Monday, December 31, 2012

My 2013 plans



2012 is one that I will look back on with fond memories.  I had numerous laughs, smiles, tears, and learning moments.  I started this blog and have become quite attached to it.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy writing and expressing myself.  Our family has experienced good times as well as bad. 

Tonight when the clock hits 11:59, I will be grateful for ALL that I have experienced and learned.  I know that Jesus has been with me through everything.  I haven't always been the best student, but I know I have learned from my Teacher and Redeemer.  He is so patient with me, and for that I am ever grateful.  May my heart be open even more to Him as the clock strikes midnight and I am ever His princess.

My friend who blogs here chooses a word for each year.  (Her blog is wonderful.  She is creative, a fabulous cook, and a Jesus lover.  Swing by and check her out!)  As she started hinting around at her 2013 word, I began really thinking about this.  I immediately thought that my word would be family.  I am in love with my family and I believe they are such a gift from my Father.



However, I believe God has another word for me this year. 

My word this year will be truth

My plan is to be completely honest in posts this year.  Not that I haven't been, but I want to tell my story over the course of this year.  I want to share how I came to love God so much and trust in Him.  My desire is to be completely transparent.  I am not out to give satan any glory.  I will not write things to intentionally hurt people.  My goal is to bring glory to God.  

I choose to write about TRUTH for various reasons.  
1.  God strongly placed it on my heart.
2.  One day my children will be able to read my story and truly know their mama's heart.
3.  It will be therapeutic for me.
4.  My story may speak to someone and bring healing.

I look forward to sharing from my heart. 

I like keeping journals, but I am not always great about writing.  I tend to feel pressured (by ME) to write everything down.  I came across a different kind of journal and I am smitten.

It's a 5 year journal.  There are only about 5 lines for you to record on for each day.  It's perfect!  I ordered mine off of Amazon.  You don't have to start on January 1st.  I started writing in mine in November. :)

I am having so much fun learning my way around my new camera.  I discovered this challenge and I am so in!!  Anyone want to join me??
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At the end of January, I will post a few of the pictures from this challenge.  I'm excited!! :)

Lastly, here are a few pictures from the past week.

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Barry and his single brother....any single ladies?? :)
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No more Christmas decorations.  Now on to Pinterest again to find new ideas for decorating!!  It's like crack for a decorating junkie! :)
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I've been playing around on photobucket....good times!
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Much love to everyone.  I am so blessed by all of you!! xoxo
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10 comments:

  1. I look forward to hearing your story! I may try the photo a day, I like the prompts!

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  2. Happy New Year to you! May it be full of the Lord's rich blessings and His great joy :)

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  3. Great word for 2013! Love the journal idea...I will have to check that one out. I am so bad at photos, I don't think I should attempt the photo challenge. Happy New Year!

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  4. I'm looking forward to your posts this year. Your home is beautiful!

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  5. What a great word Marci!! I have so much respect for you and look forward to hearing more about your story. Speaking truth and being vulnerable is God's call for us...thanks for this great reminder :)

    Happy New Year!!!!
    Megan

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  6. Awww, I am so looking forward to getting to know you even better this year! I know great things are coming in 2013! I'd do the photo challenge with you, but I know I'd fail. Right now, it is just a challenge photographing and documenting the kids' young lives so they'll have lots of memories. Ha! You can probably tell I am a bit obsessed with that "project" huh? Hope you have a wonderful New Year, blog friend! :-)

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  7. You are one of my favorite "finds" from 2012! God brought you right when I needed you. I'll never forget the early morning text you sent on the day Nolan received his Berlin Heart. You sent me the PERFECT scripture (Psalm 73:26) and I have since shared it in the waiting room of the CICU with other families. You were a part of the journey and that will stay with me forever. Thank you for being FAITHFUL and sharing your heart so freely. Love you!

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  8. Hi Marci! I just wanted to pop over and let you know that I’m now a regular hostess for the BRAND NEW The Great Blog Train Blog Hop which is hosted by myself and two other ladies! I’d love for you to stop by and add a link to your wonderful blog! Thanks!!

    http://blueeyedbeautyblogg.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-great-blog-tain-blog-hop.html

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement Group Blog

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  9. Hey, Marci! We have the same name! Mine is short for "Marcelle". I love your photo list! That is a great idea! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Thank you for linking up to The Great Blog Train!
    Angie@godsgrowinggarden.com
    Marci@stonecottageadventures.com
    Helen@blueeyedbeautyblogg.blogspot.com

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  10. did you make that plate with ribbon in the bottom pic? neat!

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