12 in 2014: A Revue

Here we are – NYE of 2014!  “Another year over, a new one just begun!” I’m linking up today with Dwija at House Unseen to review 12 photos from our 2014 here at Cajuntexasmom’s Chateau.  Stroll with me as we remember the last year and toast to the new one!


January was quiet and unseasonably cold, with two ice storms and weather we don’t usually see here in the Gulf South.  Naturally, since the skies threatened to snow, the kids had a few unexpected days off of school.  St. Sebastian selected us (the saint chooses you!) as his family for our 3rd annual patron saint selection tradition.  2014 was the year I decided not to make new year’s resolutions, and instead to select a word that I would focus on for the year. My word was “Quiet.”  I resolved to make quiet time for myself, and to be more mindful of noise in general, both literally and figuratively. The photo is from my first sewing project of the year, created during the kids’ naptime, while I savored the peace of the simple hum of the sewing machine.  I’d say that largely, my year of “Quiet” was successful.  The biggest change for this girl has been that I spend my drive time in silence now, praying the Rosary or just contemplating things, versus my lifelong habit of climbing into the car and firing up the radio.  What a difference the silence makes for my mental well-being!  (I still crank up the Elton John or Pat Green on occasion, though!)

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7 Quick Takes — Back to School, Road Trips, and Cheap Sunglasses [vol. 6]


I know it seems as though I have completely fallen off the planet, and/or decided that I would abandon my fledgling little blog.  Take heart!  Such is not the case.  The past few weeks have seen me travelling over 2800 miles to help two siblings get settled in at college, along with our own special little Back to School challenges here at my own home.  If I were a more experienced, better organized blogger, I would’ve navigated this craziness by having a few “back burner” posts just hanging out and waiting for me to hit “publish.”  Alas, I didn’t think of this little trick until like, yesterday, so it was a little late to plan for the already-over hiatus. C’est la vie! Continue reading