Yearly Review

The Best of 2017: According to Instagram

on December 31, 2017 in 100 Days To Brave, Yearly Review with 8 comments by

You guys know I couldn’t just do a best nine pictures from instagram and not write words about them each. I just had to say some things. And I wanted one from each month, so that’s not even nine. That’s twelve.

What I’m saying is I’m annoying and I don’t wanna play by the rules here on the last day of 2017. I hope that’s okay with you.

Good thing I have a blog wherein I can break some of the end of year recap rules. In fact, there were many years when I would do such a beautiful job of reviewing the year we had together. Here you can scroll through the posts and see all the yearly recaps, starting in 2007. You know, back when I used to be decent at blogging. (eyeroll. I’m the worst blogger there ever was these days.)

But yesterday my cousin Josh asked me if I was going to recap this year and suddenly, I really really wanted to. I felt every emotion scrolling through 2017’s instagram posts. I picked my twelve favorite photos, but there is so so much more. Like your life, there were 365 days for me this year, and thousands more moments. There is one picture I don’t have that I really wish I could share, there are a few moments of deep deep sadness that I don’t know how to post about, a few moments of the purest joy that I keep so close to my heart, and some of the best meals of my life.

So while this doesn’t encompass my whole year, it sure reminds me of a few things I don’t ever want to forget.

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January 2017

God showed up for me this January morning at the beach in a way I’d never experienced. I don’t ever want to forget this day because in the middle of a bunch of brand new and a chunk of fear and the mustering of faith, God reminded me that He loves to hang out with me.

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February 2017

Two of my dear friends got married in New Orleans, so we all loaded up and headed down and had one of the most fun weekends, including this dance with my very handsome date. I don’t ever want to forget this weekend because the best memories are made when you wear sparkles and show up on the dance floor.

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March 2017

I gave up makeup for Lent. It was very hard. It never got easier. I wrote about it here. I don’t ever want to forget this season because to this very day, I don’t totally know what it was about and I want to remember that sometimes obeying God plants seeds that don’t bloom for a long long time.

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April 2017

I spent a few days with some of my favorite friends in New York City. I almost move there all the time in my heart, but never in my real life. Visiting for a week or so every six months does my heart so so good. I don’t ever want to forget this moment because when I get quiet and still, I can be there again and feel the art rising up in me.

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May 2017

I got majorly disappointed in May, in a heartbreaking kind of way, but my people loved me hard through it. And on Mother’s Day, I got a gift and note and it was the sweetest. I don’t ever want to forget this moment because I learned when you let people catch the pieces, a broken heart can heal and mend.

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June 2017

You have not seen a thing until you watch Nashville rally as a city. And the Nashville Predators hockey team gave us just that chance last spring when they played all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. I don’t ever want to forget this because it was JUST SO FUN, in a hard personal and writing season, to have these guys to cheer for. They were a gift to me in ways I don’t totally know how to explain, but I know was true.

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July 2017

My favorite birthday celebration- my #miniBFFs, all barefoot and summertime and only sitting for the picture because the cookie cake was promised next. Beyond grateful. I preached a little about it at CrossPoint. I don’t ever want to forget this because God always answers prayers, even if it looks different than I think it will.

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August 2017

To be fair, this was the last day of July (not *technically* August), but I take August off so all things go quiet then. But this was the dream team, after a crazy work weekend, spending the day at the waterpark. I don’t ever want to forget this day because these girls are a part of my job I didn’t know to dream up or even ask God for. They are just purely a gift.

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September 2017

The only Georgia game I attended this year was the start of the season against Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The game was incredible, but the rest of the trip, the people I already knew and the ones I met for the first time, were even better. I don’t ever want to forget those few days because it was the best weekend of the year. Maybe the best weekend ever. (Ask me in a few more decades… feels early to decide for sure.)

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October 2017

A real special bucket list moment for me. Seeing Lady Antebellum play in Scotland. The whole week over there in Scotland, God just kept reminding me that He specializes in ME. He speaks all my languages. And He might not always meet my expectations but He will surely meet with me. I don’t ever want to forget this because I love my friends and I love them in concert and I love them most in concert in a place I love. And God knew. Amen.

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November 2017

Y’all have been the absolute kindest about 100 Days To Brave. Thank you for loving it and sharing it and making it a part of your lives. I don’t ever want to forget when this little book released because I feel so honored to do this work.

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December 2017

I love when my friends are friends with my friends. And in a lot of ways, that was the central theme for my year. My friends becoming friends. My friends introducing me to their friends. I feel more grateful for my people than ever before. I don’t ever want to forget this dinner because my friends mean the world to me.

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I just don’t want to forget. It’s why I journal, it’s why I instagram, it’s why I tell stories- in books, on stages, on the podcast. I don’t want to forget who God really is- to me, to you, to us.

