looking back at 2013

8:03 AM

Another year has come to a close and it's time to look back. I was pulling photos together one night last week and as I went through them I was kind of blown away by just how wonderful of a year it has been. So many blessings and so much joy. And yet of course these photos don't capture the low points of which there were a few - the tears, the disappointments, the fears and fights. I truly believe however, that it is always those lows that help us truly appreciate the highs. Our family motto has kind of become to find a way to have fun in any situation. Some months have required us to get really creative about "fun" and some months we were blessed and it was easy. Through it all God lead us and provided for us even when our lack of faith made us undeserving of it. 
As we look forward to the new year there is a lot of uncertainty for us, many questions and few answers. A lot of what we worked on as a couple this past year is due to bear fruit and not knowing just what kind of fruit it will be is terrifying at times. However, we will start the year the only way we know how - to trust that God knows what is best for us and will guide us towards the door that is meant for us. 
As for this space, I'll be honest with you I have no grandiose plans--I never do. My goal has never been to "generate content" or "increase traffic," I've been there and done that and it just isn't for me. This space is simply me sharing my family's life organically. We're not perfect, we certainly don't know what we're doing half the time and we're learning every step of the way but if in some way I am able to make you smile, connect with you or simply make you feel understood then I go to bed very happy. In the end, I believe that you bring much more to the table than I do. You will never know how much your words of kindness and support have meant to us. And so for that I thank you. Thank you for coming here and in this small way becoming a part of our family too. 

^ papa bear went back to work and we all missed him terribly ^


February was a quiet month. We just took time to settle into a routine as a family. The rocking, bathing, feeding, sleeping routine that has become the only way we know how to live.




^ requisite family beach shoot ^

^ the month Birdie learned how to crawl (mama & papa were thrilled!) ^




^ we went to new york city for our 5 year anniversary ^
^ lots and lots of leaf photos were accumulated in november ^


I wish you all the very best in this new year. May you be blessed and most of all may you be happy. Sending you our love!!


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  1. Isnt it amazing what a year encompasses? Its always fun to look back at what we've done, where we've gone and even reflect on the trials and struggles. Happy New Year to your beautiful family:)

    1. Yes!! Looking back is always fun and it makes me grateful that I have this space where I jot down all these memories of our family. Thank you ever so much and wishing you all the very best too!! xo

  2. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog in 2013 and I can't wait to continue following along in 2014. Happy New Year to you and your whole family!! :)

    1. Me too!! Thank you so much for all of your support and kind words. Wishing you all the very best in this new year! xo

  3. oh my, she was so tiny :) i love all these pictures and how expressive she is. hope this coming year is filled with many joys and milestones!

    1. I know!! It's hard to believe that was her! Thank you so much darling! Wishing you the same! xo

  4. what a lovely year you've had! and i'm a july birthday, too!
    happy 2014! xoxo

    1. It really was! :) Oh yay!! I can't wait to find out what else we have in common :) Happy new year to you too darling! xo


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