OVER and over again the Lord reminds His people to remember. remember what He has done. remember His promises. remember His faithfulness. remember His Truth. and to live in the light of His past faithfulness – for it provides Hope for the future. Hope that He will fulfill His promises. Hope that He will provide. and Hope that He will come again.
we celebrated our one year anniversary – but i was half way across the world in Norway standing with one of my best friend’s as she got married! it was my first trip to Norway and i loved every minute of it. i’ll be back and next time i’ll bring my sweet Norwegian husband! my little sister also turned 23 (yikes) and my parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary!
Oak + Oats was revealed as i went through a whole blog rebranding after reading Blog Inc. i wanted this place to be a place where we all could be rooted and nourished in Truth. i celebrated all the opportunities that the Lord has given me though this blog and also confronted some heart issues. we spent every weekend helping our older brother & sister-in-law move their family of six into a new house! i was on Aunt Beth duty the whole time and loved it!
our community group became more and more like family as we attended each other’s events (like my Gala & Silent Auction) and gathered on the weekends. i talked about why i celebrate Halloween and bought Gryffindor scarves for our costume! Samantha and i introduced the Great Christmas Exchange and we were floored by how many of you signed up to participate! the Lord also opened a door to a full-time position at Life Network and i finally was able to quit all my part time jobs!
we celebrated my husband’s 25th birthday practically the whole month and his sister Greta made him the best harry potter birthday cake! we gathered with friends and family and celebrated Thanksgiving! there were so many things to be thankful for (including having megan stay with us Thanksgiving week!) i saw Frozen and instantly fell in love!
our community group took a getaway to Breckenridge and stayed all together in a giant house. we had so much fun we all slightly considered selling our houses and moving in together. i sent my package for the Great Christmas Exchange and so many of you rushed to the post offices as well. a hundred packages were being sent through the mail and twitter/ instagram blew up with #greatchristmas2013. we celebrated with both families and reflected on our blessing. the advent calendar by naptime diaries was a beautiful reminder of the reason of the season even though it is so easy to get distracted by all the pretty things this holiday brings.
what a year. what an adventure. just the other day Bruce and i were talking and we both expressed that we are content. CONTENT. that is not something that i can say i am too often. we don’t have enough money to do everything we want but we have enough money to do the things we need. we have wonderful friends. understanding and supportive families. community. purpose. hope. dreams. we have things we look forward to in the future and we rejoice in the moments of the everyday. what a blessing to remember the Lord’s faithfulness. and what hope that gives us as we walk into 2014…