2016 Year in Review

What I Read

This year I read 44 books (9,876 pages). And I read the Bible cover to cover 3 times.

Here are a few of my favorite books from 2016…
The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken
Living Beyond Your Capacity by Paul Chappell
Seoul Man by Frank Ahrens
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

And here are a few of my favorite blog posts from 2016…

Debugging Dysthymia: Overcoming Chronic Fatigue
Some of my Favorite Things
Help Your Guests Overcome Fear at Church
An Airstream Hammock
My Non-Endorsement, Election-Season Gut-Check
Love God. Serve Others. Tacos.
Yoga Pants. A New Kind of Modern Vanity.
Take On Winter Like a Boss!

What I Listened To

I listened to 36 audiobooks in 2016.  A couple of my favorites were…
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

I listened to a couple of sermons that were practical and helpful by Sam Gipp…
Till I Come Give Attendance to Reading
Intercessory Prayer

Where I Traveled

I really didn’t do any travelling this year, except for a couple of day trips.
Sandpoint, Idaho, was a day trip destination a couple times. It is one of my favorite places to visit and hope to spend a day there again soon.
I also took a quick trip to Missioula, Montana. It had been many years since I had been to Montana and I had been wanting to go there. I got to go on the opening day of the farmers markets and it was really fun to see.

What I Bought

I bought a sewing machine (at a yard sale) for $25. I haven’t gotten around to using it yet, but I want to do that this year.

I bought most of my groceries at Grocery Outlet. I don’t know if I actually saved any money by doing this, but it is definitely a different way of grocery shopping that involves more “shopping” and less of gathering items from a list. The items they carry is always changing.

I bought a camera, I had been shopping around for awhile and finally settled on a camera that wasn’t expensive. I’ve been happy with it and enjoyed taking some pictures with it this year. I hope to spend more time learning photography this next year.

I bought lots of cookbooks at thrift stores and estate sales this year. I kept finding the cookbooks that I’ve always wanted to have a copy of. I don’t think I paid more than $2 for any of them.

I also added some more hymnals to my collection. But best of all I found the hymnal that they use at the church I went to as a child.

I also bought a new car. Well, actually a used SUV.

I went to 4 weddings this year. Between shower gifts and wedding gifts I spent a lot of time planning personal and meaningful gifts that were not too expensive.

I bought a lot of things at the Etailz sales this year. Many of these things have made great gifts throughout the year.

What I Learned

I memorized the book of Colossians.  I did my own version of this memory program.

I did some more chalk painting and learned some tricks to make that easier.

I started learning to play the tin whistle. This is something I’m going to focus on more in 2017, but I got an early start on it.

Things I Made

I made beeswax candles for the first time. Since I have all the supplies now, I’ve been wanting to make some more.

I made DIY makeup. It actually turned out really good and I feel pretty good about DIY deodorant, toothpaste, and now makeup.

Pictures I Took

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of 2016.

Onion blossom

Harrison Peak, Idaho

Chimney Rock, Idaho

My Garden

Spokane Farmers’ Market Flowers

Fourth of July Fireworks

Pirate Ship at Priest Lake

Zinnea in my garden

Winter Squash at the Spokane Farmers’ Market

Also, the Spokane Farmers Market Facebook page which I manage now has over 10,000 fans.

What I Cooked

I used my cast iron pans a lot this year.

I made a variation of this recipe many times this year.

I did a lot of cannning this year. And gave jams and preserves for Christmas presents.

I cooked a lot with produce from the garden. It was prolific this year and had an abundance of chard and kale!

Some of my Favorite Things

I really liked my Kindle Fire (can’t believe this was only $40), my Contigo AUTOSEAL mug, and my chainmail cast iron cleaner, and Norwex cleaning cloths.
Amazon Prime free shipping is pretty great, plus movies and books.
Hoopla, I finally got on board with this, and think it’s one of the great benefits of having a library card. I get most of my audiobooks from Hoopla.
Bullet Journal is still awesome. I have one at work. And one at home.


Favorite Quote of the Year

“Prayer is not the least we can do; it is the greatest we can do”  -Paul Chappell