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Word for 2013

As I’ve been thinking about my word for 2013, I couldn’t help but feel a bit daunted this year.  Last year I chose the word “gifts” partially because of the new gift of life that I was carrying.  It was an unexpected blessing and I was floating on the precious cloud of motherhood for the fifth time.  Life was good.

However days later, I was tearfully trying to find the silver lining in that cloud.  Where was the gift in all of this?  Can I be honest with you and say that I truly struggled with watching other women due around my “expected time” as they joyfully welcomed their new little ones.  To smile and go on was breaking my heart.

Yet God taught me that the gift of life is simply that…a gift.  Whether life is only mere days or years on end, every day is precious.  He also reminded me of the blessings I had already been given: Bunny, Fuzz, Zip and Pop.  Four beautiful, healthy children.  As we all learned in recent days, take every opportunity to squeeze them tight.  My children have their moments, for certain, when they drive me crazy, but they are good kiddos and I love them dearly.

Another 365 days has passed and I am so glad that I had Hubs by my side every step of the way.  I am crazy about him.  I could go on and on about him, but I know that you’d rather not hear it all, so I’ll just  tell him.  However, I’ll just say this, I love my guy.  The end.

Laughter is good and truly does do good “like a medicine.”  As the weeks began to pass, I found that I could laugh again.  And yes, that life was still good.  In the end, the word gift for 2012 was the perfect word for me.  I found my silver lining.  To quote from my original post, I am still rich.  My gifts are simply no longer in one place, making Heaven just a little sweeter for me.

Home. Health. Love. Laughter. Life.  2012 was rich indeed.

Now I’m faced with selecting a new word. 2013 is here.

word for 2013

Strength.  And yes, my focus for the new word is almost identical to last year.

Strength for Home

I have so many goals and plans for our little home that I’m quite frankly a tad overwhelmed.  I already know that I can’t do it all, but I can do some.  My hopes and dreams to continue to simplify the clutter and create a beautiful haven are surfacing.  They’re bubbling just beneath all of the Christmas decorations and packaging.  I’m working on a new series for 2013 that is all about home organization and cleaning and I. am. excited.  I didn’t knock out much of my 2012 Home Goals list, but this year I’m going to try harder.  And not procrastinate.  Help me, ok?

Strength to Love

I am wild about my Hubs and we have a tremendous, awesome marriage.  However, in 2013, I want to love him more, to be a better wife.  I want our kids to know what true love looks like…through us.  We all know how busy the holidays get to be and sadly, our 3T evening (Time Together Thursday) was one of the first things that fell by the wayside.  I want to make it more of a priority in the coming year. More date nights, more books to read together, more love notes to write.  Yes, I admit it.  I am undeniably a romantic.

Strength for Motherhood

Who said that parenting was easy?  Not a parent, I am sure.  During these early and oh-so-formative years, it’s incredibly easy to become weary. Really weary.  But at the end of the day, it warms your heart to know that Bunny conquered her persuasive essay and Fuzz mastered a song on the piano. Yes, there were tears along the way-theirs and mine sometimes- but we did it.  It’s called training. Growing. Developing. I look forward to the joys of parenting in 2013. There will certainly be bad days and naughty moments ahead, but the good days far overshadow any difficult and trying times of motherhood. I’m excited about the memories that we will make, the smiles that we will share, and the laughter that we will enjoy. Raising children may not always be easy- true, but it is definitely a wonderful blessing.

Strength for Life

During the past year, we made numerous changes in our lifestyle. It’s been all about baby steps on our journey towards healthy living. It’s been fun.  I truly have enjoyed it. I will have to admit that I spent more time in the kitchen, making things from scratch and doing dishes, but I don’t mind. I also spent quite a bit of time purging our closets and cabinets of products that we no longer chose to use. It was a good feeling. I’d like to work on better meal planning and cooking ahead as well as incorporating even more nontoxic products and cleaners. You’ll help encourage me in this endeavor, right?
Exercise is right up there with the continued healthy eating habits and green cleaning.  Like countless others at the beginning of a new year, eating and exercise rank pretty high on the list. We all want to live life to its fullest and taking care of ourselves in vital.  Ultimately we know that God is in control of all our lives but I am determined to do my part in maintaining my health and that of my family.

I’m really excited about this word. I desire to be a stronger person in 2013. And when my strength is limited and is no longer enough, I know that I will find grace and strength in my faith and family.


{I also just like saying it. }  😉


Have you ever picked a word to focus on for a new year?  Why not try it for 2013?  It’s not too late to join in on the fun and inspiration. Share your word or perhaps just your hopes and dreams for 2013.  Let’s encourage each other.


