Finally letting go of 2014… Bring on 2015!

2015SO yes, I do realize we are now THREE weeks into the new year. I promise we celebrated New Year’s eve with the rest of the world. It’s just that 2014 was so ridiculously amazing that I wanted to revel in it a little longer. I thought once I put the Christmas tree away, 2014 could be packed up alongside it. As it turns out, I’ve really been having a tough time letting 2014 go ( insert Idina Menzel singing here).

Vacation 2014 collage

2014 brought us more opportunities to travel. No matter if it’s was for business or leisure, we love to travel! We had the opportunity to travel and enjoy some amazing vacations last year. A family trip to Myrtle Beach, a girls getaway to Vegas, a family staycation at the Gaylord Texan and quite possibly the best couples trip I have ever experienced with #BeachesMoms at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

Our career paths took some amazing plot twists too. Randall accepted a new position leading us to Austin, TX. Although we absolutely adore it here it now, it was bittersweet leaving Waxahachie,Texas which had become our family “hometown”. It was a whirlwind move between institutes and conferences all over the country for Randall.  My pursuits took me to a few places before and after our move as well. In July, I traveled solo to NYC for Blogger Bash. That was an incredible experience and one I will never forget. I made some amazing friendships and great business partnerships. After moving to Austin, I went on a small roadtrip to Galveston to attend Blog Elevated and connected with even more Texas bloggers in my community.

Neighborhood Collage

Our move blessed us with our beautiful new home and an even greater community. There was no way of knowing the incredible friendships that would be waiting for us in our new neighborhood. Right on our own street. Our new neighbors have become friends like family. We support and celebrate each other. To say the least, they have become “our village”.

But as they say, the show must go on. While I loved so much about 2014, I’ve caught a few glimpses that have already assured me 2015 will hold some pretty big adventures of its own. So here we go…ready or not….

One more thing…… Thanks for being along for the ride of 2014 and I hope 2015 will mean we will get to go on some adventures together. It means the world to us that you are here.

 

 

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014! Reflection & Encouragement for the New Year

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on 2013. Its been a great year for our family, chock full of its share of ups & downs, crazy-as- always , lots of laughter, and adventures. 2013 was definitely an accurate reflection of who we all were at this time. In this post I want including some pictures and  video compilations I gathered of some of those fun times. We are looking forward to creating some even better moments and new adventures in 2014.

So….. what if  2013 hasn’t been your best year? In 2013, you may have lost loved ones and are facing a new year alone.  You may have experienced financial difficulties making it hard to place any new dreams in a new year. Maybe you are simply so discouraged because 2013 didn’t meet all the expectations you were hoping for this time last year. You may feel like the coming days of 2014 will be no different. I want to take this moment to offer you some encouragement for 2014.

First,  if 2013 wasn’t so great for you, I  want to tell you that I understand where you are coming from. There were some moments of 2013 (not pictured of course) that brought me to tears. There were some moments that brought me to the place of brokenness. I am by nature a “fixer”. If I see a problem, my natural instinct is to problem solve and repair the situation as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Well, 2013 brought me some things I couldn’t fix. Frustration to the MAX (- insert tears and brokenness here). What got me(us) through those tough moments of 2013 was my faith, firmly believing that because God holds all of my days, He already knew my situations( Psalm 139) and that He was working things out on my behalf( Isaiah 64:1-4).

While my  faith in God to work on my behalf held me together and released my mind and heart of the struggle while the situations transitioned, they were not immediately “fixed”. In fact some of these moments are still transitioning into 2014. What I learned from these moments (and expect to carry me through 2014 & the rest of my lifetime) is that I don’t have to fix it. There is someone who loves us enough, even as adults, to protect, provide, and “fix it”. What a relief, y’all. Your struggle of 2013 may be very real but our God is awesome. He CAN move mountains and  hide you from the rain. He heals you when you are broken and gives strength where you’ve been weakened.

There is hope for a wonderful 2014! The Savior of the whole world is working on your behalf. Your situations matter to Him. You don’t have to worry about fixing it anymore. I encourage you to let go of any anxiety or worry for 2014 and be comforted knowing that while it may be unseen, God is intervening. He’s working on your behalf.

I love this facebook post from Ann Voskamp today :

Hey Soul? Last day of the year… and the New Year all like a white sheet of clean paper. Don’t be afraid that you’ll mess it up. That’s why He came down. In Him, whatever goes bad, He’ll work it for good. It’s what God does. *You can’t be undone.* So it’s the year of No Fear. *The future is as bright as the faithfulness of God.* He turned water into wine; He will turn the broken into beautiful. God’s *line of work* is *transformations* — so hold on to Him as your *lifeline.*

“…don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new… There it is! I’m making a road through the desert.” (Isa. 43:18 MSG) In unlikely places, God is always making unbelieveable roads… believe it. So go face the New Year with joy — God’s got your back.