2019 In Review

Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to have time to write my yearly review post, and then, somehow, I always do.

So, I've got to be honest here. This year was, in some ways, even harder than last year. As anyone who knows me, or has been a reader here for longer than a year, you know that my mom passed away unexpectedly in May 20018. It was tragic, devastating and changed our lives irrevocably.
In many ways, I anticipated this year (2019) to improve, but things seem to have only gotten worse.

There has been a ton of stress, and it's been overwhelming. Not only has it been emotionally, physically, and mentally draining. But we have moved twice, currently have a much smaller place, with two storage units of stuff (one in CT, the other still back in NY).
We have spent $1000's of dollars on moving, down payments on apartments, and the latest event, needing a new engine for our vehicle.

It has been a lot. A lot for our family, for Adam's and my relationship, and for my two kiddos, since we all know how even ONE move is a big deal for small children.

A lot of this I don't share on social media. I figure that life is hard for everyone, and we all have stuff going on. I try to share positive things here and leave it at that.

However, please know that on the other side of the screen, things are not always as good as they may seem.

So, that said. Here's our crazy, crazy year. It's been a long and hard one, and many of the personal details I'm leaving out, but there also have been a lot of bright moments, and support and kindness from friends and family. And that does make all the difference.

Okay. I'm out of words and just leaving this here.


January was cold and snowy. We got snowed in, visited our friends Julie and Chad (while we were house hunting in preparation for our move to Vermont), read lots of books, and the girls and I made a lot of trips to CT.


I didn't post a lot in February, mainly because we were preparing for our move to Vermont, and things were crazy.  There was a lot of packing and downsizing. We were still neck-deep in snow, and I wrote some book reviews


March started warming up, and we went to the playground a lot, made trips to CT, explored our new town, settled in at home, and saw a lot of our friends, Julie and Chad. 


I wrote about downsizing our home (little did I know that we would be moving to an even smaller place by the end of the year!), we explored, celebrated Easter, and did a lot of cooking


In May, I shared our Spring Bucket list, we went exploring, visited the playground, went to CT a lot, and basically soaked up all the warm weather. 


June was a big month because my firstborn turned FOUR. She had a fantastic party, and then we celebrated again with her grandparents, and they took her to the zoo (where she got to hold a baby kangaroo!). 
We also went to the Summer Pops, celebrated Father's Day at the beach, went to a Cow Parade, and I wrote about how we meal plan
The highlight of the month was going with sister Julia to a Josh Groban concert. It was SO much fun and something that has been on my bucket list forever!


In July, we explored NH and went hiking, went to a Family Reunion (on my dad's side), Adam went fishing, and we visited CT some more
I also wrote a book review (one of the top five that I read this year!), we swam a lot, and we made the decision to move to CT.


August was another busy month. Before moving to CT, we visited Adam's hometown in Northern VT (where he lived until he was 14). We then packed up everything and moved in with my dad (putting our stuff in storage) until we had found a place, and Adam had found work. 
It was a busy month, and it was hot. We went swimming a lot, and Adri hung out with her cousins a lot. We also visited OSV, and sister Sophia came and stayed with us most of the month and helped us to pack. 


In September, we were still living at my dad's. We went to the fair, I made lots of food, we went crabbing (the girls and Adam's first time!), and we celebrated Piper's 2nd birthday and Labor Day


In October, we finally moved into our new place. Adam settled at the job that he's at now (he was at another job temporally when we moved down. It paid well, but he was on the road and gone a lot). 
We settled in, celebrated birthdays, and Halloween. 
I even wrote a Day in the Life post
We also had our first Wild+Free Meetup that month, and it was fun! 


We celebrated Thanksgiving, I talked about house plant care, and we got hit with some bad sickness
I also shared a ton of photos from Halloween and our family hike here


We got busy and ready for Christmas there. We got our tree up, celebrated my work Christmas party, and went to Medieval Times! 

I'm looking forward to a new year and starting over fresh. As I said, these past two years have been tough ones for us. And I'm ready for a change, and for things to be just a little easier. 
Here's looking at 2020! 

Happy New Year!

Past Years: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Link to my top 10 most visited posts here on Rosie's Ramblings in 2019


  1. Rosie,Thankyou for being honest here. You're not the only one , this year has been one of the most difficult for me as well. I won't go into all of it,but it has definitely made me a stronger person,and caused me to rely on God all the more. I pray this new Year brings many good things for you,and thoes you love. God has said He will never leave us,nor forsake us. Whatever we go thru,we aren't going thru it alone,and He will always be there to comfort our hearts.

  2. I too am so glad to be at an end for 2019...so ready for a much better year this time...so hoping 2020 will be better for us all!! Hang in there, dear...moving is so stressful, even if a chosen thing and even if you make all the right decisions...plus your family will never be as it was with your dear mom gone...but it might still be ok and get to a place of "better" at some point...all takes time. No doubt your sisters are oh so glad you are closer too!!

  3. What a whirlwind year! I hope 2020 will be quiet and peaceful and maybe even a little boring. Sending you plenty of good vibes.

  4. What a hard couple of years you have had! I pray 2020 is a better year for you and your family! Blessings, Shirley

  5. I started reading your mom’s blog probably back in 2006 and 2007. Her writings and photos touched my heart in such a deep way, and guided me when I was a young mother and trying to heal from my past to create the life that I wanted for my children. I’m so very sorry for your loss. What you share through your blog and on Instagram is always an encouragement to me, even though I am further down the road as a mother(my picture is very old!). Your beauty, quiet strength, gentleness, creativity, dedication, courage and love shines through. The ripples of goodness that go out into the world from who you are and the choices you make every day reach deeper and wider than you know. Blessings and love to you as you begin this new year. Thank you for who you are and what you do. Prayers for the healing of your heart.

  6. I enjoyed reading about your year! I focus on the positives in my social media, as well. Prayers for a beautiful 2020!


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