Books to Read in 2013

I’m not much of a reader. I have a history of starting books and never finishing them. You could say I’m a quitter when it comes to reading. No one likes a quitter.

Sometimes when I actually write out goals for myself it makes it easier to accomplish them, rather than just saying, “Oh, I want to read that book someday.” Psh, that’ll never happen.

So here is my list of books I would love to have read by the end of 2013:

  • The Shack by Wm. Paul Young (my husband actually just got this book, so it’s already within reach!)
  • Radical by David Platt (this is one I bought, started, and never finished)
  • Adopted for Life by Russell Moore
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Give them Grace by Fitzpatrick & Thompson

I plan to do a short book review/what I learned after I finish each book. Stay tuned.

Do you have any other book suggestions for me to read in 2013?? I’d love to hear of any I missed!

A Blast from the Past (Year)

I honestly thought at the beginning of 2012 that the year 2011 could not be topped. Think about it, I graduated from college, married my best friend, went on our honeymoon to California, got to explore the mountains of Montana, and welcomed a new niece into the world. How could it get any better than that? Well, I’ll tell you…

2012 was an incredible year! I learned a lot about myself, about my husband, and about what the Lord is teaching me. I learned what true patience is and how amazing God’s grace really is. I learned perserverence and teamwork. I have had many good moments, but also some bad. This past year has been so wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

In April I ran my first half marathon. That’s 13.1 miles of running. Am I crazy or what? It is something I’ve wanted to accomplish my entire life. It was time-consuming, hard and intense training, but it paid off in the end. Now I get to look back and say, “I did that!” And feel good about it. Can a girl get an “Amen”?!

In June and August I got to be a part of two of my best friend’s weddings. I was so honored to get to stand by their sides and watch such beautiful representations of Christ and his Church. They were both such wonderful ceremonies and so much fun to be a part of. In addition to that, getting to be a part of the showers and bachelorette parties made for a fun year as well. Great memories to look back on.


I have pretty friends.

In June, my husband and I took a vacation to New York to see Niagara Falls and NYC. We had an incredible time and loved every minute of it. We got to see our first broadway musical (Wicked!) and sat in the (front row!) audience of David Letterman. We were blessed to get the opportunity to travel and explore a new place.


niagara, times square, lady lib

In August, we brought home our adorable kitten, Pepe le Pew. She has been such a joy to have. It sounds silly, but she has really been entertaining and we love her.

the cutest kitten ever.

I wish she was still that little.

This year we found out my older sister is having her third child. In October we found out it’s their first BOY! We are all so excited. I love being an aunt and spoiling my nieces, so I just know it won’t be any different with this little guy. He is due in March, so we are in much anticipation for that.


my brother-in-law is just a little excited that it’s a boy.

In August, my husband turned 26 and I got him two tickets to a Notre Dame Football game. The game was in November and it was the first one we had ever been to. The campus is gorgeous and it turned out to be an amazing game and nice weather (a little chilly!). Notre Dame is currently number 1 in the nation in football and is playing in the Championship bowl game in January. They had an undefeated, awesome season this year. I’m so glad this was the year we went to see them play! He has wanted to go to a game since he was a kid.


game time, golden dome.

After the game, we spent the next day in Chicago, IL. He had never been so it was neat to explore another big city with him. We’re real city slickers now.


el beano, skyline

Lord willing I would like to accomplish these things in the next 365 days:


  1. Read the Bible entirely through
  2. Spend more time in quite time with the Lord


  1. Complete my first triathlon
  2. Run a 5k race in every state that touches Kentucky (where I live) -which would include SEVEN states…Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee (whew, that’s a lot of races in a year! This girl ain’t messin’ around)
  3. Play in a local tennis tournament with my husband


  1. Travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a retreat with some of the students from the youth group we help with
  2. Sky Dive (I asked for it for my birthday)

Well 2012, it’s been real, but it’s time to move on. Hello, 2013!! What do you have in store?