2012: A Look Back

Happy New Year from the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

On the first day of 2013, we thought we’d take few moments of your time to share our thoughts about 2012. From homeschool successes and challenges, to fun reviews, and just life in general, we faced many challenges and received many blessings in this past year. So, come along as we share them with you. And if you feel so led, feel free to join in the conversation in the comments below, and tell us about your blessings and challenges of 2012, too!



Kemi Q. @ Homemaking Organized — The Year in Review 2012: God Promised to Help Us Through

While I put it all in print it seems like really nothing and in God’s eyes I’m sure it was. He knows and knew how it would end up all along.

Anne Marie G. @ Future Flying SaucersTreasures of 2012

The toys have been put away. The leftover food stashed in the fridge. A soccer ball placed in the garage and the doll stroller parked in the closet. The house was still. And I smiled.

Rebecca C. @ Our Life ~ Home and SchoolIs this year really over? 

Wow, I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. It seems like it just started. I always think in January and February the year is going by so slowly. . .

Clarissa W. @ Counting Our BlessingsEvery Year Brings Changes

Every year in my adult life has brought big changes, much more so than when I was a child it seems. 2012 was no exception. Here is my end-of-the-year recap . . .

Bethany H. @ Little Homeschool BlessingsOf 2012: So What Did We Do Anyway

We have had a year full of joy and learning and blessings.

Tiffany D. @ The Crafty Home — Evaluating and Looking Forward

If I had one theme for this next year I would say that would be it. To finish strong next year.

Amy L. @ Our Appalachia HomeschoolFlashback into 2012

2012 is almost over, and as we look forward to New Year I wanted to take a quick picture flashback of the past year! Enjoy!

Chareen R. @ Every Bed of RosesA Year of His Abundant Blessings

What an absolutely amazing year we have had. We have experienced a depth and breadth of blessing that I am still trying to wrap my mind around. We have seen over 7 000 km of Australian country side, experienced Hong Kong and rested in Southern Africa.

Laura L. @ Loving and Learning on the High Plains2012 By the Numbers

We can hardly believe how the year has flown, and have innumerable blessings to count as we look around us, but here are 12 numbers that might sum it up.

Emilee R. @ Pea of SweetnessHomeschooling: 2012 Recap

This has been the first year we are homeschooling 2 of our 3 kids at the same time, and it has been quite a journey!

Karyn T. @ Teach Beside Me — Top Ten Posts of 2012

We have reached the end of 2012. Today I am going to share with you the top 12 posts from my blog from 2012. Thanks to all of my readers that have helped make these posts successful- I love sharing with all of you!

Leah C. @ As We Walk Along the RoadWhat Did We Do in 2012?

I love the fading of one year into another. It’s leaving the old year and turning over a blank page- so much potential, so much possibility. I like to look through the passing year and see what we did and think about what the new year holds.

Heather A. @ Only Passionate Curiosity2012: A Year of Dreams

I’ve daydreamed my way into this life more times than I can count, but somehow this year, I was able to live all those big dreams.

Holly O. @ Possibilities and PeasLooking Back

We are living in a season of change. That definitely reflected in our lives and in this blog. Here is a brief look back – in pictures.

Leslie E. @ There’s More 2 LesFavorite Reviews of 2012

I was thinking back through all of the products I was blessed to be able to review last year for the Schoolhouse Review Crew and thought I would update you on the ones we still use/love.

Lisa M. @ Chickens, Bunnies, and Homeschool2012: Flashback Field Trips

Come reminisce with us on a photo tour of our 2012 field trips.

Carey C.  @ enCouragementLooking Back at 2012

Standing at the stove, preparing Christmas dinner, it suddenly occurred to me that we had spent Christmas in six different homes in the last six years. But we’ve always been together, and we’ve always had warmth and love to spare.

Melissa E. @ Little connections add up to a lotta’ lifeLooking Back at 2012

Assessing 2012: The year of the Big Move and when my 13 yo vegetarian son started eating meat.

Lisa N. @ Golden GrassesA Very Good Year: 2012 Review

What went right in 2012? Home-school, house re-build, reading, writing, curriculum.

Brandy B. @ Kingdom AcademyWhere We’ve Been

I guess when I look back on 2012 that’s what is most apparent to me. God’s hand being active in our everyday life.

Sarah A. @ My Joy-Filled LifeHighlights of 2012

If you had told me ten years ago that I would be a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 7 children, I would have that you were crazy! Now I’m sure most people think I’m the crazy one.

Debbie I. @ Children Grow. Children Explore. Children Learn — A Year of Growth 2012

We enjoyed a warm dry summer and had so much fun spending as much time as possible outside exploring our new home. Since we moved last year, this was really the first full Summer we had to see everything our new home offered.


