Wednesday, January 9

My One Little Word

I'm a little behind on things, but I wanted to write about my choice for my one little word for the year.

Have you guys heard about this? I'm sure you have since so many bloggers seem to be sharing their words.

Basically Ali Edwards, fellow blogger extraordinaire, is offering a workshop based on the idea that one little word can shape your attitude for the upcoming year. It works to influence you in every aspect of your life--how you interact with people, how you handle your trials, your hopes and dreams, everyday life. Anything! (I'm not participating in her workshop, and I believe it's full, but I decided to draw inspiration from the movement)

I was reading a lot of other bloggers' posts on their olw (a couple of my favorites included embracelovely, and awesomer), and I knew that this was my kind of resolution. One word seemed much easier than a long list that I would soon forget. 

I was also searching for some kind of inspiration... a reason to look forward to the new year.

I had a miscarriage early in December, so as I considered what my olw would be, I knew that this word needed to give me comfort and strength as my family moved on from disappointment and attempted to answer the "whys," "hows" and "now whats."

As I sat in church last week and pondered how I could find the answers to these difficult questions, my heart whispered, "Trust in Him... Trust in Him."

My one little word for 2013 is... trust.

Trust is reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety of a person or thing, confidence; or the confident expectation of something, hope.

I already love how this word applies to so many different aspects of my life. I hope to use this word to become someone more reliable and accountable. I hope this word reminds me to put my faith in others more frequently. To be confident in myself. To have hope for the future.

I hope this word will serve as my constant reminder to put my faith in God.

Mostly, it was the need to heal that led me to this little word.

I'm looking forward to the opportunities to exercise trust in 2013!

My first act of trust... trusting my instincts that Baby Girl is ready for a big girl bed (I'm cautiously optimistic). We'll see how it goes.

What's your one little word for the year?

Monday, January 7

Playing Catch Up


Sorry it took me a while to come back... I was just enjoying having The Hubs home for Winter Break and was very resistant to anything that didn't include lounging around or doing fun things with my family (and lots of treats).

But now I'm back and we'll play a little Christmas catch up. I'm kind of embarrassed that I don't have more pictures (enter one of my resolutions). I'll work with what I've got.

Prepare for a marathon post, but then the Christmas update will be over!

We went to the Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo. Even though our buns were frozen and most of the animals were asleep (major bummer) the lights were awesome. When we couldn't stand the cold any longer, we went home and warmed up with some hot chocolate and basked in the glow of our Christmas lights.

Cam and I held a Pie Night for some law school friends. I got the idea from this fantastic blogger and baker. We had a great time and had way too many leftovers! 

 I made my Andes Mint Cookies...

 Gingerbread Softies... (recipe here)

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler... (the favorite of the night!)

...and I made a very tasty Banana Cream Pie (recipe coming soon) and The Pioneer Woman's French Silk Pie (it was, after all, pie night!). I hope to incorporate more pies as our guest list and my pie plate collection grows! I loved spending a few days in the kitchen prepping everything and I absolutely love making pies from scratch. Makes me feel so domestic and American.

Finally, we enjoyed the annual Godfrey family Christmas party! Complete with yummy prime rib and a number put on by all the great grandbabies.

My little nephew... such a ladies' man!

Baby Girl getting ready for her chicken fingers and carrots.

These two spent so much time together while I was finishing my degree! They definitely act more like siblings than cousins. He always calls her "my baby girl" and she asks every day to play with him! We're going to miss him now that school's done.

Another nephew and niece that we love and miss every day! (This Little Miss had the best Christmas tutu and leggings ever.)

"Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way..."

My cousin's little boy was super into it...

Colbie dancing with Great-Grandmas Godfrey... Favorite pic of the night.

We had such a great Christmas break and we're so sad to see it end, but this Cutler house is excited for the new year!

How was your Christmas break?