1. Our big house project: Painting the Exterior. Ok, I think this is kind of funny because our huge project for this year (that took up a huge chuck of time) was dedicated to painting and revamping our house exterior. The funny part is that I have never showed you a final look. I shared the process of choosing colors, how we had lots of help, our newly painted doors, our painted shed, new lighting and the beginning of new landscaping but never did I share a painting of the house post. That is definitely a new blog post resolution that I will work on soon!
2. Another big project for us inside our house was working on our laundry room, bathroom and closet area (all connected in the back of our house). I'm still working on the organization of that space as we have little space to work with so I want it to be maximized to its potential. That is definitely an area that will see more attention again this year.
painted silhouettes, made roman shades, pillow covers, jewelry, paint chip art and went crazy this christmas hand making ornaments and making square wreaths. Getting crafty always helps keeps me in check, as I wrote about in this post.
4. We had a big transition in our life this year when it came to Justin's job and student ministry. Honestly, we look at student ministry as more of a part of our life than our job - it just wouldn't work for us any other way. I got to start hosting girls ministry events and hosting a small group each week - both things that I have really loved doing. This year has been difficult to juggle for me at times since I now have a two year old - who requires a lot of my attention. I love being a mom and I love that I get to spend so much time with Silas. It does however make it different for me when it comes to working with the youth group. Some of the things I used to do just have to be on hold right now. But, then I get the weekly moments with my small group as well as many other things that I still do with Justin so it has been really good. It just took some time to figure out how to make it all work. I'm sure that we will adjust and grow each year as our family situations change and our student ministry changes. But over it all God is still the same and knowing that strengthens my faith.
6. This year I have done a lot of praying about this blog - about what it needs to be, where God wants it to go and honestly if I even wanted to continue. As odd as it might sound I finally feel at peace with it and am excited about the direction its going. This blog has meant a lot to me - I've put a lot of time, sweat and emotion into it (as many other bloggers would totally agree with when it comes to their own blogs). For me it has been an outlet of sorts and also just something that I truly enjoy doing. I'm so thankful for all of you that have been on this journey with me and continue to come back. You guys are the best and I can't wait to see where this blog goes in 2013!
Hope you all have a wonderful New Year! We are on our way to Atlanta for the Passion Conference and we can't wait! I'll be sharing with you soon!!
PS - I have finally updated my project page with all of our projects, events and crafts! Everything should be easier to find now, yay!