Cristi S. @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm2012 in a Dozen Pictures

Cristi dug through thousands of digital pictures to find twelve special snapshots to best represent what her busy family has been doing over the past year.

Rebecca T. @ There Will Be a $5 Charge for WhiningLooking Back: My Lessons for Life — Homeschool Style

Don’t be afraid to slice an onion or two. Translation: We all know that life can be kind of messy sometimes. And it can even make you cry. Don’t be afraid to learn something new…even if you are afraid it might cause you a little grief along the way.

Kristi K. @ The Potter’s Hand Academy2012 in the Rearview Mirror

Happy New Year everyone!! Well, with 2012 officially in the rear view mirror, and 2013 in the headlights, I thought it might be a good idea to sit down, take an honest, objective look, and write down a lessons learned for 2012.

Renita K. @ Krazy Kuehner DaysRoller Coaster 2012

Our life is a daily roller coaster. Enjoy a picture view of our year.

Susan A. @ Homeschooling Hearts and MindsOur Wrap-up for 2012

Everyone has a story to tell. This past year is just a little piece of ours, and it’s full of all kinds of good stuff, including some things I’d forgotten about.

Rhonda C. @ A Dining Room EducationMy Crazy Sort of Life-2012

A broken recliner I thought would never be fixed, and cancelling a dentist appointment in the middle of a Texas theme park were just a couple of the oddball highlights of my year.

Beth B. @ Ozark RamblingsCounting on Co-ops: a look back

With a semester of co-op under our belts I present some positives and negatives of the experience.


Jen R. @ Our JourneyRemembering Our 2012

Showers, wedding, Mickey and fireworks galore. We had a fun and exciting 2012! Come take a look back with us.

Lori S. @ Special Connection Homeschool2012: A Year of Significant Events

It’s that time of year where we all take one last back before we embrace the new year before us. As I did this myself in preparation for this Blog Cruise I could not help but notice that this was a pretty significant year for Gess.

Nikki F. @ Blessings from HomeschoolingLooking in the Rearview Mirror

As we embark on a new year, are you looking back wondering about what you might have changed? Or are your eyes facing towards the horizon ready for the upcoming surprises?

Nicole W. @ Schooling in the SunLooking Back . . . A Picture Post of This Year

It’s so fun to look back at the pictures we’ve taken over the past year and see what we’ve accomplished. All of my kiddos were over my shoulder as I put this post together: “was that this year?”, “I remember that!”, and “oh, that was so much fun!” were what I heard as I chose the pictures that summed up our year.

Marya R. @ Estilo Familiar — Una miradita al 2012

Siempre me gusta sacar un rato durante las vacaciones de diciembre para repasar cómo nos fue durante el año. Aprovecho entre el día después de navidad y el día antes de año nuevo para hacerlo porque son días lentos y los nenes están enfocados en sus nuevos juguetes y no me extrañan tanto. ¡Ja, ja!

Sara P. @ Embracing Destiny2012: The Year in Focus

I chose “focus” for my word of the year last year. I felt that I was being pulled in many different directions and had no clear idea of what I had accomplished, what I needed to accomplish, and where I was going with it all. I wanted to focus on my priorities and what really mattered, letting the other stuff go and learning to say no when I was overwhelmed . . .

Annette V. @ A Net in TimeHomeschooling and Flexibility

The fun of looking back and thinking about why we do what we do and what has changed over the year.


Courtney L. @ The Classical CircusLife: Check

Reducing life to a series of boxes to be checked off is joy-robbing and it’s not God-glorifying.

Nikki H. @ Angels of HeartOne Funny Family 2012

“Mommy don’t brush my hair. Don’t brush my
hair and get my ankles. (tangles) “

“Spirit wants to dress as Jesus for Halloween and hand out bread and swedish fish.”

Melanie S. @ A Year of Jubilee ReviewsKeeping on My Shelves from 2012

With all that I am reviewing and reading through out the year I have to make cuts to what is going to stay on my shelf, and what I will pass on to others or giveaway. Only the best of the best makes it to stay on the shelf (though I am seriously considering more bookshelves!)

Karen W. @ Tots and Me — 2012 Year in Review

2012 has gone by so fast. As this year comes to a close I believe our school time is slowly being organized, we are all doing well health wise, mommy has gotten closer to being able to deal with four children and I am trying to bring my blog back to what it was meant to be.

Wendy R. @ Life at Rossmont — Looking Back Over the Year at Rossmont

Here at Rossmont, it’s been a year of some pretty big changes and events!

Tawnee H. @ Adventures in Homeschooling — Bye-Bye 2012- Our Year in Review

I just love the start of a New Year! You can take the time to look back and remember the year, reminisce, look at pictures, and plan your next year.

