Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Be Happy & Smile Because It Happened

I am excited about 2014.
Why should I not be?
As a daughter of the true and living King, what do I have to worry about?
That is why my "word" of the year is happy.
One thing I learned in 2013, but have had a difficult time applying to my that
happiness is a mindset.
We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.
This year I am going to chose to be happy, regardless of the circumstances.
And I am able to do that because my hope is in Christ.
It is definitely not something of this world.

No one has a perfect life.
Anyone can dwell on the not so fabulous parts of life.
In fact, I think that is a way Satan tends to bring us down and rob us of our joy.
And my sweet Mr. reminds me of this...oh, daily.
(He's a keeper)
To kick the new year off, I am linking up with hundreds of other bloggers by answering the following questions:
1. What is something you want to change, or a goal you want to set for the New Year & what is your plan for making it happen?
I want to start cooking more, daily prayer and bible stories with Cam, maintaining a budget (aka saving money), and finding a way to be active every day...and last but not least: do the things that "make my soul...(yep you guessed it.) happy
2. Many people chose a word to reflect on, live by or aspire to for the New Year. Let us know your word, how you decided upon it & how you plan to incorporate it into 2014.
"Happy."  I shared my decision upon this word at the top:)
3. I will make 2014 count by...being present.  I don't want to wish the time away as I always find myself doing.  There is always an "I can't wait" situation that has me wishing the time away...
 I can't ever get back those moments. 

Anyone can also share on Instagram or twitter by using hashtag #making2014count,
or visiting In Honor of Design to link up and join:)
Before we get too far into the new year...I would like to highlight 2013, because we did welcome one of the biggest blessings of our life into this world last year.  I think that deserves some recognition:)
In January, we celebrated the Mr's 24th Birthday and I began my last semester of grad school with a huge baby bump tagging along:)

In February, we did a lot of nesting, check our nesting projects out here, and our sweet family hosted our first baby shower.  Everyone made it so special...
In March, I celebrated my 25th birthday and little did we know...that our most precious blessing would make his grand appearence on the 22nd.  Never did we know such love until this day.  He is the sunshine of my life (though a huge snow storm came the day after he was born!) and gave my life a new purpose. 
Fun Fact: We also celebrated Cam's first holiday soon after...Easter:)

In April, I completed my Masters Project and attended my LAST day of grad school!  Bye bye speeches and research papers!

In May, I graduated and secured my first job...celebrated my first Mother's Day and finally got to enjoy a little stress free time with Cam.
In June, Cam and I took off for Nashville and Memphis, TN...his first roadtrip:)

In July, I began my first job and we said goodbye to our Great Dane, Zack.  We miss him so much.

In August, we got excited for fall and began scrounging up all the pumpkins, orange, and Halloween Movies we could find!  Cam also began trying baby foods, while his belly has been busy growing ever since...
In September, we lost Penny.  And things haven't been the same since.
In October, we went to the Pumpkin Patch, took a hayride, carved Cam's very first pumpkin and played in the leaves.

We dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and Baby Werewolf  for Halloween and embarked on a not so perfect first evening of Trick-or-Treating.
In November, we stuffed our faces with thankful hearts and watched Snoopy as he made his way down the streets of NYC in the Macy's Thanksgivings Day parade.  We also said goodbye to our Boston Terrier Ickers:/
In December, we celebrated Jesus's Birthday, Cam's FIRST CHRISTMAS and Cam got to be a donkey in the nativity for his first Christmas play...we had a blast!

I will cherish this year, the lessons it taught, and the joy God gave for the rest of my life.