We finished up our huge house remodel. And by finished I mean we finally had drywall up on every wall. The room still isn't all the way finished but it's home. We still have molding to put up and things to paint but it's liveable. We're not the best at finishing home improvement projects- or actually at finishing any project. That's definitely something we need to work on.
February saw me starting to contemplate some changes in my life. Changes in the way I viewed my life and the way I viewed others. Little did I know it would be the beginning of some honesty in this little space.
March was the month that I joined the Influence Network. It was also the month that my husband and I started working on our homestudy for our second adoption and it was also the month that I wrote this little post called Dear 23 Year Old Me. It was the most honest post I have written in this space ever. It was hard for me to write but I got such great replies to it. It resonated with a lot of people. And for that I am so grateful. I love that my story, even though it is hard, is being used by God for something greater. I love that people are finding hope in my story.
I had a crazy idea in April. What if bloggers joined together and encouraged each other and sought to make Jesus famous by sharing their new names? Kerrie Williams of Life on a Mission was just crazy enough to join with me and we started our link-up. We've done it 3 times so far and it's been so awesome to meet new bloggers and hear their stories.
In May I wrote a post about dealing with Mother's Day when you are struggling with Infertility. Alivea also had her first sleepover and I met Mallory.
Summer started and June saw me struggling with some questions about this adoption. But it also saw me leaning on my husband and cherishing his devotion to me and to our children.
July was filled with promise. It's one of my favorite months. We were busy, busy, busy. Denny and I celebrated our 14th anniversary. We took Livi to the zoo. And I started really wrestling with this question of whether Jesus was my rescuer or my sustainer. It was a question that would plague me for months as I really explored both words and what they meant in my life. Oh, and I also (with the trememdous help of Samantha Butler) redesigned this little space.
August was pretty quiet. I opened my Etsy shop to raise money for our adoption and we just enjoyed the almost end of summer.
I love September. This September was no different. I teamed up with these women and we raised money for women in Uganda. We had so much fun. I also began thinking about Hope. Those thoughts about Hope would launch me into October where I would write about it for
31 30 days.
October was c.r.a.z.y. I wrote more than I've ever written. It was also very awesome. I explored Hope and being Sustained. All of those posts are here if you would like to read them.
November was when I starting writing for Mercy Found. It was also the month that I taught my first class for them about Transracial Adoption. I had so much fun doing that.
I was pretty quiet this month. I was finding it hard to write. I had things to say but for some reason they just wouldn't come out. I started writing for Missional Women this month also. And I did teach another class for Mercy Found Ministries called Infertility and Adoption.
Overall 2013 was a huge year of growth for me and for this little blog. I feel like I finally found my voice this year. Struggling with something like infertility for so long can really make you question a lot and sometimes those questions lead you to feel like you don't really have a purpose. This year I learned that my pain, my suffering, my struggle is for a purpose.
Next year is going to be even better. There are some more changes coming for this little space. I can't wait to unveil them. I hope you'll come back in a few days to see the new.
Happy New Year!!!!