So Long, Farewell, See You Next Year!

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I’ve read at least 3 comments, blogs and Instagrams about people being glad to see 2013 come to a close. Glad to know I’m not alone!  But I suppose you should never wish away a trial as it is the only true way to grown your faith. Let’s walk into this new year with our heads held high, shall we?

I just took a mini cat nap.  Hopefully it will help me make it to midnight.  I plan to start drinking the bubbly at 5:00 just in case. Never want to miss an opportunity for champagne! 

Cheers and Love and Happy New Year!

Gold Nails = Instant Fancy!

I have been painting my nails since the first week of December. I had some free time on our anniversary weekend and decided to paint one morning when I had nothing to do and no babies. *Bliss* It made me realize how much I love having my nails painted and how awesome it is!
While in Target Sunday I decided to get some celebratory polish for NYE. Why not go gold?! It will also work for the Winter Olympics! Nicole by OPI has this great color called The Next CEO.

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Maybe it’s my name or maybe the title or maybe I just love gold nail polish and didn’t even know. Whatever, it is making my world a little fancier today. I’m wearing crummy clothes, did not wash my hair and I still feel like I have something special going on.
Who knew nail polish could change a girl’s world?! Maybe it’s looking down at your hands and having a reminder that you did something special for yourself?
Whatever it is, I like it! And my nails will match my champagne perfectly tonight! Hope I make it until midnight!

A resolution… Paint my nails and choose amazing colors!

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Twenty thirteen.  It was a tough year.  It was a learning year.  It was a growing year.

I won’t hash out all the details but here are some highlights… I stressed and struggled learning to be a Mom of two.  I spent about 5 months going through ultrasounds, aspirations and a biopsy proving that the dense breast tissue I have in my right breast is not breast cancer. Overcoming fear is still a work in progress. Ben works a job surrounded by amazing people but in an industry he is learning from scratch.  While he loves owning beef cows, he is in growing pains of whether to continue to grow the herd or downsize a little.  And we moved… again.

So life wasn’t where we thought it would be in 2013, but it was where God put us.  And in it some really awesome things happened.

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Amelia started Pre-K and she loves it!

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She turned 4!

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Annie turned 1!

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And learned to walk (and as of lately, talk!)

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In April Ben and I moved the girls to The Ponderosa.  To the original home place on his parents land and are slowly making it our home.

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Me and this guy… we celebrated 7 years of marriage this year.  And we have been doing our best to keep our heads above water.  Thank goodness we love each other because this year has kicked us around a little.  In sickness and health, good times or bad, richer or poor, we do!

We have struggled, screamed, cried, prayed and loved.  We have found a new church and a new faith.  Day by day friends, day by day!

Twenty Fourteen.  I CAN NOT WAIT!  The girls and I seem to be on a new page and are turning a corner.  My man and I, we are just fine.  And my faith, it’s growing by leaps and bounds (some days a small skip).  I have declared 2014 to be an Intentional Year.  I do not do well when things are in disarray.  No more putting out fires and flying by the seat of our pants.  Ok, so I know that will happen but hopefully much less. My plan is to be more intentional with everything.  Big things. Little things.  Reading books, looking my children in the eyes, playing with them not existing around them, painting my nails, loving on my husband, sticking to a budget, cooking dinner, having a plan and getting to know my Savior.  And laundry, Lord knows I need to find a way to keep up with laundry!

Our pastor shared this verse Sunday which goes hand in hand with my motto. Coincidence?  I think not!

John 15:2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

So that is a little insight to where we came from.  Let’s see where we go.  I’m excited and hopeful!