Cheers to all the ways 2017 let us down and lifted us up.

Cheers to all the ways 2018 will do it too.

Cheers to all the things we will choose to remember. In a world where it is easy to forget, we will not. We will remember each other, we will remember the moments that shape us, we will remember the trips and the meals.

And we will remember God. 

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Friends, if you wanna, and if your profile is public, share the link to your favorite instagram post of 2017! I’d love love love to see it! Happy 2018. I’ll see you there. 🙂 

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Auld Lang Instagram… a 2015 recap

on December 31, 2015 in Yearly Review with 5 comments by

Auld Lang Instagram 2015

I used to be really good at this- recapping the year. Ever since I started blogging in 2007 (I know, I’m a senior citizen in this blogosphere), it’s been a favorite pastime.

Here’s the recaps thus far:

2007… before Nashville.

2008… when I moved to Nashville.

2009… before books.

2010… lame excuse for a recap, but better than 2011 and 2014.

2011… I failed to recap, but I moved to Scotland.

2012… books and friends and Scotland, oh my.

2013… busy. That recap makes me feel tired.

2014? Whoopsie daisy. I guess that year just happened. I can’t remember.

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I wasn’t a great blogger in 2015, sorry sorry sorry. I wrote a lot of other words in a lot of other places and I just didn’t sit on the couch and blog as much as I used to. Except right now, watching Gilmore Girls and trolling through my own instagram feed.

I decided to pull a favorite picture from each month, the one that when I passed it, it made me smile and pause and I don’t want to forget it.

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January 2015 — Ecuador with Compassion International!

(The children. And nail polish. Amazing time.)

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February 2015 — IF:Gathering in Austin with my little sister!

(By the way, I’ll be hosting the livestream for all the IF:Locals again this year! Hope you’ll join us, no matter where you are on the planet!)

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March 2015 —  Love between married families and singlets!

(The comments on this instagram post are my favorite of the whole year.)

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April 2015 — A photoshoot with my adorable and gorgeous small group!

(I love them more every time we are together. I don’t know how. But it’s true.)

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May 2015 —  Sick sick sick Annie!

(Here’s why I love this one- though it was awful to be repeatedly sick this spring, it set me on a path towards greater health. Also, because of this, a friend connected me with a healthcare professional here in Nashville who has been an absolute gift from the Lord.)

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June 2015 — Bloom Conference in Hawaii!

(I love these people so so much.)

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July 2015 — US Men’s National Soccer team plays in Nashville!

(I know. My birthday is in July. THAT’S how much I loved this game.)

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August 2015 — Dad and I at the Atlanta Falcons training camp!

(So much fun. Like wow fun. I wish the Falcons would always call me a VIP.)

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September 2015 — Israel!

(I’m guessing you know how I feel about this place and these people.)

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October 2015 — Connecticut with the Lyons family!

(The only mistake was not having apple cider donuts. I still am sad about that.)

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November 2015 — Meeting Davo from Men In Blazers!

(I don’t geek out much, but when I do, it is serious. And well deserved.)

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December 2015 — The Falcons beat the Panthers!

(It was just a few days ago and I could still squeal about it.)

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So many things to celebrate all mingled with hard days and pain and worry and joy. Isn’t that the way of 365 days?

I’ve sat here for a bit today, thinking through the pictures you see, the memories you don’t. I pulled out my two journals from this year and read through the story that God and I have written together this year and I thanked Him for the surprises and the easy days and the hard ones. I thanked Him for the new people that came into my life in 2015, for the men (both married and single) and women and kids, and the way He uses people to make my life exactly where I want to live.

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If you recap your year, please link to your blog post in the comments- I’d love to read it!

And here’s to 2016… may it hold all the things that make you love yourself, your life, your family, your friends, and your God more than you ever have before.

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13 Highlights of 2013

on December 30, 2013 in Yearly Review with 16 comments by

I find it necessary to recap my life at the end of every year. Or, close to at least.

If you’ve got too much time on your hands, here is my 2007 recap and my 2008 recap. In 2009, I didn’t want to officially recap apparently, I barely survived the stress of 2010, and in 2011 I barely survived deportation. 2012 was so fun and today I loved rereading 2012’s best moments.

And now, as I think back on this year, I think of hard days and fun days and sweet days and tired days. But mostly? There is so much to be grateful for in 2013…

JANUARY: I spent a day in Florida with Christine Caine and Joyce Meyer and it changed me forever.

I wrote about that day here, but when I reflect on that day, it shaped my year, my career, my walk with God, and my life in ways that I feel every day. This is me and Christine Caine. She’s a total hero to me.

Christine

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FEBRUARY: I quit eating dairy this month after God really opened my eyes to the importance of treating PCOS like the real disease that it is.

And 10 months later, I’m still living without it and I’m so glad for all the ways God has moved me towards health, though we have many steps to go.

