2019: A year in review
Happy 2020!! We have been very busy with extended family in town for the holidays. It has been loud, crazy but totally worth it. The kids have been having the most fun with their cousins and we are really soaking up all the quality time we have with them. I started a Christmas post but never had time to finish it so I decided to do a full year in review instead. I know that the holidays can be full of joy and excitement but it can also be filled with sadness, loss and stress. I hope that you were able to find joy in the small moments and find rest when you needed it.
Here are a few photos from our family wishing you a very happy new year.
I love comparing the kids each year and they have grown up so much in one year. Our oldest is pretty much my height now.
We will be celebrating 17 years of marriage in 2020!!
Most of our photos are more like this. ;D
As I look back on 2019, I am filled with a tremendous amount of gratitude. It was a milestone year for me as I turned 40, ran a marathon with one of my best friends and continued to grow my little business. I don’t want any of these things to sound like boasting. Honestly, none of these things would be possible if it weren’t for Jesus. Every good thing is from him and him alone. I’m thankful for the opportunity to use this tiny part of the internet to share my love for home with you all.
In 2019, we competed in a room makeover using Jeffrey Court tiles and we won 1st place! We still can’t believe we won. Jimmy and I gained a ton of new DIY skills, survived an eye and toe accident and fell in love with our new master bathroom.
We continued to foster respite kids. We just got recertified again for another year!
We went on a beach vacation with my sister’s family.
I attended my 4th Haven conference where I was a mentor and speaker for the first time.
I continued to partner with some amazing brands and gained new skills with a variety of tools.
I took some risks like painting my backsplash black. A lot of you thought I was crazy but ended up loving it.
I am so glad I did this!
I continued to share my favorite recipes with you all like this 3 ingredient pumpkin bread.
I turned 40 and celebrated with an amazing group of friends. My girlfriends totally surprised me by flying my sister in. She jumped out of a large box and scared the bejesus out of me! I did the whole ugly cry and it was totally epic.
I’m so thankful for my sweet Jimmy. I hate to sound cheesy but I love him more and more each year if that was even possible. He makes me a better wife, mother and person.
I felt so loved celebrating with such an amazing group of people.
Aside from the age spots and my vision getting worse, 4o has been awesome!
We went to Turks and Caicos with some of our best friends. Jennifer and I celebrated turning 40 together in one of the most beautiful resorts.
The same Jennifer and I had trained all summer for our first marathon. We survived heat strokes, rocks thrown at us, vomiting, nausea, an awful fall with a bruised face, terrible muscle aches, toenails falling off and so many other fun things! Why did we torture ourselves like this? We are both enneagram 3s so that probably has something to do with it. Next to natural child birth, this was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Our families drown down with us to Savannah where they cheered us on. JJ’s poster says, “shoud’ve pooped before.” LOL! We heard many horror stories of runners pooping their pants and I’m happy to report that we were free of any such incidents.
I made us some custom tanks using my beloved Cricut.
Savannah is a beautiful city and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Jimmy and Mike will run a marathon next month and Jennifer and I will run the half so we can cheer them on.
There were so many other projects and events that took place in 2019 but these were some of my favorite highlights. I also wanted to take the time to thank you all. You reading, liking, commenting and supporting the blog and all of my social media channels is the reason why I get to do what I do. All of these fun opportunities would not exist if I didn’t have your support. I hope and pray that this blog continues to serve as a place of inspiration for you. Here’s to growing, learning new things and pushing ourselves in 2020.
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14