2011 – Year in Review

A brief timeline of how the year went for me. I know I’m not usually very brief, but I’m going to be as brief as possible this time. I’ll go through each month and list the most interesting, important, or influential things that happened to me. I won’t go into details, I’ll just give a short description of what happened. (I might go back and reflect on some of these things later, and write a separate entry for them.)

January – Decided to get re-baptized. I had been baptized as a baby, but this was different. I chose to get baptized this time, and boy, has it been an amazing ride since then. God has done some incredible things in my life, and I’ve gotten to see him work in so many ways. This really set the tone for me for the whole year.

February – Helped with Disciple Now, a youth retreat with a neighboring church. A lot of fun, and a great experience. Also, attended the Gathering.

March – Went to the HIM conference, a Christian convention in Honolulu. It was a great time of learning and growth, and was a lot of fun.

April – Helped make this Easter video with a kid from my church:

May – Started working at an elementary school.

June – Summer school started, and I began leading 5th & 6th grade.

July – Went to Cambodia.

August – Came back from Cambodia / the regular school year started at work, and I began leading 2nd grade. Also, started playing sanshin at various bon dances.

September – Turned 25, and I started this blog. (Previously my postings were just posted on facebook or shown or emailed to various people. I decided it was time to get a more organized and consolidated place to post.)

October – Decided to start playing baseball again, and began work outs. Also, started leading Royal Ambassador’s at my church (a missions education group for boys in grades 1-6.)

November – Started teaching Children’s Sunday School at church as a substitute teacher.

December – Decided to go back to school, and registered for the next semester.

It was a lot of fun, but not everything that happened this year was spectacular. I was sick a lot. I had so many bouts of tonsillitis that I lost track. If we added up the total amount of time I was sick or recovering from a sickness, I’d say it was at least 1/4th of the year. My bouts of tonsillitis usually lasted about 2 weeks at a time, plus an additional 2 weeks to recover and get back up to full strength. It really sapped me of a lot of energy. But I know God used this to teach and grow me. Thankfully, it seems that he has healed me of this disease.

But overall, it was a great year, a year in which I really grew with God. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me in 2012.

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