Our Complicated 2012


This is the third draft of this post… It’s hard to explain how 2012 was both awful and awesome.  So, I’ve decided to focus on how the awful parts really turned out to be pretty awesome in the end.

We were supposed to be moving back to the States this year in November but sometimes the best laid plans are the wrong plans.  One of my favorite quotes is from the Max Ehrmann poem Desiderata  “And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”  This year, that was my mantra.  I had to repeat it to myself many – many times.

This was a year that also often reminded me of one of my favorite Beatles lyrics, “Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”  This is, of course from All You Need is Love (also the recessional song from our wedding).

Below are some pictures of our 2012 highlights.  If not for the negative things that occurred, some of these great times would not have been possible and Ryan and I would not have three more great years ahead of us in Germany!!

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There were set-backs that we turned around to make positive changes and we are so very happy that we have such supportive and loving family and friends.  We would not have made it through the past five months without all of you.

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