2012 Highlights

Greetings to one and all!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas with loved ones.  We were blessed to have enjoyed a white Christmas with Hubs’ family. It was beautiful. Our girls have had many, many snowball fights with their aunt and uncles and built a tiny snowman.  After having a snowless winter last year, this was really special for them. God sometimes answers even the tiny wishes of our hearts, doesn’t He?

I cannot believe that 2013 is already here.  2012 flew by in so many ways and yet in others, it seemed very long.  Did you feel that way?

Today I’m going to share a recap of  highlights from 2012. Join me for a quick stroll down memory lane of popular posts of 2012.  🙂

1) I began the year with my Word for 2012 post. Do you remember that? Long time ago, huh?!  I’ve thought about that post often throughout this past year.  Gifts.  It was a tremendous word to reflect on over the past months. It was not always easy to see things as a gift, as something that was for my good. But in hindsight, I have peace and rest in the grace that God has been and still is working in my life.  My faith was tested just a few short weeks later after writing that post when I miscarried our baby at three months.  Half of a year passed before I was able to share my heart’s secret in a letter. Nearly six more months have slipped by and I still tear up at times.  However I truly do thank God for the gift of that little one in my life and for the overwhelming love of my husband and family.

What gifts were you given last year?  Did you struggle with any of them?

2)  “O” storage for the kitchen has been a lifesaver for us.  I love having it easily available on the kitchen counter and it has been filled with more than Cheerios over the past year.  Golden grahams was a really special treat and of course, goldfish is an absolute staple.


3) My easy dinner rolls is not only a family favorite but also has been very popular for my readers.  It is so incredibly delicious and simple to make.  If you have not tried them, you really should.  I plan on making several batches over the next few days and freezing them for quick and easy dinners.


4) I absolutely love these wraps.  Oh, so good.  They are on my to-make list again for this next week.  Yummo.


5) Easy and safe was the motto on my quest for jewelry cleaner.  This recipe fit the bill for sure.


6) I fell in love with mini pumpkins this fall when I made this wreath for my door.  What’s not to love when it comes to adorable, petite reminders of fall?!


7) My journey for cleaner eating began earlier this year.  We had already made several changes in our home over the past two years or so and we were continuing to press forward to a healthier lifestyle.  Following the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen was definitely a new experience for me. It has revolutionized the way I purchase my fruits and veggies.


8) I’m still using my homemade furniture polish and I love it.  Buff, buff, buff is the key to success.  Knowing exactly what was used on my furniture makes this momma happy.


9) For the holidays, I compiled a few of my favorite homemade Christmas ornaments into one post.  Having your faves all together makes life easier, does it not?  I need to follow the same rule of thumb in other areas of my home. ha!


10) Last, but certainly not least, I finally made my PB knock off poinsettia pillow.  It has been WILDLY popular and was by far my most viewed post of 2012.  Guess what?  I love it too. I’m really looking forward to removing the pillow insert and folding my pillow cover flat when I store it in the attic.  What a space saver that zipper makes!


I enjoyed going back through the archives and browsing through past recipes and projects.  So fun.  It made me excited about the new adventures in 2013.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share my Word for 2013…so stay tuned.

Happy New Year and thanks for reading.

Day 25: Homemade Memories

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Today was another gorgeous fall day, so gorgeous in fact, that we surprised the kids with a school field trip after lunch.


The pumpkin patch.  I’ve been itching to go ever since I made this for our front door.

So follow us (or should I say Pop) on a pictorial tour of the pumpkin patch.

Here we go…


corn box

Their corn box was my favorite.  It was the coolest thing.  So cool that Hubs and I may have both gotten in to play with the kids.  Just maybe.

 You just wanted to sink right in.  Aren’t those the cutest corn toes ever?!

Pop took his time in the corn very seriously.

Zip loved it.  She didn’t want to leave.  Can you find her “hiding” in the corn in the picture below?


 The long-awaited pumpkin patch.  🙂

The kids kept us hopping all day long.

At the end of the day, we had had a blast.  I don’t think that I had ever been to one quite like this one.  They had gem mining, a petting zoo, several mazes, a jumping pillow, pony rides, a giant mountain slide, a corn box, a sand box, a hay jump, a train, bouncy houses, a fort, a teepee, wagon rides, and of course, the pumpkin patch.

We came home hot and tired, but filled to brim with happy memories.  It was a good day.

How about you?  What fall memories have you made?  Been to a great pumpkin patch yet? Share.

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He Said Please

Yesterday marked ten years.

What began as an innocent birthday party for my boyfriend ended as one of the most precious days of my life.

7-8-02 will always be special.

The man of my dreams was on one knee before me.

He said “marry me please”.

I said “yes”.

For the past decade.  For the rest of my life.

Happy Monday.  (How long has it been since your sweetie proposed?)