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Saying Goodbye to 2014

For the past year, I have kept a memory jar of our 2014 year. A new tradition I would love to keep for years to come. Basically, every time we received good news or did something fun or wanted to remember a good day, I would write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the jar.



On New Year’s Eve, we sat by the fire and read all the notes.

It was so much fun to sit and reminisce about all our experiences in 2014. And to think about the ones who helped us make these memories as well.

Some highlights of our year:

  • Celebrated our 28th birthdays
  • Cruise to the Bahamas
  • Summer Concert
  • San Francisco
  • 10 Year High School Reunion
  • Wags to Riches Gala
  • Wine and Dine Party
  • Sharing life with our small group
  • Family dinners and get-togethers

And many more great memories! This really helped us slow down and think about each memory. It was wonderful to see how God has truly blessed us – with joy, health, friends and family.

The word I picked for 2014 was change. I believe we have done just that. We have explored new places, experienced new things and have made wonderful new friends. We have changed and grown so much this year. We have learned to view the world and our lives in new ways. We have leaned on each other more, appreciated each other more and supported each other more this year; helping us to become even closer together and with God.

I look forward to see what God has in store for us in 2015! Happy New Year!

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Our Christmas

I know this is a bit late, but I have been under the weather all week. So I have not had the energy to do much of anything, but I’m feeling better!

We had a busy, fun filled Christmas this year. We celebrated Christmas with both my family and Randy’s family.

We spent Christmas Eve and Day with my family. My family met for a Christmas dinner at my grandparents’ house, a tradition that we have had for as long as I remember.

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Photo Courtesy of my Aunt Sharon




Photo Courtesy of my Aunt Sharon


And while the girls cooked, the boys played. 😉


After spending time with my family for Christmas, we rushed back home to prepare Christmas at our house with Randy’s family.

I love my mantle this year. Thanks to my mom for providing the cypress pieces!

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We opened presents, played card games and of course, enjoyed good food! 😉

And our pets joined in on the fun as well. Well, Tesla hid behind Randy, but she was there. 🙂

We had a marvelous time with our families. It was an absolute joy to host Christmas this year and I look forward to doing it again. I hope everyone had the happiest Christmas with the ones you love!