A Look Back at 2013

I remember writing my ‘Look Back at 2012″ blog post, and thinking, ‘man, this was a busy year!’.ย  Little did I know that 2013 would be even busier, and have even more changes!

The end of December 2012, Kyle and I had started to talk about God leading us to a courtship and eventually marriage.

In early January, Kyle began prolotherapy treatments on his back, to see if they would help with the extreme back pain he was struggling with.ย  Even though it took several months and the treatments were very painful, they did, in fact, help his back tremendously!ย  Over those months, however, God took us through times of struggle; not knowing when to enter an ‘official’ courtship, since we didn’t know when his back would be healed and he would be able to work and support a family, and other times of discouragement.

The plan was finally set that, on April 17th (exactly 9 years after we met), we would ‘officially’ start courting (I wasn’t supposed to know this, but had insider information ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Things did not go as planned.ย  My grandpa passed away April 11th, and since dad really wanted Kyle involved in the funeral as a paul-bearer, we ‘went official’ April 12th.

The month of May was filled with wedding plans and yard sales!ย  The Lord blessed us tremendously with a lot of wonderful deals on furniture and other items we needed ๐Ÿ™‚ย  We also set our wedding date, but did not announce it, since there hadn’t been an official engagement, due to certain reasons.

June was also filled with more wedding plans and yard sales, and on the 28th, an official marriage proposal was made!

July was filled with, you guessed it!, more wedding plans ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And also family gatherings, and anything else we could squeeze into our schedule ๐Ÿ™‚ย  We did a lot of fishing over the summer as well, with some friends of ours, and that was quite fun!

August came, and with it both of our birthdays ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Last minute wedding details were put into place, and we anxiously counted down the days!

Then came the blessed day!ย  September 7th!ย  There were SO many people willing to help out with anything that needed done, and that made the day go so much better!ย  Everything went well (including smashing cake in each other’s face!), and the day went incredibly fast!ย  We had a very relaxing honeymoon at a cottage on a lake for a whole week!

Then came October, and with it, the news that, the end of June, there would be an addition to our little family!ย  We were thrilled!

November came flying in before we knew it, and, while still trying to get settled in, there was the hustle and bustle of family get togethers, and Kyle being busy with work ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I was still struggling with pregnancy sickness, and feeling exhausted, but I managed to make it through ๐Ÿ™‚

December arrived, and with its arrival, came the departure of the pregnancy sickness!ย  Just in time for Christmas dinners and lots of good food!!!ย  It was also our first Christmas together, and that made it even more special and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, with today being the last day of 2013, ย it amazes me to look back and see all the changes that took place this year!ย  A year ago tonight, Kyle and I were just starting to pursue that much desired relationship we felt God was leading us to, and now, here we are…married, and with a baby on the way ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  God has been SO good to us!ย  We don’t even deserve half of what He’s done for us!!!

The verse God gave me a year ago tonight was, “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.”ย  Psalm 65:11

Praise the Lord for ALL He has done!!

Happy New Year Everyone!



Verse for 2013 :)

December 31st, as I was sitting on the couch, reading my Bible and counting down the minutes to the New Year, I prayed that God would give me a verse for 2013…and at 11:58pm He did.ย  I had been reading through the Psalms for the day and instead of reading Psalm 61, I accidentally read chapter 65…but I guess you couldn’t really call it an accident since that’s where God gave me my verse ๐Ÿ™‚

Psalm 65:11 says, “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.”ย  As soon as I read it, Malachi 3:10 (the verse God gave me while on Journey to the Heart) also came to mind… “Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

And I have already seen, how, after surrendering everything to God and giving Him my all, He has been pouring out His blessings in abundance! ย 

In 2012 I had my fair share of struggles, heartaches, and trials, but I must say, that, because of them, I heard God speak to me more than ever before!ย  I only hope that I hear Him as much (hopefully more!) in 2013 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And that I continue seeing the abundance of blessings that comes from giving the ‘whole tithe’ ๐Ÿ™‚