you are doing this again this year.

    2012 was pretty awesome for you. I especially love the October pic.

  5. Great photos!

  6. I love how you showed us your baby belly and then the very next show is baby OUT of your belly! Great photos and here’s to a wonderful 2013!! Thanks for the linky… :)

  7. What a great way to say goodbye to 2012. Love your retrospective! Happy New Year!

  8. What a beautiful way to recap the year. I love November’s photo so much. Happy New Year!

  9. I love every picture you chose.. every glimpse back into the year is perfect.
    I clicked with my daughter this year too and it was amazing. It was as though motherhood just worked and I got it.. I got what everyone was talking about.

  10. Wow, what a year! I hope that December feeling continues into the New Year! :)

  11. What an absolutely full and wonderful year!

  12. I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by. It seems like I was *just* reading about your move.

    2013 will be awesome, right? Let’s do this!

  13. Ehrmagherd…we are twinners! “Yo dawg, I heard you like link-ups so I’m going to link-up my link-up on your link-up so we can link-up all the liner-uppers”

    We both even did a belly pic followed by a newborn pic. LOVE. IT.

  14. I’m still giggling over Hector. Sorry :) xoxo

  15. Such a sweet, sweet baby!

  16. Just found your blog and linkup from House Unseen. Thanks for hosting and congratulations on the new arrival! What beautiful photos.

  17. Got here from Dwija at House Unseen…thanks for the linkup! You have a beautiful family and blog!

  18. So much fun to look back on the year. And cool link-up – thanks, Robin!

  19. That was one full year. Birth and death. Heavy and happy. Big changes and little ones. Yet, some things remain the same, thank goodness! I’ve enjoyed reading about your journey, and wish you lots of love and joy in 2013! Happy New Year!

  20. I love that picture of Ethan with the sign saying he is full of potential. It is very true.

    Hope you have a great 2013!

  21. That baby is so sweet. Look at those tiny fingernails!! :) x

  22. Oh I love this idea and had hoped to link up, but alas the WHOLE HOUSE got sick. Oy.
    Next year. Next year for sure!

  23. Hey, what a great linky. I love it!! Rachel xx


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