2014 In Review

What a year it has been! 2014 was exceptionally good to me and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us. Perhaps we’ll have little Baby R by this time next year? We can only hope.. Maybe we’ll start with a puppy. Kids are kind of a lot of commitment, no?

In January we got our engagement pictures done. Just the beginning of the wedding whirlwind.

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We started making new memories in our new apartment in February. Ryan and my Dad worked their butts off getting it done so we could move in on time. I’m going to say they learned A LOT about each other during this time. Lots and lots of quality time for my two favorite men.

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We’ve been seeing a trend in our St Patty’s Day celebrations.. We like to celebrate away from home. In March of 2013 it was Indiana and in 2014 it was Chicago with our friends, Maria and Nick.. I wonder where 2015 will be celebrated?! St. Louis, perhaps?

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In April I started my Project Life scrapbook and blogging! Both of which I love, love, love. I love it even more when my friends and family support me in this decision and actually encourage me to write.

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Every year my family goes on our annual camping trip to Wisconsin Dells in May for Memorial Day weekend. Now, I’m not really the camping type. I truthfully go for the outlet mall and good food. I can’t say no to a J Crew Factory store. Or a s’more. Or spending time with my Scouty.

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Speaking of shopping and s’mores, in June, Maria and I hit up the mall and the Cheesecake Factory for… Guess what? A s’more cheesecake. Ahhh!  Friend time and shopping AND s’more cheesecake. What could be better?!

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As the wedding date started to get closer, I was attending more and more pre-wedding activities! Including my bridal shower in July with my best friends and family! And cake.

Oooh, and then August rolled around. It was time for the Bachelorette Party. Once again, I was in Wisconsin Dells with my best gals for booze, water slides, dancing and busted lips (that story is for another day). All in all, it was quite memorable.

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And then there was sweet, sweet September. Our wedding month. I couldn’t have been more blessed with a more perfect day. From the weather to the way everything panned out, it was perfection. All of it. Not to mention I got to marry THIS guy.

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Then in October I celebrated my 25th birthday low key with my husband. And he made the day special. Just like he always does. Not to mention, he gave me the BEST card I ever got (which is not posted). I will be saving that one forever.

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Now, I’m sure I’m going to get some grief from this next part.. Yes, I know Thanksgiving is about family and being thankful, and I am, but this November, I got to do Black Friday shopping in Indianapolis at NORDSTROM! That’s definitely something I need to put in my review for 2014. So, I did.

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With December came Christmas. And just like that the holidays came and went. I hardly took any pictures during our Christmas activities and this is the only one I have on my phone. I say it pretty well represents the end of this year to a T. Calm, relaxed and ready for whatever 2015 has to bring.
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2014 was a good year. I still have all of my loved ones with me, I married my best friend, I have the most amazing girlfriends a girl could ask for and God continues to watch over me every single day.

2014 did bring some changes, some people and problems will be left in 2014 and that’s just the way God intended it to be and I’m perfectly ok with that. I know that life changes, good things happen, bad things happen.. Every thing that God has planned, happens.

I hope in 12 months I can come back and say that I’m happy, healthy and unscathed and that I still have all my loved ones near and dear to me… But you never know. What I do know is that God is good. God is in control.. I know that He will give me the strength and grace to get through everything, no matter what the trials I face are.

Life isn’t easy, I don’t pretend that is… I just know that I’m living an extremely beautiful, blessed life because I have God in my heart and I let Him lead me through it.

 

I hope you all have a very wonderful New Year!

 

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