Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019 by the Numbers

At the end of each year I like to spend a little time reading through old posts and noting - thanks to the statistics feature associated with the blog - which topics were well-received (and which topics weren't, for that matter) by you, my readers. I have always written and will continue to write in my own voice, and I know how important it is for my blog remain a true representation of who I am, but I want my words to reach out in a way you find interesting and engaging.

Along those lines, here are this year's most popular posts:

Take My Heart
Tom and I take the kids on a walk down memory lane - and celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary - by attending a concert put on by the Newman Singers, the choir in which we first met 20+ years ago.

Scary Stuff
A cautionary tale about peanut allergies and how my nephew Carter's allergist sets him and his family up for disaster.

Hit by an Airplane
A broken wrist ended up being the first of Hallie's 2019 heartbreaks.

Cheers to Lasts
Thoughts on if it's better to know when a last is approaching so you can prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the ups and downs that will inevitably accompany the experience, or to not know when a last is approaching so you can fully experience and enjoy the last. 

Don't Cry Because It's Over
Elementary school comes to an end for all of us.

Double Digits
My Gal Hal turns 10 years old.

My Boy Will turns 13 years old.

Texas Bucket List: Road Trip
Tom and I cross three experiences off of our Texas Bucket List in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary.

Picky Is As Picky Does
It came as no surprise which member of our family scored the highest on this fun picky eater "test".

Finish the Race
"Cross country meets are church, man. Run somebody across the finish line today." 

And here are a few of my personal favorites not listed above:

Texas Bucket List: Where They Were Laid to Rest
Visiting the final resting place of George H. W. and Barbara Bush.

Who Wore It Better?
Will in his cross country uniform looked surprisingly similar to (and considerably more fashionable than) Tom rocking an old basketball uniform a decade earlier.

I Believe
Will channels his inner Megan Rapinoe.

I'm Not Ready
After a great summer, I struggled - for the first time - to send my kiddos back to school. The days are long, but the years are short.

Wisconsin Bucket List...Times Three
On our summer trip north we crossed three experiences off of our Wisconsin Bucket List.

Thank you, my real life and internet friends, for your support throughout 2019. For reading my posts, following Chasing Roots here on the site, "liking" Chasing Roots on Facebook, and sharing Chasing Roots with your friends and family. I am extraordinarily grateful.

I look forward to spending 2020 with you!

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