2011 Review.


January- Cody Canada, Jeremy Plato and Myself after The Departed concert in Madison.

My knee jerk reaction when I think about 2011? It can go to hell. 2011 was a rough year, full of loss and some pretty dark times. Honestly, when I look at the individual events of this last year, it qualifies as the worst year in my life.

February- Welcoming Blizzard Baby Morgan.


But, I can’t help but think about all of the awesome that 2011 had packed in it. Now I am not exactly the “Polyanna” type. I don’t always see the glass as half full and sunshine and puppies isn’t what I see through my roses colored glasses. Still 2011 packed a punch and when I look back on this year it isn’t going to be all about the bad stuff.

March- Welcome Nora, Daughter of #Normathebestcowever


Because of 2011….

1. My husband and I have a stronger relationship than we have ever had. This did not come easy.

April- My husband put together a surprise birthday party for me. It was amazing!

2. I went to the AgChat Conference. I met a ton of inspirational people. I learned much. I started this blog.

May- Tulips in Salt Lake's Temple. Snapped this before heading to the airport after spending time with Trudy and the family.

3. I decided to put action to my Hay Drive idea. It grew so far beyond expectations that I still can’t believe it.

June- I have a massive perrenial garden that had been neglected for at least 10 years. This was the year I took the garden back. I used the time digging, planting and pulling as therapy and took the time to remember my Grandma.

4. Because of the Hay Drive and my husband I now have a stronger faith in God. I believe that I can do what I need to no matter how hard, no matter how much it goes against my nature and it’s because of Him.

July- Spending time with my nieces and nephew. Love them so!

5. I feel fulfilled in my work life. While I am not yet at my goal of farming full time. I am very happy with the jobs I hold. They allow me to be me and succeed in my professional life.

August- Agchat Foundation Conference in Nashville. Pat and my new favorite place.

Now if I focus on the crap of 2011 the bad list is longer than 5 things. But I am not going to. Instead I am going to say thank you to the people that helped me make it through this last year. I am going to hug my husband. I am going to keep on keeping on. I am going to live my life.

September- The first bale of the first load of hay to head south.

Welcome 2012, I’ve been looking forward to you.

October- Schuster Season. So thankful for this family being in both of our lives. Pumpkins from their farm, of course.

November- A cotton field that wasn't dried up during my Oklahoma and Texas Hay Drive Trip.

November- November gets two pictures because I said so. I was able to take Patrick with me to Idaho to spend time with Trudy. I loved showing him the mountains and even more was thankful to have him with me.

December- Christmas at Mamre


4 Comments on 2011 Review.

  1. Joey N.
    December 29, 2011 at 8:22 am (8 years ago)

    There was so much in this post that hit home; 2011 was the hardest year of my life as well. I too am looking forward to 2012 & the adventures & experiences it will bring. And although I would never want to relive it, there were unexpected joys, the biggest knowing that faith & love can see you through anything. I’d like to think I’ve finished this year a little better, a little stronger, willing to risk more to love & live more. Cheers to you friend for a happy new year!

    • DairyCarrie
      December 29, 2011 at 9:09 am (8 years ago)

      Thank you Joey! Here’s to 2012!

  2. Steph
    December 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Sounds like you have had quite the year! I am grateful that about half way through the year I was able to become friends with you and get to know you and your daily adventures.. that is what we call them also! I have to admit I don’t think that there has ever been a single day that has been exactly the same as the last!! Looking forward to the new year starting 🙂 Carrie you know how to find me if you ever need a friend 🙂
    P.S. Maybe this year things will fall into place for your full time farm! Oh the possiblities… 365 days of fun!

  3. Paul
    December 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm (8 years ago)

    I am with ya. Let’s get 2012 going with a good start! Gonna leave my bad times behind and mooo-ve on!