Well well well. 2013 has so nonchalantly snuck up on me. I can honestly say 2012 flew by quicker than any of other years of my life. So much has happened, so much has been learned, and so much has been loved. Let’s start with …
My first semester as a full-on education student. Ya know- just making the three little pig puppets for homework. If only all my other homework that semester was that easy.
I had the wonderful opportunity to help one of my favorite bands, Needtobreathe, out at the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa.
Dr. Suess’s birthday, a big day around my work. Kid’s had so much fun learning all about him that month.
Free Jenny + Tyler show at Samford’s coffeehouse- these two are absolutely adorable and create such real music.
Took trips to the lake often during this month- love it out there.
This handsome boy turned 2 and I had the privilege to not only attend his party, but take pictures of all the fun.
After a very strenuous and exhausting semester, my girlfriends and I decided to head up to Chattanooga for a few days of ziplining, eating, and enjoying one of my favorite cities.
One of my sweetest friends got married this month and it was such a beautiful wedding.
Yup. I remember sitting on my bed studying for a summer course I was taking when my dad and stepmom sat me down to give me the marvelous news- I was going to get a baby brother or sister! Such a huge, but wonderful surprise.
What better way to begin your summer thanfishing with your dad?
Twenty-one finally arrived on the 13th! I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday thanks to some pretty amazing friends. I definitely remember feeling overwhelmed by how God has truly blessed me with some wonderful ladies in my life.
Discovered this book by Ann Voskamp called 1,000 Gifts. Read and finished it while I was on my 2nd beach trip of this month. Absolutely fell in love with it and the idea of living a life of eucharisteo- thanksgiving.
I was admitted in TEP (teacher education program) at UAB and began my first semester of TEP classes this month. Needless to say I was rather busy and unfortunately have hardly any pictures. I doubt you want to see a stressed out college student buried in books; however, I did get asked to be in two weddings this month.
The picture below is from my beautiful cousin, Laken’s, bridal tea.
At Sumo’s after being asked to be a part of Haley’s big day in May 2013!
Oh my soul. This was the month I discovered the best burger and fries in B’ham. I also found a place that soon became my favorite and required my weekly attendance- J. Clyde.
Third time’s a charm. Well, I suppose a third tattoo is too. I got it this month- the word ‘eucharisteo’ on my ribs with a feather hovering above the word. The word carries so much meaning in my heart and the way I live- I had to. I had been doodling the word for weeks and pondering the idea of a new tattoo. So, I finally did it and it’s my favorite.
One of the most intimate shows I’ve been to- and it was for a good cause.
Great memories with Jenna, Phillip and Will in B’ham.
Getting closer to the wedding- Laken’s lingerie shower.
It’s a boy!!!
Greek Food Festival.
Milo Greene show at Bottletree.
The Great Pumpkin Patch field trip with the Ivy League kids.
Laken and Ty are married! After the most beautiful wedding I’ve seen.
My best friend turned 22!
Andrew Luke already being spoiled at his baby shower.
My 3 week field experience ended- I was flooded with handwritten cards by the students.
Thanksgiving dinner with the family. Grateful heart.
An amazing weekend trip to Chattanooga. Too many memories to list.
Annual Girls Christmas Party photo booth.
Baby Luke arrived early on December 26th!! How sweet and precious he is- I love him.
I can’t help but smile when I look at all these pictures and think about this past year. Sure there were some downs, but gosh, they sure make me appreciate these good things. I am left speechless when it comes to expressing how grateful I am that God has supplied me with so many wonderful people and amazing opportunities. My goal in 2013 is to carry on each day with a grateful heart and a joyous attitude. To remember that yes there will be bad, but to overcome that bad with a strong and wise heart. I want to read more books, drink more water, love people more, and thirst for God more. Simple things really, but I’m a simple girl so I guess it fits.