Recap of 2018

Hello, fine folks!  I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers have been doing a review of the whole year, and I thought I would copy them.  This year has been a year full of blessings, and just a few trials.  I’m going to go over my top blog posts, the most viewed blog posts of this year, what my year was full of, my highlights, and some things I wrote in my journal.  (Can y’all believe it?  I actually wrote once in my journal every month!  That’s a record for me. XD)


My favorite blog posts of this year are below.

A Voice for the Voiceless

Hiding it in Our Hearts

Character Q&A

Pro What?

Why I’m Not For Girl Power

Happy Happy Happy!

Who’s Walking in Your Shadow?


Amie of Weird Weldon


Haha, I have a rather long list of favorites, but I look back and see so many good post from the last year!  I’ve been busy writing, haven’t I?  I published 114 posts this year! O.o Now, for your favorite blog posts. (Or the ones that got the most views.)

100 Subscribers?

The Long List of Tags

It’s Ten O Clock Again!

It’s Ten O’clock!

Modesty Swimsuit

My Favorite Kinds of Things

And since we’re on the topic of blogging, I’ve went from about 50 followers at the beginning of 2018 to 300 followers now.  Thank you all so much!

Well, let’s go over the highlights of this year….


At the beginning of this year, I was able to bring Snowball Rabbit home.  He’s been a wonderful friend, bunny, and companion.  He’s the sweetest. ❤  (Thanks, Mom, for letting me have him.)


I was able to meet so many amazing people this year!  My favorite author, other writers, new friends, old friends…God has been so good to bring so many people into my life.  I can’t even begin to say how thankful I am.


Turning a year older, and having a wonderful birthday.  I felt so loved with so many birthday wishes, and people going out of their way to give me an absolutely amazing day.


Starting a new job, and learning a whole bunch in school.  My job is amazing, and I love working there.  School has been a bit of a struggle, but still…I love learning. 😀


Writing a whole book, and completing over half of my WIP has taken up a lot of my time this year.  I also started editing for friends, and I’ve learned so much about three things.  Editing, writing, and publishing.  I look back and feel so very young when I think of my ideas of what these three things meant a year and a half ago.


Totally moving into a different room and redoing it was a long project that was totally worth the hard work and cramps.


Completing an entire illustrated children’s book that took up most of my summer.  Snowball was very proud of it. 😉


Joining Art Lab, and enjoying creating interesting and unique paintings and artwork.


Starting violin lessons, taught to me by Aria, and continuing to learn more about piano, guitar, and banjo.


Gardening with my mother, and learning so very much!  We’re already planning our garden for next year. 😉


Celebrating a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas with friends.  What could be better?

Now for the promised journal sharing.  I wrote this journal to share, and look back on.  What’s the point of a journal only for you?  Well, let’s start at the beginning.

Well, it’s 2018, and one of my resolutions is to write an honest account of every day.  High order, I know.  I just hope I keep it.

Sorry to break it to you, I didn’t.  😂  I’m terrible at writing every single day.

I hope editing becomes easier and easier every book you do.  Otherwise, I might just give up. 

Well, buddy, it only gets harder and harder.


I am afraid I am dreadfully bad.  But, I rather like being bad.  I wonder if everyone is the same way?  I almost think it would be fun to be bad and repent later.  Thankfully, my better sense knows that you reap what you sow.  Perhaps that is why I don’t want to grow old.

Dear me, I feel like I’m reading Anne Shirley’s journal, not my own. 😉

Do you know, I think a man/woman shows greatness cowardice if they never admit defeat?  The most courageous of beings can accept defeat with honor and grace.


Can you tell I had 2 cups of coffee?  Really?  Is my handwriting that different?

Uh oh…Two too many cups of caffeine.  And I end most journal entries with, “I have nothing to say.”  That about sums up my life, LOL.

Won’t it be a wonderful day when tomorrow really comes?  I shall throw my arms around it and embrace it heartily.  

seaport during daytime
Photo by Pok Rie on

On nights like these I wish I never had to sleep.  What a waste of precious time!  Night is so warm, so peaceful, so…Helpful to ones flow of thoughts.  If only one needn’t sleep.

Please, don’t let wishes come true.  I’m rather happy with being a sleeping person.

