In this, the darkest and quietest time of the year, I have taken a few moments to reflect on all that has passed in 2012. Here is a brief look at my year in pictures:
January: Palubari, Nepal
January 2012: Battisputali neighborhood, Kathmandu, Nepal
February: Backyard hockey rink.
March: The Peanut Challenge. My oldest son was diagnosed at age 1 with a peanut allergy. After blood tests determined he had outgrown it, the final test was eating peanut butter.
April: Spring break.
May: View from Ydra, Greece
May: Sunset on the Greek island of Ydra
May: At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland
May: Lac Leman, Geneva, Switzerland
June: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Skogfjorden Norwegian Language Village (Bemidji, Minnesota).
June: Bukkesjøen, Bemidji, Minnesota
July: Family reunion, Lake George, Minnesota
August: Weedfield, Center Sandwich, New Hampshire
September: Interviewing students at the Sankhu-Palubari Community School in Nepal
Sanku village, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
September: Swayambhunath temple, Kathmadu, Nepal
October: Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
November: Election 2012
Each of the kids at my daughter’s school wrote what they were thankful for on a feather, creating this Thankful Turkey.
December: The things you see when you cross-country ski! Elm Creek Park Reserve, Minnesota
All in all, it has been a pretty good year. As my friend Amy described it, a mix of exotic and everyday. The perfect description of my life!
What’s in store for 2013? To begin with, I’ll be in Morocco in January, Cameroon in February and Tanzania in March. In short, the fortune cookie was right:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(See other bloggers’ 2012 in Pictures here and here)