Let's see if I can summarize a bit:
|A great day of smiles near the end of the hospital visit.|
|Emily's car window drawing during a hospital trip visit|
January 2013 - A new year! Things at work started to really gear up for one of my big annual projects, and that kept me really busy. My roommate Hallie was working out of state (since Thanksgiving), so it was pretty quiet at home with just myself and Amy there. Damion and I were planning our next visit together. Both of us knew that continuing to be apart, 1000 miles or so between us, was very difficult and trying. So, after many discussions and planning, it was decided...
|That's the plane in the center!|
|New job in Raleigh!|
|Reece turns 3!|
|Community Group Fun!|
June 2013 - Both of our birthdays are in June. They were both pretty low-key, but on the actual day of my birthday, we took off in my parents' big red pickup truck for a long road trip to Louisiana. Since he moved here with just a suitcase or two of clothes and belongings, there were some other things to bring back to help make his space in his apartment more like home. It was a LONG drive, but we "trucked" along and finally pulled into Ragley about 16 hours later. We were able to spend a few days with his family and get some of his stuff, and then we were back on the road! (P.S. - My little Jetta hit 100K miles, too!) We were also able to go to my family reunion and my niece's dance recital.
|Rhylee loves popcorn (and her daddy!)|
|Happy 5th Birthday, Asher!|
August is also the time when I try to take time to honor the memory of my friends' son, Asher. You can read my blog about him here. I'm thankful that I was able to share that time with Damion this year. He showed kindness and gentleness, both toward me and our time by the grave site.
|God is Able! TCC's First Service in the new building!|
At the end of August, TCC was able to move into our new building! I've been attending this church since it started in May of 2006. We've moved a LOT, and seen so much! It was such a moving service for me!
September 2013 - Finally! Fall is here! I got some fun new darker hair, thanks to my sweet friend Kathleen. My family was able to get away for a few days, too. We usually try to do something together in September each year to celebrate my two nieces' birthdays. This year, they were 10 and 7! I can hardly believe it! We spent a relaxing and BEAUTIFUL weekend in Gatlinburg. Great fun!
|Hot Tub Fun!|
|The beautiful morning view!|
|Brother Love :)|
|Beautiful Lake Lure|
December 2013 - The holidays are really fun! It gets busy, though! Two families, parties, etc. We had a fun time decorating a gingerbread house. I had never done one before! We laughed a lot during that! We left on the 20th to go to Hickory, and we spent that weekend with my family. Lot of gifts and laughter and of course, more yummy food. On Monday morning, we took off in my car for another road trip to Louisiana! This time, it "only" took us about 13 hours. Much better! Sadly, I ended up spending several days (including our drive back) with the stomach virus, but we loved getting to hang out all week with our families and start making plans for our future together. :o)
Lots of exciting things to come in 2014, that's for sure! (And thanks for making it through such a long post!)