This picture is the morning I decided to quit dairy. I wrote about that day here.

drink

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MARCH: I finished writing Speak Love and signed the deal for the next book that comes out in 2014! 

I spent this whole month writing- finishing a book that God downloaded word for word, starting writing a book that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It took all spring and I cannot wait for you to read it later in 2014.

Here my family and I are celebrating the new book at a restaurant in Atlanta.

family

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APRIL: While traveling and speaking were major parts of my spring (and fall), I also was lucky enough to spend every Tuesday night with my CrossPoint College small group gals.

In April, we spent time telling our life stories and then praying for each other. It was one of the sweetest seasons our group has known.

small group

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MAY: Vanderbilt baseball.

I went to a lot of baseball games. I celebrated the graduation of some of my favorite men. I cheered with the families as the boys played well and I cried with them when their playoff hopes fell apart right before our very eyes and right in on our own ballfield.

I could have never dreamed that I would love a group of guys like I love these. There aren’t words. What God has gifted me in these relationships, in these little brothers, is one of the greatest joys of my life. No kidding.

I love them.

boyz

I also renovated my guest room because remember that book that was so hard to write? I found LOTS OF OTHER THINGS to do besides, you know, write.

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JUNE: My speaking and travel season ended with a conference in Honolulu.

Tough life. I know. It was such a joy to serve the teen girls of Hawaii at the Bloom Conference. Here’s my thoughts from that weekend.

Hawaii

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JULY: I rested.

After I turned in the next book on July 4, I celebrated my birthday with friends, and then headed to the beach. Alone. With books. And a tired heart. It was the quietest few days of my whole life. It was healing and perfect.

beach

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AUGUST: Speak Love released!

Man. I am so proud of this book. I love how God is using it, I love how teen girls are responding to it. I feel so so so lucky to have been the person God picked to be a part of what He is already doing.

On it’s first day of life, I took my copy of Speak Love to the bookstore to meet all her friends.

Speak Love

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SEPTEMBER: The travel and speaking bug bit me like crazy, having me out of town 26 out of 31 days of this month.

Wow + tired. But way more WOW. I could not believe all the doors God opened this month for me to meet friends and speak to teenagers and connect with other people in ministry. An absolute highlight was preaching my first Sunday morning service (three times!) at Rock The Universe in Orlando, Florida. I wrote about that morning, and the marshmallow bricks, here.

bricks

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OCTOBER: We blogged our little hearts out with 31 Ways To Speak Love.

31 ways

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NOVEMBER: Another major travel month, with tons of fun opportunities to meet students, leaders, and independent bookstore owners!

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but one of the highlights of 2013 was the Girls of Grace conference. I love the people. I love traveling with them. And I love the way God is moving in the hearts of teen girls and their moms and leaders.

GOG

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DECEMBER: A day in Athens.

This was a great month of little travel, lots of rest, and tons of sweet time with friends. One of the best days of the month, heck- of the year, was spending last Friday in Athens, Georgia. There were many MANY people that I love dearly in that town that I didn’t get to see since I was only there for ten hours. But the few I did? Life-giving. Heart-filling. Moment-making. It was a day of fresh air moving through my soul.

These are three of my best college/life friends. We met 15 years ago as freshman at UGA. Now? We live in Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, and Prague. And amazingly, we were all able to convene in the same restaurant at the same time on the same day in our old college town. So sweet.

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HIGHLIGHT #13: Learning lessons the hard way.

I excelled at this in 2013. Apologizing. Being humbled. Forgiving others. Forgiving myself. Promising myself that will each lesson learned, through each tear and trial, that I will work to retain the wisdom and not cycle through those lessons again.

Hopefully.

All of it has purpose. You know that, right? All the hard days, all the tired days, all the losses and all the gains, the good days, the best days. Every sunrise of 2013 was meant for us and every sunset to remind us that we survived another day.

Reminds me of Romans 11:36 (NIV).

For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.

To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

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I’d love to hear about your 2013. If you are a blogger, please link to your 2013 recap post in the comments! If you don’t blog, just comment below and tell me some of the things from 2013 that you will never forget.

TOP 12! [a 2012 recap]

on December 28, 2012 in Yearly Review with 6 comments by

You know, my blog-memory isn’t so good. I just tried to look back and find my recaps from each year, thinking “in 2007, I did a TOP 7 list and in 2008 I did a TOP 8 list but for 2012 I can do a TOP 12 list and do one thing from each month!”

And then I saw my 2007 recap.

And my 2008 recap.

And realized that I’m a dufus. I’ve been giving a monthly highlight for a lot of years.

But in 2009, I didn’t want to officially recap apparently, I barely survived the stress of 2010, and in 2011 I barely survived deportation.

So 2012 deserves a legit recap. So here we go!

