Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Recap

He y'all (I'm a Southerner now since I'm posting this from the heart of the South)! I know I said I wouldn't be posting this week, but I couldn't stay away. Especially since my friend, Jo-Lynne, is hosting a 2010 Recap blog party.

The idea is that we're supposed to take the first line from the first post of every month and link to that post. That way you can go back and read through the year and some of the fun we've had around here. So here are my contributions. If you'd like to see more blog recaps, head over to Musings of a Housewife.


"I spent a lot of time this week looking back, but today I think I'll look forward."

My first post of the year looked at all the stuff I already KNEW I'd be doing in 2010--travelling quite a bit, watching one daughter graduate from high school and start college, watching the others grow up immensely. But I had no idea about some of the fun ways God would surprise me throughout the year.

Makes me excited for 2011.


"Shhhh. We snuck (is that a word?) away for the weekend."

This was a Travel Tuesday post (remember those? I used to do them fairly frequently.) about my grown-up trip to Park City, UT with my hubby and some friends. What a great weekend that was!


Truth-be-told, I’m tired as I write this post. I’ve had a long weekend.

Oh gee, what a terrible first line! If I were grading my own paper I'd probably say something like "How does this make me want to read any further?" Ugh.

Anyway, this post was Part 5 of my "Intentional Parenting" series--probably one of the areas of my blog from 2010 of which I am most proud. You all gave me such great feedback, for which I'm so grateful. I'm working on developing these ideas further in 2011.


“So how was your Valentine’s Day?” my sweet friend Meghan asked me this week.

O.K., I'm trying to figure out how I posted about Valentine's Day in April, but I think it was a re-post or something. I have no idea. Just goes to show you how unprofessional I am about this blogging thing.

Anyway, this is a very funny post showing you the real ins-and-outs and intricacies of our marriage. My favorite thing about this post is its title: "You'd think that after 25 years of marriage we'd be better at it."


"Every Saturday morning from mid-April through October, our town holds a French Market."

This was an I'm-getting-excited-about-summer post that highlighted one of my favorite Saturday traditions--going to the French Market in our town. Now that it's the dead of winter, it's kind of nice to look back on this and realize that winter won't last forever . . . even though it feels like it might.


"Twenty-five years of . . ."

Our anniversary is on June 1 (every year!), and this one was special. When we got married I couldn't even imagine how it would feel to be married to B for 25 years, but looking back, it's like the blink of an eye.


"Sometimes I follow a recipe. Sometimes."

Somewhere around mid-year I decided to incorporate regular recipes into my blog, hence "Fabulous Friday Food." I love sharing recipes and even though some people might think that's a little hokey, I have heard from more than a few of you that you kind of like my recipes too. But I'd love to know, should I keep going with this?


"My oldest, Kate, leaves for college today."

I'm so glad this post came up because it's one of my favorites of the entire year. Sending your first child off to college is a pretty big deal. You really do wonder if they're ready for the challenge. Here's how I knew Kate was ready.


"I'm in a funk this week."

This was a great post to read again--all about how life's curveballs can throw me into a funk and how on earth do I get out of it? Psalm 45 has a good answer.


"It's pumpkin time and I couldn't be happier."

Another recipe. This one's for pumpkin squares which are, if I may say it, yummy!


"Don't you just love that Allstate commercial that's on right now? That guy who plays Mayhem and drives all over town creating a ruckus?"

Needless to say, life in 2010 has been full. And wonderful. And tons and tons of fun. Here's just a glimpse into one weekend.


"So, I really haven’t told you anything about our Thanksgiving yet."

Just a little Thanksgiving recap, but this post really made me chuckle. And judging by some of your comments, it made you chuckle too.

Thanks for laughing along with me and my "wild" life in 2010. I'm so glad you have all come along for the ride (and if you'd like to invite your friends to this little party for 2011, I'd be more than honored!). Like I said earlier, I really am excited to see what God has in store for 2011. I hope you'll stick around to see what happens.



  1. This must have taken ages to prepare. I didn't know you at the beginning of the year . . . I am heading back to read some of those posts.

    Blessings on your year.

  2. I love your critique of your first lines of each post. Funny.

    End-of-the-year posts are so fun. Looking forward to whatever you have for us in 2011!

    P.S. Are you going to any conferences this year? I'm thinking of going maybe to Blissdom at the end of January????

  3. I'm visiting for the first time, and I just wanted to stop and say Hi! Can't wait to go back and read your parenting series. I'm looking forward to that.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Hi - pretty blog! I'm looking forward to browsing later today when I have more time. I'm following you from Musings of a Housewife annual 2010 recap.

  5. Shelly,

    I saw your comment on Lysa T.'s blog today and felt a "nudge" to click on your name. "Life on the Wild Side" really grabbed my attention because I am preparing to speak about "The Dangerous Church" this coming Wednesday.

    I'm so glad I clicked!

    I am so encouraged by some of your posts and I really love the post from today.

    I could totally relate to your She Speaks posts from 2009 (although I attended for the first time in 2010). : )

    I'm totally diggin' your recipes, too! 12/20's Ina Garten's Lemon Chicken sounds amazing and I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for posting that link. I am also really enjoying the pics you take the time to post with your recipes.

    Okay, I think I'm rambling a bit now ; )

    THANK YOU for hosting such a wonderful blog! I am excited to get to know you more in the New Year!

    Happy 2011!!!

    p.s. My name is "Shelly" too - yes, spelled the same way! : )

  6. Shelly, I've enjoyed following your blog this year. Looking forward to the new year with you too! Have a good one!

  7. It's been fun sharing your year and looking forward to more in 2011!

    Happy New Year to you, Shelley!

  8. Oh this is fun! I'm enjoying reading through some of these posts. I think you should definitely continue to share recipes. I love finding new recipes, and I'm much more likely to try them when someone I trust says they're yummy.

  9. Happy New Year from N Ireland.

    I have joined in the bloggy recap too :)

    I love tried and tested recipes :)

  10. This is funny- what a small world. I think that Glenda Childers is mother to Christy Childers. I worked with Christy at Chicago Hope- she is a dear friend. SMALL WORLD!