Today, January 24th, 2012 is the day I get to celebrate 32 years of life. There isn’t anything significant about the numeric value of this particular year in my life other than it is divisible by 8, but many of the previous year’s 365 days (8,760 hours) were remarkable and worth noting.
- Uprisings, riots, and occupations in England, Libya, Syria, Egypt, and all over the U.S.
- A royal wedding for Prince William and Kate
- Deaths of the famous: Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Randy Savage, Joe Paterno
- Deaths of the infamous: Osama bin Laden, Jack Kevorkian, Anwar al-Alwaki, Kim Jong-il
- The formal endings of the NASA shuttle program and the war in Iraq
- Natural disasters in Brazil, Japan, Thailand, Pakistan, Cambodia, Turkey, the Philippines, and the U.S.
- May 13 to 15 – Miamisburg, OH
- May 30 to June 3 – Washington D.C.
- July 2 & 3 – Charlottesville, VA
- August 12 to 15 – Tybee Island, GA
- September 9 to 11 – Carolina Beach, NC
- September 30 to October 2 – Atlanta, GA
- October 20 to 23 – Gatlinburg, TN
- December 9 to 12 – Carolina Beach, NC
- March 3 – Marty Stuart
- April 29 to May 1 – Merlefest
- April 9 – Charity Softball
- August 21 – Rex Wellness Sprint Triathlon
- January 21, 2012 – NASCROSS Cyclocross race
Additionally, this year was full of a lot of special moments:
- Cori and I got to celebrate an entire year of being married, which we did in Washington D.C. while she was there for work.
- After a year-long job search I started working at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina as a web developer in July.
- We found out that we were expecting a baby, and a little while later got to see him on an ultrasound.
- With a new job and new baby on the way we started looking for a permanent residence to call our own. Now, house-hunting is not the most enjoyable process, because it seems like we saw a lot of places that we didn’t like. Eventually, our amazing realtor, Kim from Apple Realty, took us to the house that we ended up buying.
- Of course, the major event that happened this past year was the birth of our son, Beau. I’ve always wanted to be a father, and his arrival on January 7th couldn’t have been more eagerly anticipated. Cori and I are both getting used to our new roles, but I think that we’re doing a pretty good job so far.
The last year seems like it flew by, but was so packed full of good times that I guess it makes sense. I am looking forward to this coming year and having a few new roles to get settled into. I have to say that life is really good right now, and for that I thank the Lord for blessing me in the many ways He has. I know that there are many, many people in the world, even some of my friends, who cannot say that life is all that great, and it is humbling to see my family being so fortunate in such trying times.
Thank you to everyone who has made this previous year of my life so great.