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Wow! Where has the last couple of weeks gone? I feel like they have just flown by!

Happy New Year!! I hope your year is full of new adventures, lessons to learn, growing pains and beauty. I pray you and your family will be blessed and that you will grow in Him as 2013 passes.

We had a wonderful holiday together. We had an unexpected house guest, which was such a blessing to not only me, but also to my hubby and little Gray.

Our Christmas was spent surrounded by those we love. We were very spoiled, not only gift wise, but also with kindness and laughter. Christmas Eve, we enjoyed a thoughtful Church service, starting off the holiday with a reminder of what Christmas is really about. We were able to fellowship with our family. Christmas day was spent much the same, a beautiful meal and time, well spent.

Our New Year was rung in with our house full of our friends. We played games and ate way too much food. There were littles who were up way past their bedtime, Mama’s who giggled as they had to march them back up the stairs. Guys (not talking with inside voices) visiting with one another, talking of memories past and plans for the future.

We also had the privilege of dedicating our son to Christ, in our own home, with a Pastor who means a lot to our family. One day after he turned two we had great-Grandparents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles over to dedicate and of course eat cake in celebration of our little boy growing (much too fast)! It was a blessed evening.

As 2013 starts, lots of us will be making New Years resolutions and striving to change our lives or the lives of others. There will be weight loss, healthy eating, maybe some new skills to learn or a hobby to pick up. Exciting stuff! A new year, a fresh start.

I am not a resolution type of person. It’s not because I don’t have changes to make, I just don’t want to set myself up to fail. I do have a long list of things to do or change, but those go on and adjust throughout the year.

For me, it is a wonderful opportunity to look back and to discover what did happen this year. How I was impacted, how I changed and grew.

I feel as though this year was practice. You know, a little like playing t-ball. Do you remember t-ball? My brother played it when we were young. Your ball sits on a stand and you use your bat to hit it. Same concept as baseball but the stand provides help while learning. That was my year.

Learning.

I feel ready for the full-blown game this year. Ready to jump in full force and see what He has in store for us.

So, how did I learn? Trials I suppose. Pain, I guess. I could focus on the pain, but because I am a “half glass full” kind of girl I will focus on what the pain did. It made me more aware of who I am. I became more cognizant of life and the fragility of it.

I lost my innocence this year. I am no longer naively joyful. This may sound sad. And it took awhile to realize that although in a way it is sad, I am so much stronger when I am searching for Him.

I am joyful with a purpose.

Our son is a whole year older, what a blessing he is. He is curious and bright. I find him laughing at books and playing pretend with his new kitchen. Somehow he is now counting to ten, all on his own. He has learned most of the primary colors. He has bonded with dear dog, looking for him when he wakes up. Excited to open the door and see him when we arrive home after being away. He knows his grandparents and is so excited when he gets to see them. And he is a true boy. Cars and trucks are his thing, he cannot get enough!

Watching him grow has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

My husband. What a blessing and a purpose he serves in my life. He is helpful and sweet. Making choices all day, just to ensure I am at my happiest! He has a zest for life and a great sense of humor. Rolling his eyes when I need help with another project. Smirking as I devise plans to organize or change this and that. He is an admirable father. I knew he would be good with Gray, but he has blown me away. He has so much grace and affection for our little boy. That has made me fall in love with him all over again.

One of the biggest impacts in my life this year has also been the change in relationships. Some of my relationships had blurred lines before this year. They have become less blurry and more black and white. My friends have changed, the gap has widened in some places and lessened in others. And in the most unexpected places I have found support. Making new friends, finding solace in their kind words. Creating stronger relationships with “old” friends, becoming transparent and honest. You know who you girls are and I so love and cherish you.

I so love and appreciate my parents, my Mom and Dad are always there for me, for us. My Mom and I have always been close, but trials often bring people closer and I could not imagine my life without her in my corner. Hubs parents have always treated me as their own. I so appreciate the love that they have for me and for the support they show us continually.

Our life is so much richer because of our parents.

This was a lot more long-winded than I ever anticipated, hopefully I did not bore you! Maybe I don’t have a resolution per se, but I can promise you there are changes coming!

Finding encouragement from other bloggers and reading a post about the responsibility of a Christian blogger. This blog will be changing and I will try to be more transparent with you, in order to serve and worship. I hope we can all grow together and I pray as I share me with you, we can develop a safe and honest place to be ourselves.

And to start off 2013 I will put my faith in Him and remember,
“when you are down to nothing, God is up to something.”