2008: Toni in Review

So I thought I would list 7 (my fave number)things about my year that are things I will remember and that my year would not have been the same without.

~Finding a lump in my breast, scared me so much and made me appreciate life much more than I already did.

~Finding out my mom had cancer was possibly the worst moment of my 2008, I mean how do you deal with something like that and not break down.

~Forgiveness, not by me but to me. There were several people I had hurt when helping to run an online forum who gave me much more than I could ask for. I treated them wrong a year ago and they still put that aside and accepted my apologies. It takes a big person to forgive someone who had no reason to treat them badly, much bigger than a person that holds a grudge.

~We spent record number of visits in the ER my main memory was basically slicing into my finger on the night of my anniversary dinner. What a fun date ๐Ÿ™‚

~My husband graduating. What a big goal this was that “we” worked toward. I was so very proud of him. He had stopped going to school when we got married because he had to work 2 jobs (along with me working at the time) to support a family. I am so proud of him.

~Aidan starting preschool. I had such mixed emotions for this, I was sad b/c Gabriel never went to preschool but Aidan having a much more introverted personality just needed to go to get that extra nudge to get him talking more. Well it has worked so well I am so happy. Best decision I could have made, he is talking so much more and it is wonderful.

There is so much more I could lists but those are the big things that were a part of my life in 2009. Of course the best things consist of family memories and as always all my new friends in bloggy land. 2008 just would not have been the same without any of you. The hard times made me appreciate the fun times much more.

What are some things that stick out in your mind of your 2008?


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Hi! I'm Toni. I am a happily married, christian, momma of 3 living on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast. I am a lifestyle blogger and Seint Arist. I started blogging when my last child was born as a way to share my love of all things travel, cooking, beauty, recipes, and more. Now pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea and let's get to know each other. I truly hope you enjoy getting A Daily Dose of Toni!


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    Thank you Toni for the great shout out! We appreciate what you did.

    Here’s to a great New Year!


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    It sounds like it was year filled with ups and downs. I hope 2009 goes great and especially am sending hopeful vibes for your mom.

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    Stacy's Random Thoughts

    Hmmm…things that have stood out in 2008 for me… Joining the world of blogging and having the opportunity to ‘meet’ people like you and get addicted to reading (your) blogs. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Having my daughter start Kindergarten…big change!

    I’ve enjoyed reading back through your posts and ‘getting to know you’ that much more… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I look forward to many thought-provoking and fun posts in 2009! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I am just now hearing about momdot! I am going to check it out!

    I loved finding your blog last year!! Can’t wait to get to know you bettter this year!

  5. 5

    what a great idea for a post!
    wishing you a great oh nine!

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    what a great idea for a post!
    wishing you a great oh nine!

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    I hope you have a great year!

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    We’ve had many ups and downs this year! My biggest thing I think is that Hayden started daycare when I got “real” job! That was SOOO hard! And he’s talking ALOT! The kid won’t shut up sometimes! LMAO! Hope your 2009 goes great Toni! I miss talking to you guys online!

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    This gave me an idea. Thanks. I’ll be doing something similar.

    I hope 2009 is better!

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    I haven’t been able to think about ’08 in full yet. There were so many things going on and it all went by so fast. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy New Year!

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    I became a T-ball mom, a soccer mom, and a cub scout mom all in one year! My 6 yr old is quite the social butterfly!

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    haha! I listed mom dot and meeting trsiha in May. It’s so odd but it was a part of me growing throughout this year.

    2008 was all about reviews and giveaways 2009 will be all about me and who I AM! Oh and I’ll add in something new.

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    I am so glad we are back in each other’s life’s Toni. You are one amazing gal, and i look forward to staying in touch for many years to come. Here is to another wonderful and even better year for you! I will have to make my own blog about what were the major things of 2008, when I get a chance. *hugs*

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    Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy

    Blogging sticks out the most for me! And meeting awesome people like you! Happy 2009!

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    Kristen Andrews

    well we all have good and bad and learn and grow from them!

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    Queenie Jeannie

    Wow hun, that is some year you had!!

    For me 2008 was a year of change and transition. Two of my non-faves!! But we all have to keep growing!

    Let’s hope 2009 is even better!!!

    When you take a break, come on over and register for my awesome jewelry giveaway, ok?

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    I can see how each of those would stick out in your mind. Seems like it was a big medical year for my family as well but we all made it through and that is alot to be thankful for.