Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Review


It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season - like all the other seasons - is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them. - Lemony Snicket The Lump of Coal

I used this same quote last year, but I love it. It's one of the joys of the holidays that we all want to talk about wonderful things and share them with each other, and I think it applies every year. 

When I think of 2013, I think of God's provision. He has sent both Jared and I more work than we knew what to do with at times, and He has provided this whole year for us-not just financially and physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well

So let's recap, shall we? (If you'd like to see last year's recap, click here.)

January and February was tough for me. It felt like everything that could go wrong went wrong. I had surgery to help correct endometriosis, I got a subsequent infection that left me emotionally and physically hurt, my beloved Camaro died, and just when I thought I was doing better, I had a huge falling out with a friend who falsely accused me of things I would never do.

It was a dark time for me, truly. I'm so grateful for Jared because without him and Jesus, I'd be a real mess.

But God provided for us in every way. He sent me a super cute car we named Zora!

In March, Jared and I celebrated two years of marriage! And it has been a wonderful ride for sure!

We also hung out with my dear friend Heather, and I made this little boy very happy with a cake!

We also took Puck on a little adventure.

In April, the Bruce Weeks Family Band opened for the Grammy-nominated band The Boxcars!

Parts of April were tough. Parrie passed away after a battle with cancer. Our friendship was such a hard thing to process, but I'm glad we were friends.

We landscaped our front yard! Finally! It might not look like too much, but because of the intense hill, it was TOUGH.

In May, Jared installed this wonderful skillet rack for our kitchen!

June was super busy!

I was commissioned to build this mosaic window for a professor I had in college!

Jared and I built a planter out of an old guitar.

We went to a beautiful waterfall and splashed around for a while.

We also went camping together! Jared's parents constructed Tarp City.

Once we finished up installing our new floors downstairs, I started the Home is Where the Heart Is home tour in our kitchen...

...and again in our living room.

In July, we met a long lost cousin!

We got the Tuttle Aquatic Gardens all set up complete with fish!

I also showed y'all our Entryway/Piano Wall part of the home tour!

In August, Jared and I finished up our staircase reveal!

Our bathtub project was featured on Offbeat Home!

Jared put up our instrument wall.

September was basically a blur of wedding prep for Connie's wedding and festival prep for The Marble Festival, so there are few pictures from September, but I did update this thrift store basket:

and make this cute banner!

We also took a belated second anniversary trip to the beach!

In October, we opened for John Bowman and for The Primitive Quartet!

We brought home this rascal named Buckshot!

We hosted the Fourth Annual Crafty Costume Party!

In November, we started a Fiscal Food Fast and it taught me quite a bit! I also came up with a delicious chicken noodle soup recipe because of it!

I painted our table to something less brown and ugly.

In December, BWFB participated in the Appalachian Christmas Giveaway in Kentucky. It was such a blessing!

And we experimented with under-cabinet lighting in our kitchen!

We also hosted a Crafty Christmas party, but I didn't take any photos...I know. It's ridiculous.

It's such a blessing to look back and see all that God has done this year!  I'll be back later this week with a post about last year's goals and goals for the new year!

Y'all be safe tonight! Happy New Year!


  1. I usually don't comment, but I wanted you to know that I have been following your posts via RSS feed and have enjoyed seeing all of your projects and lovely experiences! Have a wonderful new year and I look forward to reading and getting more great ideas in the upcoming year!

  2. Thank you for commenting, Elizabeth! I'm glad you enjoy what I post, and I appreciate that you took the time to let me know. I hope your new year is wonderful!


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