Freedom is worth dying for!!!!!! I am a bit ticked off.  I’m reading a book, and the author is making the Sons of Liberty sound like rude, insane, judgmental idiots! Perhaps some were like that, but they weren’t like what the author’s making them out to be.  “Intolerant bigots” and “Unchristian fanatics.” Errr!  Berrr! RAHHH!

Um, and that’s what I’m like when I rant and rave.


Enough griping! The world is still rosy!  I wonder what you, reader, are thinking.  I’m such a nut, I know!

And yes, I give myself pep talks.

(Talking about meeting someone) When I first said hi, she said, “Wow, you’re tall!  I mean, you’re already taller than me, but you’re tall!”  I just smiled, so she said, “You must be told that a lot.”

You spoke the truth.  *nods decidedly* Now, I’m going to be totally honest.

Those who soar the highest plunge the deepest.  Those who know the outside Amie do not know how I struggle.  I would hate anyone to see the real me.  


I have a terrible cold…and my nose is as red as a strawberry and as sore as a pineapple makes your tongue.

What was my obsession with fruit? And the rest of the entries I’ll just let them speak for themselves.

I’m trying not to look on myself, but to look on God instead, so maybe I won’t beat myself up as much? [Verbal beating] I’m just trying to be satisfied with who God created Amie to be, but it’s so hard.

Haha, so much for writing every day.  I shall try harder.  I’m a terrible person for journal writing.  Everyone will wonder why I vanished off planet earth for a week.


I’m all bluff, with only emotion deep down, besides the dreaded excitement and anger that bubble over too much. 

I love beauty, and I do hope I’m beautiful.  A part of me wants to believe that anything that loves beauty is beautiful.  I don’t know if that’s true, but I want it to be true.  I think deep down, all lovers of beauty are beautiful, if they reflect the One that is True Beauty.

Today was a better day.  The sun always has to pear through the clouds because the sun is always there and the clouds are not. 


So, to leave this last post with a parting thought.  Years come and go, similar to emotions. What are you doing to make this coming year different from all the other years?  As the New Year looms around the corner, I hope that you turn your eyes on the only thing that does not change with time, the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Open your Bible and find out more about Him for yourself.

Happy New Year.




37 thoughts on “Recap of 2018

  1. Rosy Marr says:

    I loved this post!!! I totally get what you mean about nights… I’m a total night owl, so night is the time I want to DO THINGS! But instead, I’m supposed to sleep… 😛 And, Amie Amie Amie!!!! You ARE beautiful!!! Maybe you can’t see it because you’re yourself, but I can see the love of God flowing through you!!! ❤ 😀 🙂
    And Amie. Your blog. It's so pretty! And changed! And prettily changed!!! 😛 😀 So cute. 🙂
    Great post!!!

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  2. Lydia Loves Jesus says:

    Oh wow! This should be the top post of the year! LOL
    It’s great to know how this year in blogging went for you… and especially the number of followers is incredible!
    All of the top post has definitely been the top viewing posts for me too!

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  3. Parker Hankins says:

    Amazing post!!!

    You probably expect this: *SCREAMS* I’M JEALOUS OF YOU STILL!!!!! I NEED TO MEET MISS HEDGCOCK!!!!!!!

    Amie, your books are so awesome!!! I can’t wait to see them published!!

    Wow! Your journal entries are really neat! I never knew you could take them and make them really good writing!

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    1. Amie says:

      Haha, I know, you totally do need to meat her. I can’t wait for my books to be published as well. And, what? You think my journal entries are good writing?! O.o


      1. Parker Hankins says:

        I agree! *wants to be mean* You spelled meet wrong. XD! I know you know exactly how to spell. It’s just fun to correct my editor.

        Yeah, some were quite descriptive!!

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  4. Aria says:

    Ahh! This was a great post, Amie! I much enjoyed it. Junior was quite impressed you got to meet C.R. Hedgcock. I loved your journal excerpts! I love looking back at the various journals I’ve kept over the years. Not that I’ve been able to keep many, but. Also, nice blog changes! It looks great. It’s always interesting to look back over the year…it’s amazing how MUCH you change in just a year. *shakes head*

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      1. Sandrina says:

        Oh and I completely understand the journal thing, that was my resolution this year, and last year, oh, and the year before…hasn’t happened yet.

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