Each month, Elizabeth Esther, of “Kids, Twins, & Laundry Bins,” hosts a blog carnival, The Saturday Evening Blog Post. Bloggers can feature their favorite post from the previous month, and find tons of great new writers. Visit her site, link to your best post of 2009, and check out the other amazing posts!

This Saturday, she’s asked us to highlight our favorite post from 2009. I’m going to do both my favorite from December and from the year.

For December, I decided to highlight “How NOT To Handle the Hard Stuff: 6 More Tips“, which really seemed to touch a chord with people. I shared some of the hard lessons I’ve learned through responding poorly to difficult or painful circumstances in hopes that you won’t make the same mistakes. It’s part two of a two-part series.

My most controversial post of 2009 (based on both the number and passion of comments) was “Is ‘Me-Time’ a Lie?” which was a response to a previous, nearly-as-controversial post, “A Call for Simplicity and Service-Mindedness at Church.” The spiritual health of mothers of young children remains a concern of mine.

The controversy of those two posts prompted me to state more clearly for myself and readers the purpose of this blog, a place to rip off the facade and be brutally honest about the good, the bad, and the ugly of walking through valleys as a daughter of God.

But the post I decided to highlight for 2009 is “One Year Ago“, thoughts a year after losing our daughter suddenly (but not unexpectedly). It captures some of the changes in our lives since Elli left our home, and some of the lasting lessons she taught us.

What was your favorite post of 2009 (your own or someone else’s)?