12.02.2011

#WEverb11 - One Word (Day One)

As the year comes to a close, I have realized that a lot of stuff has happened. That sounds obvious, but how often do we take the time to really reflect on everything that went on in the past year?

#WEverb11 is a way to do just that. Each day in the month of December brings a new reflection prompt. I wish these would have been able to contain more pictures, but taking pictures just was not on our to-do list this year, as you will come to find out. I didn't have time to post yesterday, so today I will post the first two in separate posts.

Day One:

Choose One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why. Imagine it's one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?


Stressful.


This year has been absolutely crazy! 

At the beginning of the year, Justin and I were renting a 350 square foot trailer on our school campus from friends and were planning on staying there until we graduated. As small as the trailer was, I think it actually took more time to stay on top of than our current apartment does. It had no dishwasher, so the dishes would quickly pile up. Even after I cleaned the whole trailer, just a few things out of place would make the space look cluttered and feel claustrophobic. 

This is the only real picture of us in the trailer that gives an idea of how small that thing was. I wish we would have taken more pictures. :(

In February, we were talking with some of our trailer neighbors who were looking at apartments down the street. When we found out the monthly rent, we realized that it was only a little bit more than we were paying now for almost 3 times the square footage! Thus began packing and hunting for furniture. 

When school got out, Justin kept his job doing janitorial and maintenance at our school, but my job in the library wouldn't be available again until August. So I started the hunt for a summer job. I was quickly blessed with a developmental therapy job and jumped right into that about two weeks after school got out. Even though it was only 22 hours a week, it took up more of my days than I had anticipated. I wanted to start an etsy shop that summer, but with moving into an apartment, getting settled, and working, that never became a reality.

There were no vacations or really even time off that summer. We both worked most days of the week and spent evening relaxing together. We also switched churches during the summer so Justin could do an internship at a different church. 

In the fall, I decided to keep the job I had during the summer since it was better pay and more hours. I'm still glad I decided to do this, but it has been difficult. This semester has been one of the most difficult ones for me. Not only did I have senioritis from day one, but the work load was much more than I was originally anticipating. Most days, I have classes until 2:00, then I work from 2:30 to 7:00, then come home, usually cook dinner, and work on homework. If I don't have much homework, then usually the kitchen needs to be cleaned or laundry needs to be done. 

We also "enjoyed" more than our fair share of car troubles this year. We only have one car between us, and since my job involves a lot of driving, the car has taken quite a beating. This last year, we have had to replace the catalytic converter, the head gasket, the air conditioner compressor, the manifold, and a few other small things. Luckily, because of generous family members and other hidden surprises, we were able to pay it all off. 

Needless to say, Justin and I have gone through a lot this year, and we haven't quite reaped all of the rewards yet. We both are having a difficult time being content with the present and are anxious for next year.

Which brings me to the second part of the prompt (don't worry, it will be shorter than the first :). The word I hope will capture 2012 is....

Change.

May 2012 will bring graduation for both of us, and hopefully soon after that we will be moving to a location where we will be for quite awhile. We have already begun Justin's job hunt for a youth ministry position at a church and everywhere we have looked has inspired so much hope! We love our school, but we are so ready for a change! I would love to rent a small house, get a job, and maybe even think about starting a family late next year! Big things are coming our way, and I'm so excited!


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