Sunday, December 22, 2013


Oh me oh my, how time does fly!  I went through iPhoto and organized all of my pictures since 2006 - no easy task, I tell you!  After I finished, I rewarded myself by going through and looking at all of my pictures from 2013.

Here's what I LOVE about photographs:  you don't take a picture of it if you don't want to remember it, so if you bothered with a snapshot, it's going to be pretty fun and fabulous, filled with memories you actually want to preserve.

I didn't realize what a truly blessed year our family has had until I looked through our pictures.  There are so many things we get to do - because we live in this nation, because my kids go to the schools they go to, because of the neighborhood we live in, because of our church, and of course our family and friends.

Since we've moved, the time has FLOWN.  We've stuffed in soccer and football, multiple field trips, play dates, multiple Family Fun Nights (to be expanded upon in another blog post), shows and productions, teaching Sunday school, trips to Searcy to see my in-laws, all kinds of fantastic home improvement projects (which I heart and will also hopefully be expanded on later), cooking adventures, and other goodies I can't think of right now.  I really can't believe Christmas is this week, and that 2013 is almost over.

They say time flies when you're having fun, but for me it's more accurate to say time flies when you get your life back :).  This year has kicked my fanny for quite a few reasons, so I won't really be sad to watch 2013 fade back in my rearview mirror, but it's nice to be able to look back and find beauty in the yucky stuff.  I've been praying for growth - that God will give me more strength and wisdom, more dependence on Him, more compassion, more forgiveness, and more grace for others through what I've seen and experienced this year.

Since the year is closing up, and I haven't written regularly in so long, I thought I'd post a few highlight photos from this year (starting from the most recent, all the way back to Spring):