Just in case you missed them the first time around, here are the Top 12 most popular posts from the Shoebox in 2012:
#1. At nearly 10,000 page views, Haley's Covenant Ceremony is not only the top post from 2012, it quickly became my #1 blog post of all time. Admittedly, many of those page views were from non-Christian forums who tore the post apart, but many readers found the post sweet and encouraging, as it was meant to be.
#2. Coming in next was Adventures of the Secret Society, a post that I had removed (but reinstated for this purpose) because I ended up using the post in the eBook Tugboat: My Voyage Out of Obesity. This was the beginning of my 60 day juice fast!
#3. Too SMALL for His Britches tells about a man from our church who decided to take the plunge into a 60 day juice fast and lost 60 pounds! What a great encouragement Mike is! This post also appeared on the Join the Reboot website!
#4. A couple of months after we ended the 60 day juice fast, we decided to do a 15 day "reboot". Several days in, I realized my nausea had a purpose. You can find out here Why I Quit the Juice Fast.
#5. Following a marriage retreat in February, where several issues were resolved, I wrote a few posts in the series What the Lord Delivered Us From. It was not easy to admit, but I transparently shared I Was the Other Woman.
#6. With ten children, we've been asked When is Enough (Children) Enough?.
#7. At our annual fall party, several of our young people performed a play I wrote based on a popular children's book. Presenting... the Princess and the Kiss is one of my all-time favorite posts!
#8. After publishing Haley's Covenant Ceremony, we received many questions, both in the comments and in emails. Covenant Ceremony Questions and Answers addressed this.
#9. On Pregnancy Loss was written after I miscarried in October.
#10. When the Truth Came Out was another post written after our wonderful marriage retreat and explains how I confessed my sin to my husband.
#11. As the one who compiles our church newsletter (The Ancient Landmark), I have the privilege of reading articles written by other church members. Last year I began a series in the newsletter called Parent's Corner and asked permission to share the wisdom here. The most popular post from that series has been Calling All Captains.
#12. Getting Past the Dog was the first post I wrote following the marriage retreat, and explains how I was freed from the bondage of 5 years of bitterness toward my husband.
I hope you have enjoyed this nostalgic walk through 2012 here at the Shoebox and I look forward to sharing many more encouraging posts here in 2013!