As is tradition, I've written a blog post celebrating the highlights of the past year. This time, it's in the form of a "best of" list. 2022 was filled with a lot of great moments with family and friends, personal and professional accomplishments, laughs, and more. These are the best of them all.
There have been a lot of great ones (trick-or-treating with my grandson for the first time, Christmas Day with three grandkids), but I think the day that gets the title of BEST is the day we surprised my husband for his 50th birthday. We brought him to a pizza place with an indoor arcade and rides, and spent an afternoon playing like a bunch of kids.
Best personal accomplishment:
I read the whole Bible in less than a year! I've tried this so many times in the past, and always fell behind. This time I used a Bible app with a one year reading plan, and it made such a difference! I was able to read along while listening, and it helped me keep my focus.
Best writing accomplishment:
Finishing draft two of my latest middle grade verse novel.
Best adult book read:
That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis, book three in the Space Trilogy. I read (meaning listened to the audiobooks) this series for the first time ever this year, and enjoyed each of the books, but book three is my favorite. I found this book to be profound, engaging, and surprisingly funny.
Best children's book read:
North Woods Girl by Aimée Bissonette, illustrated by Claudia McGehee. I love this book for its warm story, its vivid illustrations, and the way it reminds me of my own grandmother, who was also a north woods girl.
Best movie watched:
The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt.
Best family moment:
This is a tie between the birth of our first granddaughter in February and the birth of our second grandson in July. Our family is growing fast!
Best friendship moment:
Meeting my friend and fellow children's book creator Jessica Linn Evans in person for the first time when she came to Nebraska for an SCBWI event!
Best road trip:
Going with my guys (husband and son) to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.
I made Butter Chicken for the first time ever, and my husband and son said it was as good as what we've had at Indian restaurants!
On April Fools Day, when I successfully tricked my husband with a fake dog poop!
Best "kodak moment":
Getting this picture of all three of my grandkids together on Christmas Day.
Do you have a "best of" memory from 2022 to share? I'd love to hear it!