Saying goodbye to The Year of the Baby


Nothing makes a year fly by like the presence of a baby. One year ago, I had just announced that I was pregnant and now I've got the most gorgeous 17-pound butterball to cuddle. There are some lovely 2013 photo link-ups right now but I don't have time to play since that same butterball is currently  burning up with fever. I'm just going to do a harried photo dump and try to do it with some sort of lovely order. Pretend I'm being artistic and it will all work out.

2013
The Year of the Baby
{and other things} 

... marked my first baby bump selfie in a public restroom...

... saw my kids continue to grow and love and ride like the wind...

... brought the beginning of significant changes to domestic dwelling (after pics to come in 2014)...

... saw me grow...

... and grow... 
...and take my second baby bump selfie in a public bathroom on the Appalachian Trail...

...and marvel at the treasure within my home.

 2013 breathed new life into our family...

... and watched us swim in grace...

... and stand up for Life...

... and serve at the altar of the God of all creation Who loves us so faithfully and passionately.

The year brought us to new places and introduced us to new people...

... and to new joy and laughter, suffering and trial, gently measured by God's gentle hand.

We saw beauty grow...

... and swell...

... and jump the banks.

2013 taught us how to reach deeply...

... to cherish more attentively...

... to submit to the blessings of vocation...

...and to fall...

...fall...

...fall in love.

As we say goodbye to the old year, we eagerly embrace the new and we joyfully anticipate the next adventure that God has planned for us.

Now, it's time to get back to my feverish baby, sink full of dishes, couch full of laundry, road full of speed bumps. It is tempting to see it as the "same old, same old" but I won't fall prey to those poisonous thoughts today. Because the truth is that it is the greatest of privileges to serve in His name. Nothing has brought me greater earthly happiness and no other context will bring me greater hope for eternal salvation. Let us go forward joyfully, singing songs of praise and thanksgiving...

... ready to give Him everything all over again. 

Blessed be God!
Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1, 2014 and filed under "2013", "Baby", "New Year".