Jacquelin C. @ A Stable BeginningTwenty Twelve in a Nutshell

From visits from Grandma and Cousin Danielle, graduations, state championships, and field trips with friends it was a joy filled year!

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Dawn W. @ Guiding Light HomeschoolSo Many Blessings- 2012

So many blessings in 2012 ~ it was wonderful to look back and remember!

Sarah J. @ delivering graceLessons from home education in 2012

2012 marked our third anniversary of home education. I hope my children have learned something but what have I learned this year.

Tracey M. @ A Learning JourneyA Photographic Walk Down Memory Lane: Our Look Back at Year 2012

Now is the time of year when I look back at the past 12 months and dig through old photos; it’s a time for me to reflect, re-evaluate, and remember significant, life-changing, and candid events in our life. As I reminisce the occurrences and re-evaluate our life choices in 2012, I embark on an amazing yet teary-eyed trip down memory lane.

Julie C. @ Creatin’ Classical Chaos5 Tops of Our 2012: Best and Worst

This year has been good in so many ways. Even the things that did not work for my kids taught me much.

Tess H. @ Circling Through This LifeLooking Back at 2012

Through it all though, we’ve had the opportunity to witness God’s hand in providing for our every need. We’ve found the “blessings in disguise” and have learned not to take things like dishwashers and transportation for granted.

Michelle G. @ Michelle Gills Blog — 2012: A Look Back at Our Year

2012 brought our family lots of blessings. We learned a lot, loved a lot and have many memories to hold us close together. Nick and I are so excited to see what 2013 brings!

Lexi H. @ Lextin Academy — Rear View Mirror

Bye bye 2012!  It’s time for a new year but I’ll take a quick peek in my rear view mirror before I welcome 2013 . . .

Kerry H. @ Old-Fashioned Girls — Choose Him

Finding His gifts, when facing adversity.

Karen N. @ Karen B. Nelson2012: Don’t Look Down!

The year 2012 has been one of ups and downs – whether a roller coaster ride or a balancing act – the strategy I’ve followed has been to keep one foot in front of the other, and Don’t Look Down!

Nicole H. @ Ever After . . . My WayLooking Back at an Eventful 2012

This was a big year for us. Lots of little things happened in our lives, but really a few big things stand out for this year.

Diana M. @ Homeschool Review2012: Looking Back Over Our Year

2012 has been a long year. But it went so fast. How does that work?

Clarinda O. @ A Jewel in the MakingLooking Back on 2012

So many changes happened in 2012. Here’s a look through pictures and favorite posts.

Dana L. @ Luv N’ Lambert LifeOur 2012 Review

I can only hope as we head into the new year, that next year will be as good to us as this one has been. Our lives have been so blessed throughout this past year. I’m hoping to accomplish much in 2013, all while watching my babies grow even more.

Lisa B. @ Home to 4 Kiddos — 2012: A Look Back

Much has happened; memories have been made, lessons have been learned, love has been shared.

Sam K.  @ Sam’s Noggin — 2012 in Review

The year 2012 has been very good to our family. I put together a post in pictures to look back at the year that went faster than any I ever remember.


Jennifer S. @ Milk and Honey MommyComing Full Circle in 2012

Milk & Honey Mommy’s fast rewind to not leave you behind in 2013.

Jennifer M. @ a glimpse of our lifeReflecting

For the first time ever, I’m planning to join a group on a foreign mission trip in 2013. My passport has arrived and reservations are made.

Jenn K. @ Fresh Start AcademyLooking Back on 2012

This last year has been a rollercoaster ride of sorts for our family. Life is usually full of ups and downs but this past year has been unusally stressful and exciting for our family, piggy backing 2011 which was also chaotic. From sickness, camping and roadtrips to a short notice move, 2012 was exciting in all ways to say the least.

Christa D. @ Fairfield Corner AcademyLooking Back at 2012

My kiddos are growing up.  They are becoming so much more mature and responsible.  They are wonderful helpers and have huge hearts – they give all they can to the community and those in need.  I started this way so you would know why I am saying 2012 was a wonderful year!

Cariann M. @ Unionvale Homeschool2012 A Few of Our Favorite Things

2012 has been a crazy year. I thought I would share a few of our favorite things.

Amanda S. @ Our Heart and HomeLooking Back

Today I am “Looking Back to 2012″. And while this year started off really rough with constant illness and ER trips, it ended much better.

Kayla A. @ The Arrowood ZooLooking Back 2012

This year has been wonderfully blessed. The Lord always shows up in everything and it’s wonderful to look back and see it all.

Marcy C. @ Ben and MeA Month-by-Month Look Back at 2012

I can’t believe the year 2012 is already gone! It’s been a year full of trials, reflections, and blessings for sure. And because it’s always interesting to take a look back at our lives for the past year, I thought I would do the same for my blog.


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