December 2012 archive

A Look Back at 2012

I try to keep things light on this blog, but I never want to give you the impression my life is perfect. Because it’s not. This past year I went to two funerals, cried with friends at bad news and disappointments, got flat tires on the side of the road, and there were a few days all I could do was take a deep breath and remind myself this too shall pass.

That said, oh how the Lord has blessed us this year. Even through the trials, I have seen His provision and faithfulness in our lives, and I can happily say I trust Him more than I did this time last year, probably the greatest blessing I could ask for.

But enough chatter, let’s look at some pictures! Here are twelve photos to highlight this year:

1. I went to Nashville with my MIL and SIL.

2. We celebrated our first anniversary (and, might I add, looked a little too matchy-matchy…)

3. I celebrated the life of my grandmother with my whole family. One of the best weekends of the year.

4. We went on two spring beach trip weekends with friends.

5. Dupree came to live with us for three months over the summer, a decision that was hard and rewarding.

6. During the summer I took a lot of fun weekend trips visiting friends.

7. A sweet baby was born, the first of my closest friends.

8. I got a new job.

9. We moved to another apartment.

10. We took a week-long beach trip with my family.

11. We adopted our sweet pup Leia.

12. We took a wonderful trip to Disney with J’s family.

Whew! That was a good year. Now, let’s get on with the next one, shall we? :)

How was your year? Looking back, what blessings and lessons did you learn? 

PS -I set some intentions for this year and am happy to report I succeeded in them all. Yay.

Snippets of my Christmas

Whew, what a fun Christmas! These past few days are what memories are made of. All of the laughter, the food, the general merriment of it all left me nostalgic in the moment. J and I both went back to work yesterday, which is refreshingly quiet and calm, but we are still in vacation mode as our dear friends come this weekend to celebrate New Years. This really is the most wonderful time of the year.

How was your Christmas?

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I love the anticipation of Christmas. The gifts, the fun, the goodness that is to come. This moment — right now — is my favorite part of the season:  on the cusp of a break from routine life to enter into a week of rest, celebration and togetherness with my favorite people.

I will be taking a holiday blogging break to enjoy some rest and fun with my family. I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday, and a very merry Christmas. xo, Ginna

Happy Anniversary to my Parents

This is is my favorite photo of my family, taken in 2010 at a cancer-free party for my mom.

My parents are celebrating 31 years of marriage today. They haven’t had the perfect marriage, but I think they’ve weathered the storms of life perfectly. They know how to be silly, to be kind, to put up with each other’s quirks and love their kids well. They’ve taught me the value of hard work and communication. They’ve showed me how to love sacrificially, give generously, and throw parties with ease. My mom once told me the best way parents can love their kids is to love each other, and in that sense they’ve been the best parents ever.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
Can’t wait to celebrate this weekend. xo

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