What a year...indeed.
We were so very blessed with such an awesome year in 2013! Thank you to all of our friends and family who celebrated with us as we got engaged in the Spring and then began our new chapter as husband and wife in the Fall. So many precious and fun memories were made this year, so many family and friends reunited, and so much hope for the future.
As joyful and pivotal a year this has been for us, we realize we have friends and family who are very eager to get this year behind them and start anew. My hope is that each of you who may be hurting right now or scarred by 2013 find the rainbow at the end of your storm, and look onward with hope for a better year ahead. May your wounds be healed by the love and memories of those lives or loves lost, and may 2014 be a year of great renewal for you.
Of course, the two biggest events for us this past year were our engagement and our wedding! I hadn't realized until now that the majority of this year revolved around these two events. This was certainly a year full of excitement, love, and joy, as well as dreams fulfilled and new dreams imagined. God has been so good to us this year, and we are very grateful for His presence in our lives. One of our goals for 2014 and beyond is to have a Christ-centered marriage, and we look forward to living out our life mission of building community by making new friends, connecting and reconnecting with "old" friends 'n family, and most definitely entertaining a little in the new year.
As we finish out 2013 tonight and head into 2014 with the newness of marriage still fresh on our minds and in our hearts, we will keep it pretty low-key tonight, as we have in the past. Perhaps we'll start a new tradition... We'll most likely share a bottle of champagne (that didn't quite make it to the wedding reception - oops!), perhaps with a couple of friends...and we might even have our 1st Annual Mr & Mrs "W" Wii Bowling Championship and/or a movie version of an Iron Man Triathlon...and of course we'll end it with a newlywed New Year's Eve kiss goodnight ;)
“The future depends on what you do today.”
― Mahatma Gandhi