Oh, 2013, how many different ways could we review you? Top 10 lists are flying around the web and here will be no exception.
First, I want to mention how far we’ve come here. Did you know at this time last year, this site was still named Permission to Peruse? Yowza! We’ve settled into the new name and theme and it’s by far the best change on the blog for quite some time. We started over with a new Facebook page too and I’m happy to see many of you made the switch.
Now, let’s take a look at the year. I thought I’d break it down a few ways. If I was a bit of a better planner, I would have stretched this out to a few posts, but let’s cram it all in today, why don’t we?
- Most popular posts by month
- My favorite books of the year
- My favorite family/personal moments of the year
Popular Posts by Month
February: Many of you fellow writers could relate to the Five Minute Friday “Bare” prompt.
April: We knocked out half a wall between our dining room and kitchen and made a bar. It was one of my favorite things we did all year around the house.
June: Many of you working moms could relate in Working Mom Neurosis as we headed into Summer.
July: God healed a tender spot from my past during our trip to Palm Beach. I recapped it in Where Was Jesus?
September: Hosting a baby shower for my great nephew was one of my favorite moments of the year and it wonderful sharing how God worked in so many hearts to make it happen.
October: Seeing what God did at Allume was just outstanding.
November: After watching Catching Fire at the movies, it set my soul on fire about materialism in America. I funneled it all into the post A Girl on Fire.
December: On the heel of November’s post, I wrote on Fair Trade Tuesday about our buying habits. This one resonated with many of you and is still messing with me.
Favorite Books of 2013
Jesus > Religion / The Language of Flowers/ Eleanor & Park/The Fault in Our Stars/ Beautiful Outlaw / Bread & Wine / Blue Like Jazz / A Shepherd Looks at the Good Shepherd / On Writing / On Becoming a Writer
Some of these weren’t even published in 2013, but these books either meant the most to me or brought me a lot of joy.
Favorite Family/Personal Moments
These posts may or may not have been the most popular but they document some of my favorite moments of the year. If I ever get around to doing a family yearbook, these moments will be in there.
I got to hear Maureen from The Mercy House speak here in town.
I loved following my friend Linda for a day of her 50 RAOK for her birthday.
We welcomed our Havanese Bella to the family this year.
Emma got braces.
Redoing the bar was one of my favorite changes ever around our house. Having the water leak I thought would be the worst of the year but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Both the girls love their new rooms and we really did need to overhaul those two rooms. The treehouse bed was definitely a favorite!
Hosting a baby shower for my great nephew was wonderful as I watched friends and family gather together to be Jesus for that family.
Watching what God did at Allume was one of my personal favorites of the year.
Hosting a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting party was a great way to gather friends and get some good work done too.
Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. I love sharing special moments from life, what I’m learning and how God is moving. I wrote this year about having fun and I’ve since realized writing for you and hearing back IS my fun. Thanks for being here and here’s to a great 2014.
Happy New Year, friends!
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