2012 in Review

Wow!  2012 was one for the record books for the Smallwood family.  In terms of milestones, this year was chock full of ’em.

Shayla graduated with her certified nursing assistant license in March and started her nursing career. Attended her first college classes. Got married. Moved into their first place {and out of ours} and turned 21.  Amazing to have all that happen in one year!

Jason finished boot camp and AIT training and graduated as a military police officer for the Army National Guard. He experienced his first emergency deployment.  Got a job, learning the trade that has sustained our family, right alongside his daddy.  Bought his first car, with his own money and fell in love with a special girl.


Jared turned 16, got his drivers license and totaled our van.  Made varsity on his high school wrestling team and has his first serious girlfriend {whom I love}.

Matt, he grew.  Like a lot! He is now the tallest of our three boys and judging by the way he is eating, I don’t think he’s done growing quite yet. I think he will rival his dads 6’2″ physique.

Sweet Pea turned two!  She has an amazing vocabulary and captures the heart of everyone she meets.

Mike and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.  I went back to work full time.  We went on an amazing cruise with two of our best friends.

Don’t get me wrong, the year has had its fair share of challenges but as I sit and reflect, I am overwhelmed by a sense of profound gratitude for the experiences of 2012.

What were the highlights of your year?


  1. Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

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