Monday, January 6, 2014

A Year of Goodness

It's a new year. 2013 is gone and 2014 has already come in full force.

In fact, 2014 has come in with such a force that I feel I still haven't had time to sit back and do the typical New Year's 'thing' by looking back on where 2013 has brought us.

I think the best way to look back and reflect on a year is through pictures. Usually I'm a picture fanatic...but I'm incredibly disappointed with myself this year. I didn't create even one Facebook photo album this year... Now obviously Facebook does not define my year in pictures, but seriously that's disappointing.

Anyways, we experienced a lot in 2013. It was the year for a lot of things...

Jarrod's 'Deer Fever' kicked in full force.

We got 2nd place in our church's chili cook-off! We are going for first this year!!

We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary by being snowed in. So instead of a nice dinner to our favorite restaurant in Madison, we enjoyed dinner right here in town.

We discovered the love of growing our own food. There's something fun about making a salad with ingredients directly from your backyard.

Jarrod and I celebrated our tenth dating anniversary in the mountains of Kentucky while leading high school students on a missions trip. Yep....our true selves came out. :)

Spent a week in Door County, Wisconsin, soaking in nature, quiet, and each other.

We ran our first ever 5K!

We announced our adoption to friends and family and were BLOWN AWAY by the support and love we received.

Drove (yes, drove) to Atlanta, Georgia in one day for a stunning wedding! In fact, it was the first wedding that my handsome hubby officiated!

Took a week off of life and allowed our marriage to be ministered to surrounded by several other youth pastors and their wives.

 And we ended our year celebrating God's goodness in helping us as we prepare to fund our adoption. We were so humbled and blown away by the support that we received at our fundraiser in December.

The craziest part is that no matter how "well" these pictures help you (or I, for that matter) process through our year, there is so much left untold. There were so many moments that the camera couldn't touch and so many emotions that a picture would never encapsulate. 

However, earlier this week I came across an image that, in just a few short words, was able to capture every moment that happened in 2013. In it's simplicity, these words held the weight of every tear, every laugh, every hug, every sleepless night and nights of endless peace. These words glued together all the broken pieces that 2013 left and turned them into something beautiful. These words offered me a view that only they could provide....

"You crown the year with your goodness..."

If that statement isn't true of God, then I don't know what is.

Although 2013 was a year unlike any that I had planned for, God's goodness broke the chains and reigned victorious over it all.

It is for that reason that I can confidently enter 2014 with a peace and joy in my heart that no human reason could explain. I can have assurance in the fact that God can handle anything the year throws at me. And not only does it handle it, he crowns it with goodness.

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