Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 In Review: Part Two

Christmas has come and gone, and 2013 is on its way out the door. Here is Part Two of 2013 In Review! I for one am excited for the New Year. I've always loved a fresh start, a clean slate, and new beginnings!


In July, we had the absolute BEST time at our Engagement Pictures Session! It was such a fun, exciting time and made me so impatient for our wedding day! Our photographer was an absolute precious treasure that we couldn't have been happier with. We took a trip to the mountains about an hour out of town and enjoyed the quiet beauty all around us.

July was also the month of our first gathering in our new house! We had some friends over, including one of my besties Karissa and BBQ'd and lit fireworks. Karissa and I bought houses about two miles away from each other, not on purpose, but kind of yes, on purpose so it was so fun to have our first summer gathering together as neighbors!

I also started my new job. A job I had been praying for for months. A job that was worth the wait, as I accepted a position working as a Recruiter for the State of Idaho! I love my job so much and am so thankful for how God provided for me and our family in this way! 


August was the month of Stacey's wedding! Being in each other's wedding made this year a non-stop wedding planning party, and finally it was Stacey's turn! 


In September, Karissa and our mom's threw me the most beautiful Bridal Shower Brunch! It was complete with a mimosa bar and beautiful burlap and lace decor that is right up my alley. I had the BEST time with some amazing women and remember feeling so loved and so very blessed by the women God placed in my life!


What happened in October??? 


First though, two of my besties Lea and Sarah flew to Idaho to be bridesmaids in my wedding, and I had the most fun night out with them + Stacey and a bunch of other girl friends for my bachelorette party.

Our wedding was a dream, and just the start of this beautiful story God is writing. I couldn't have been happier to be surrounded by so many of our dear family and friends when I married my best friend.

We also went on our DREAM honeymoon, to Cancun, Mexico!


We hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner as a married couple, and I also ran the Turkey Day 5k. 

We also had a mini photo shoot for our Christmas Card which has been one of my favorite things about being married! I am already planning next year's pictures and Christmas Cards haha!

In December we celebrated Christmas. We put lights on our home, bought a real tree, and decorated the house. We carried on old traditions of Christmas Eve Jammies and started new ones with cinnamon rolls and egg casserole in the morning. We even hosted Christmas dinner at our house and made gingerbread houses with my niece. 

I am so blessed. This year has been amazing, and I look back and see how God can make beauty from a battle. The process of healing that has taken place in my life has been so incredible, and I think back to the prayers I prayed for my health, for my relationship, for my family, and our careers and I see time and time again how God proved himself to be faithful.

Thank you Jesus for holding 2013 in your hands. I can rest easy going into 2014 knowing you have already gone before me, and you have great things planned ahead.

One more thing friends before we say See Ya to 2013-I e-mailed those who mentioned they might be interested in a Group Bible Study, but if you didn't get an email, and might be interested, the books I am considering for this study are: 

Please take a quick look at these books and then fill out this Google Form if you are interested in participating! I would love to have all the responses in by Friday, and then I will pick the book the majority of you are interested in reading, and send out more detailed instructions on how exactly the study will work and when it will start! 


  1. Looks like a fabulous year. You & your husband are so cute together.

  2. You and your husband are such a photogenic couple! So excited about the Bible Study! :)

  3. What a great year for you guys! You are such a cute couple! I hope 2014 brings even more joy for you! Looking forward to the bible study!!

  4. Great pics chick. You look great. Hope ya'll have a great 2014. How are you bringing in the new year?

    Come check it out. and let me know your input. It would mean alot. Thanks.

  5. I love ALL of these photos! You emit happiness ... your blog title suits you well my dear :) Where did you two stay in Cancun? We've been twice, for our honeymoon and then last year for our anniversary. We stayed at Live Aqua and then Catalonia Riviera Maya. I'd love to make it a yearly thing, but 2014 is our year to pull ourselves out of debt (fingers crossed!!)

  6. Love reading your year in review & great pictures too! You have such a wonderful attitude!! I married my best friend also, & we just celebrated our 36th anniversary in October. God has been so good to us, & I'm so grateful. Not sure how that Bible Study works out, but I'm very curious.

  7. You've had a busy year. And I'm sure that there will be many more adventures in 2014.

    Heidi’s Wanderings