Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What a Year.

Like most all of us, I'm looking back over the past year and wondering where all the time went.  I'm also profoundly grateful that I started this blog way back when so I can actually look back and SEE where it all went!

2013 was a great year for me.  It was our first full year of marriage, and it's been wonderful.  People say that your first year is your hardest year, but I can't say it was all that difficult for us.  There were a few miscommunications here and there, which we grew and learned through.  But all in all, it's been fantastic.

We traveled to Texas, Chapel Hill/Durham for baseball, Washington, DC and Baltimore, Blowing Rock, Myrtle Beach, and then to Asheville for our one year anniversary.
We got our wedding video and watched it MANY times.

I started to become more comfortable in the kitchen and actually started to enjoy cooking and creating new things.
I lost two of my best friends this year though-- one to some hurt feelings that I still don't fully understand and the other to a career change and move across the country.  They both hurt me deeply, but Donny and I both have made some new wonderful friends through our church and Bible Fellowship class.

I fell in love with The Office, Downton Abbey, and Burn Notice.

I turned 30.  I was anxious about it for a while, but then I got over it and realized it was just the beginning of a grand adventure.
I read 67 books this year, which is more than I've ever read in a year.  I give most of this credit to Michael Connelly, since I read 21 of his books alone this year.
I made some major changes at work that I'm very excited about and conquered new arenas, creating new opportunities for myself.

As wonderful as 2013 has been, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings!


  1. Your wedding video is beautiful! So glad this year has been a great one for you (and you two as a married couple)! 2014 is bound to be that much better! :)

  2. What a fabulous year! I can't believe how many books you managed to read. I need to try to read more this year! Here's to a happy and healthy 2014. Hope I see you in the new year!!

  3. I still want to make that caprese garlic bread. And a few other things. So delicious looking!!!

    Great work on your reading goal :)

    Hope 2014 is just as awesome for you.