Man, This Year.

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 , you've been a real dream


As I sit here and reminisce on the past 12 months, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. This year has been the craziest, most incredible year of my life filled with new experiences and amazing people. 

Starting off in January 2013 I started my job at Nike. Such a dream come true and answer to prayer. 

Not shortly after, another dream came true: Ricky and I got engaged! 
Surprising me on HIS birthday, and proposing at one of our favorite spots in Corvallis.



& we got to take super fun engagement pictures with the amazing Haley Graham 



2013 continued to really kill it when I was able to go on my first trip to Europe! 


London


Paris 

Throughout the year I made 6 different trips to San Francisco while Ricky worked at Google. 
It was a hard season, but definitely a fun one filled with travel and adventure, and lots of time with the Paton's , time I cherish above everything else!



We also were blessed to attend TONS of wedding. 
Such a fun time in our lives, when so many of our friends are getting engaged and married. 
We went to 5 or so weddings this summer alone !


Then, on August 23rd my best friend was born.
Reese Katherine Cater
This little lady has changed our whole family for the better. she is the cutest, most snuffliest thing in the whole world and I can't wait to watch her grow and be the best auntie I can be.


About the same time Reesie was being born, ricky had moved home from the bay and moved into our little condo in Timberland.. that happened to look like this for a little bit ;)



This fall,  Ricky and I joined some of our closest friends in leading Young Life for Sunset High School. We both lead Freshman and are excited for the challenge and growth that will come from leading these kids through high school and walking life beside them. We had our first YL camp experience as leaders, attending Breakaway the weekend before our wedding (we're crazy, we know).


Can't forget to mention some fun bachelorette shenanigans...
I am seriously blessed with THE best people in my life.

People who do this with me: 


Then, on November 9th 2013 Ricky and I tied the knot.
One of the most fun and meaningful days in my life.
Thank you to everyone who came and loved on us.
We especially appreciated everyone who danced their faces off, we love you.




& our family continued to grow ...


We honeymooned in the Dominica Republic and enjoyed every little bit of rest and relaxation (and rum and coke) we could. Not to mention having 85 degree weather every day ...

This year has taught me more and more that everything happens for a reason, that God has so intricately planned our life and wants to give us the best gifts. 

This year was so full of blessings and I thank God every time I think of them. 

Cheers to 2013 and I am as ready as ever to take on 2014, and all that is to come. 















O Holy Night

Monday, December 23, 2013

Don't get me wrong, I love traditions. They are special little moments or experiences that bring back memories and joy from years past. 

But I think sometimes, especially during Christmas, we get so stuck in our traditions that I think we forget their worth. Like, for example, all the beautiful Christmas songs we have all memorized by the time we were 10 years old. We sing them year after year, barely even having to think of the words and melody. I am definitely guilty of this, singing at church or to my christmas pandora, and not even realizing what I am singing. 

This Christmas season, one particular song has popped up many times and has been pressed on my heart. I have probably heard O Holy Night maybe a million times? But for some reason when listening this year I heard a part that I had never heard before. Was this a new Justin Bieber added verse to a Christmas classic? Nope, it's been a part of the song since its birth, but I just never heard it, I mean really heard it.

It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
long lay the world in sin and error pining
'til he appeared and the soul felt its worth. 

How did I miss such a beautiful verse? How, for YEARS, did I not take this portrayal for how the world felt the night Jesus was born to heart? 

Do you remember the moment you first believed in Jesus?
Do you remember feeling loved?
Do you remember no longer feeling alone?
Do you remember finally feeling worth something? 

Well, I'd like to think that is how the whole world felt 2,013 years ago on the night our savior was born.  The world finally felt hope. There was hope in this child who had come to the world not to condemn it, but save it. To restore this world. What a joy that must have been for them then, and what a joy that STILL is to us now. My hope is that we remember that Joy this Christmas season and use the next couple of days to reflect on what this holiday really is. 

Why we really celebrate.
Why we really give each other gifts.
and why this holiday even began.

We celebrate Jesus Christ, being born to later die for us and our sins, to restore this world that lays in sin and error pining, and the moment our world felt hope and souls found their worth.

A little preview from November 9th

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Sharing a few special pictures from our wedding, thanks to Char Beck
I can't wait to share the rest when we receive all the photos. 
Char was amazing, and I will cherish these photos forever.

































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