Little Miracles

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

2013 Rewind

on January 1, 2014

So when I think back on the past year, my mind is blown that it’s only been a year! It seems like last January was 2 or 3 years ago. There have been so many things that have happened in the past year. I decided to pick a handful of the most memorable highlights of the past year to share with you.

1. In January I got to teach for a math teacher at North Buncombe while she was on a long maternity leave. While math is not my favorite subject by a long shot, I loved the kids I taught and I greatly enjoyed getting to be a part of their everyday lives.

2. At the end of May we went to Uganda. I fell in love with the district of Palisa and the amazing people that live there. We are currently looking forward to the next time God allows us to be with Samuel and Mercy, serving alongside them.

3. In August, we moved to Fort Worth, Texas in order for Ben to attend seminary. God graciously blessed me with a job working in the library on the campus of the seminary. Life here is good and we have been able to settle in quickly. When I think about how long we’ve been here, it seems so weird. On one hand, it seems crazy that Ben has already completed one full semester of classes. On the other hand though, life here seems so normal that it feels like we’ve lived here much longer than we actually have.

4. In September my best friend got engaged! I can’t wait for her wedding this summer! I’m still so excited for her that I can hardly stand myself whenever I think about it or talk to her!

5. After almost 5 months, it was fantastic to get to see my family again. I miss them greatly and while I am thankful for the life God has given Ben and I in Fort Worth, it was amazing to get to spend time with my family when we went back to North Carolina for Christmas.

Those little, random things that make our hearts happy

  • I finally read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and reread one of my favorite books of all time, Spindle’s End by Robin Mckinnley.
  • I started reading through the Old Testament at some point towards the end of the summer last year.  As a result, I’ve learned a lot that I didn’t know this year during my quiet times.
  • I’ve been trying this year to teach myself to be a little bit crafty and have made a few decorations for our apartment.
  • While we don’t have access to it anymore, for the 2-3 months that we lived down Barnardsville Highway we loved the Craggy View farmstand. If you have access to it, check it out this summer, it is fabulous!

Favorite things in 2013

  • Favorite movie: Frozen was my favorite movie that came out this year. Despicable Me 2 was a very close second but I was just blown away by Frozen.
  • Favorite new group: I found the Rend Collective Experiment, as did a lot of people, this year. I love their style and I really enjoy their lyrics.
  • Favorite song: Ready or Not by Brit Nicole that features Lecrae has been my jam since I heard it this summer. I’m still loving it!
  • Favorite new restaurant: We found a Mexican restaurant here called Abuelo’s, and let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC!

I’m praising God for…

  • My husband, my Mom, Dad, Brother, Haley, friends from North Carolina, new friends from Uganda, and new friends that live in Fort Worth.
  • Blessing us with the opportunity to move to Fort Worth, TX and start our own new phase of life.
  • Taking care of us while we were in and traveling to and from Uganda, and the chance to go to that amazing country.
  • 19 months of marriage.  19 months of learning, stretching, growing, loving, and all that comes with marriage.

This year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve decided to set goals for myself to meet by the end of 2014

1.      Exercise at least 3 times a week.  Along with that and eating better, lose 30 pounds by this time next year.

2.      Finish the Old Testament and study Revelation and the other apocalyptic writings.

3.      Whine less and give thanks more.

4.      Start a sponsorship program for children living near Samuel and Mercy in Uganda.

5.      Open our home to our friends on a regular basis.  I want to make sure this year that our home is a place that our friends want to be and feel at home themselves.


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