2012 Wrap-up

Goodness, was December a month. Ben had an emergency appendectomy on Christmas Eve, so the last week or so has been a total blur. He's doing relatively well - recovering from surgery is tough, and it doesn't help that he's still having migraines. I'm kind of worn out myself. But I'm going to let the enormous pile of unfolded laundry sit for a moment, because I don't want to get too far into 2013 without wrapping up 2012.

The Big Highlights
Ben: Enrolled in the addictions counseling certificate program with a half tuition scholarship
Katherine: Published Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family 
Juliette: Learned to ride a bike
Genevieve: Learned to walk

Where I went
Golly, did I/we travel a lot in 2012: St. Paul for Andrea and Alan's wedding, Grand Rapids for the Festival of Faith and Writing, Florida to see my grandmother before she passed away, Door County WI with the Reverent Writers, Ohio four times (Jawbone Poetry Festival, en route to Florida, Lisa and John's wedding, and Thanksgiving), St. Louis for the Disciples Pastors Conference, and Austin for the College of Pastoral Leaders conference. With very few exceptions, these were all great trips.

Blog Stats
My most popular posts were my 2005 Through the Lens of the Magnificat Sermon, the script for The Best Story: An Imperfect Christmas Pageant, and the Any *May* a Beautiful Change carnival. According to Google Analytics, 9,878 people visited this site. A little more than a third were new visitors. There were 28,186 visits and 40,573 page views. I've never had any particular readership goals, though I have always been extremely grateful that people read what I write.

Most popular posts of 2012:

10. Communion Carol
9. On the Eve of Eleven Years
8. Practices of Parenting: Sing a Song of Sisters
7. The Greatest Willis Sister Crazy Consumer Gene Story Ever (So Far)
6. Wanted: Bible Thumper
5. Let's Try That Again
4. In Defense of Attachment Parenting
3. Ben's Beautiful Change: A Guest Post
2. How I Came to Preach a Sermon About How I Have No Business Preaching 
1. Any May a Beautiful Change

Writerly Pursuits
I wrote eight pieces for the Christian Century, some online and some for the print magazine. I started writing for a Deeper Family, contributed six guest posts on other blogs, and wrote a few other reviews articles, and interviews for other publications. I also started a Facebook page for my writing projects, if you're so inclined to follow me there.

Katherine Willis Pershey, Writer

One Word 365: Inspire
I was pretty darn inspired in 2012. As I think back to some of my big projects and changes - racing in a triathlon, (mostly) giving up meat, (mostly) giving up buying new clothes, taking twelve photos on the twelfth of every month, accepting a new vocation to become an advocate for gun control reform (more on that soon) - these were all things that I was inspired to do by others. It feels funny to state it plainly, but I think I also inspired others in return this year.

Book Tally: 25
I'm a little sad about my reading habits in 2012. I had decided that instead of aiming for a particular number of books, my goal was to read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I didn't. And I probably won't this coming year, either; its just not realistic in the immediate future. But someday.

I abandoned several books in 2012, but enjoyed most of what I did read through to the end.

Next year's goal: 50. Which is around about what I used to read, before I started reading more newspapers and blogs on my iPad.

Falling Together
Eating Animals
No Cheating, No Dying: I Had a Good Marriage. Then I Tried To Make It Better.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)
Swimming Studies
See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity
The Ghost Map
Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir
The Ten-Year Nap
The Five Love Languages of Children
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored
The Age of Miracles
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny
The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

I'm excited about what's in store for 2013. As ever and always, I'll be here, seeking and naming the beautiful changes.

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