2017: A Year of Grace

It’s really not right to ring in a new year without taking a few moments to pause and reflect on the year we’re leaving behind. 2017 brought us adventures, new friendships, difficult challenges, and profound joy. Most of all, though, 2017 taught me A LOT—about myself, about how I relate to others, and about God.  I’m walking away from it deeply grateful for the lessons learned and the grace I experienced. Cheers, 2017!

January: The most incredible week in Hawaii, snow days, getting settled into our new home, Bachelor nights with the girls, and ice skating with my kiddos.

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February: A weekend in Asheville, pizza nights, more unpacking, a trip to Florida, Saturdays catching up with good friends, and binge watching The West Wing.

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March: A women’s retreat with church, exploring Raleigh with friends, and all the basketball.

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April: A UNC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Something Rotten at DPAC, Saturdays in Chapel Hill, and birthday parties.

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May: A trip to Indianapolis for work, a Cinco de Mayo wedding, Aislinn’s baby shower, Bark in the Park, celebrating four years of marriage, and Finley’s first trip to the beach.

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June: Lacey’s wedding, Summer Arts Camp at church, celebrating Bryan’s birthday in Chicago, camp with my kiddos, and a conference in Atlanta.

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July: Turning 29, a surprise birthday celebration, meeting Scout, beach days, dinners under market lights, lots of books, and a mission trip to Romania.

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August: Finley’s first birthday, hiking and breweries in Asheville, John Mayer under the stars, and lots of writing.

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September: Hanson at the Ritz, finally getting to sing “Go Cubs Go” at Wrigley Field, Finley’s first tailgate, and a whirlwind of a month at church.

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October: Family Retreat, a super fun trip to Nashville, hosting nights around the fire pit, football Saturdays, and Halloween costumes featuring Thor and the world’s cutest lion.

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November: Bon Iver in Charlottesville, a wedding in Virginia, Memaw’s 93rd birthday, Thanksgiving festivities, our annual family photo shoot, and the most glorious week in Costa Rica.

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December: Picking out a Christmas tree, parties, annual holiday dinner at Angus Barn, time with family, celebrating Hannah and Justin’s engagement, and reflecting on 2017—a hard, bizarre, wonderful year that taught us so much about grace and courage and speaking up. And for that I’m thankful.

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2016: A Year of Adventures

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost over. This year has truly flown by, and so I’m taking a few moments to look back at some of our favorite moments. 2016 brought our world it’s fair share of heartache and pain, but it also brought our family some incredible adventures.  2016 is definitely a year we will never, ever forget. Here are some of our favorite memories from this crazy, wonderful year:

January: Skiing with friends, movie nights, snow days, leaving a church we loved, and the most wonderful few days in Jamaica.

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February: Bachelor nights with the girls, a new job, more snow, and a baby shower celebrating sweet Baby Kennedy!

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March: Lock-in with 4th and 5th graders, CBFNC, Holy Week activities at church, March Madness, and a few days at the beach with family.

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April: Baseball games, nights spent listening to music and grilling on our back deck, welcoming (and falling in love with) baby Kennedy, OIAM at church, and a trip to Atlanta for work.

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May: Graduation festivities celebrating my sister, Pentatonix at Red Hat, steak frites in Paris, boat rides in Capri, touring vineyards in Tuscany, sightseeing in Rome, and celebrating three years of marriage. (Basically the best month EVER.)

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June: Bryan’s birthday festivities, moving my sister into her new house, BLTs from Merritt’s, rooftop bars, and standing beside my best friend while she married the love of her life.

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July: A week of birthday celebrations, NYC, a wedding at the beach, pool days, buying a new car, and lots of ice cream.

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August: A weekend at the lake, countless hours spent watching the Olympics, Fellows orientation, and Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market.

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September: A crazy busy month of work, Ben Rector, camp with my kiddos, a weekend in Asheville, and house hunting.

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October: Girls’ weekend in Charlottesville, visiting my bestie in Chicago, family retreat with church, Rent at DPAC, and meeting Finley.

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November: Belong Tour, ALL THE GILMORE GIRLS, Thanksgiving celebrations, tailgating in Chapel Hill, Christmas card pictures, and buying and moving into our first house!

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December: Unpacking, Christmas parties, picking out a tree, decorating our home, Living Nativity at church, Christmas services, all the holiday movies, a trip home, and jet setting to warmer places!

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Here’s to 2017—I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. Cheers!