Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Review

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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!



Friday, December 20, 2013

Photo Friday 12.13.2013 and 12.20.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click  here.

Last week, there wasn't a Photo Friday because we were packed up and headed to the Appalachian Christmas Giveaway in Harlan, but in spite of missing a week's worth of photos, there wasn't a whole lot y'all missed out on. 

I used some super cute gift tags on my presents for my Crafty Day girls. Puck and Buckshot were lazy. 


Kim and Chrissie came over and brought the beautiful and sweet Ginger over.


I wrapped a million presents. I'm not complaining though. I love being able to be a blessing to my friends and family.


This week I have been nearly a full time bouquet engineer. My fingers hurt, but I love it.


These are bridesmaids bouquets I've been working on for a lovely bride. Her bridal bouquet is made entirely of knobs and she wanted each bridesmaid to have a knob in their bouquet as well.


Her bridal bouquet might be my favorite thing I've ever worked on. I've still got to finish the stems for this order, but I'm so in love with them already!


Kate has a tacky Christmas sweater party to go to, so we went to Goodwill. She found a sweater vest to wear, and I left with a huge skillet (top left), some antique playing cards, and this tiny lamp!


This week also held our Crafty Christmas Party as well, so I'll post more about that later!

I hope y'all have a great weekend! I love y'all!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BWFB and the Appalachian Christmas Giveaway 2013

This year the Bruce Weeks Family Band had the wonderful opportunity to be the day's musical entertainment at the Appalachian Christmas Giveaway. This year it was hosted in Harlan, KY, and it was such a blast to be a part of it!

People lined up outside to get their chance to "shop" for twenty minutes in the gymnasium. Every child was fitted for shoes and clothes, while the parents shopped for toys. Each group got tickets to win a bicycle as well. 

I didn't get a chance to take photos before everything started, so these photos are about two hours after the giveaway started. 




My beautiful Mama!




The entire upper balcony on the right is filled with bags of food!


Those two are Larry and Linda Woodson. They're the folks who put on this great event every year.




KATIE!


Each family left with a bag full of groceries and some juice as well.

 
Once the line came inside, they waited in the cafeteria area...


...until they made it into the auditorium with us! I asked them if they'd wave for the camera before we started the next song.


If you'd like to see the videos from years past, click here.

Thankfully, this year there was enough toys and food to go around, although in the past they have run out of supplies and donations. If you'd like to contribute to this WONDERFUL blessing, more information can be found here.

It truly is a gift to be a part of something that brings such joy to others. In many cases, without this giveaway the children in these areas would wake up to nothing on Christmas day. You and I know that Christmas isn't about the gifts, but it is about Christ's love and that's what Praise Ministries International helped show everyone this past weekend. I hope y'all will be in prayer for next year's event.