Psalm 126:3

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

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JANUARY: After returning from Scotland in November 2011, I lived with the Giver family here in Nash while looking for my own home. Our time co-habitating was a bigger gift to me than I can ever describe.

Here’s a post about it. Also, we did puzzles. Puzzles are good for my soul.

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FEBRUARY: I met my small group. How we have been us for less than a year I will never understand because we fit like we’ve been forever.

Here’s a post about them. And here’s a pic from our small group snoozle earlier this month. I love them so much.

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MARCH: I signed the book deal for Perfectly Unique. 

Here’s a post about that day. Here I am signing with my gals. So grateful for them.

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APRIL: Me and the Vandy boyz made our sibling-hood offish. They are my brothers. Amen. I love these guys so much. Don’t even get me started.

Here’s a post about it. Here we are from left to right – Keenan, my rogue necklace, me, and Connor.

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[Also, to be noted, this was my first month as a full-time author and speaker, leaving my Mocha Club job on April 1 after two years. I’m so grateful to my boss, Barrett, for reminding me to be brave. I have been scared and worried and every other emotion, but I’ve never regretted it.]

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MAY: The girls and I went to an Ingrid Michaelson show. While this may seem like a bizarro highlight, the truth is that this story, these girls, this history, they have all meant more to me in the last two years than I can express.

Here’s a post about it. And here we are.

[Also, I talked to John-Boy Walton on the phone. So. That made my life.]

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JUNE: I traveled around the southeast meeting youth group gals in every corner of Dixie. 

Here’s a post about it. And here are some darling gals that I met in Birmingham with Sophie.

BHam gals. . . . .

JULY: Not only did I turn 32 [with joy, I might add], but I got to return “home” to Edinburgh for a few weeks before the craziness of book release fall season began.

Here I am with three of my very best friends who live across the ocean- Esther, Leisa, and Donna.

Scotland besties

Also, the last week of July was this year’s first Girls of Grace event in the lovely city of Phoenix. Here’s a post about it.

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AUGUST: This began my crazy travel season, including weekends in Mississippi, North Carolina, and Oregon. 

Here’s a post about it. And here’s a shot during a Girls of Grace event!

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SEPTEMBER: Perfectly Unique releases to the world!

Here’s a post about it. Truly, this month totally changed my life and I will never forget it. Thank you.

Perfectly Unique

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OCTOBER: I told lots of jokes.

Here’s the list. It was a hilarious month.

31 days 2012

Also, I got to attend and speak at the Influence Conference and Allume Conference. It was mucho fun.

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NOVEMBER: My best friend Betsy turned 30 and we celebrated Parenthood style in her hometown. 

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It was a fun month with Girls of Grace and my travel season ended- my body and friends and dirty house rejoiced that I was home for a bit. 🙂

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DECEMBER: I love the Christmas parties and concerts and time with friends that increases over the holiday season. Nashville is a hotbed for good times in December. It’s my favorite time of year.

Here’s me and some gals at the cooooooolest Christmas party in town.

Christmas gals

Also this month, I got to spend time hanging out with Jennie Allen and we became quick besties. It was hopefully the first of many crazy brainstorming retreats.

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It was a good year. It wasn’t pain free, disappointment free, fear free, heartbreak free, but I am sure glad it happened. There are things that happened that I will never forget- new friendships, dating relationships, new ministry opportunities, hard conversations, surprising moments, dreams coming true, all of it. Even through the hard, as the year comes to an end, my journal is almost as full as my heart.

I am grateful.

Thanks for being a part of my 2012.

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What was the highlight of your 2012? If you write a recap post, link in the comments so we can read about your year!

[PS- I LOVE this recap of 2012 by Regi Campbell. Couldn’t resist sharing it.]

I’m here.

on December 31, 2010 in Yearly Review with 2 comments by

I’m just writing. [for (in)courage….]

And holiday-ing.

And spending time with family.

And partying.

And dancing.

And writing. [some new stuff….]

And resting.

And writing. [That leader’s guide is killin’ me.]

And hanging with friends.

And enjoying all the musicians being home from their tours.

And running. [ugh.]

And laughing.

So all that to say…

I’m here.

I’m just living.

See y’all soon.

2009: The Year I Refused to Recap.

on December 30, 2009 in Yearly Review with 16 comments by

I just can’t do it.

I recapped in 2007. I recapped in 2008.

But there is just something different about 2009.

I’m not going to say I’ve peaked. [Cause good gracious I hope that it’s not all downhill from here.] But without reservation, I will tell you that 2009 so overshot all my expectations, that there really is no way of doing it justice.

These two things are still true: I have no book on a shelf anywhere for you to buy. And I’m still deeply single.

And I tell you those two things to tell you this one thing: I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. Not for a New York Times #1 best seller. Not for the house and the husband and the 2.5 kids.

I want those things. But I want you to know that in my deepest core, down in my “knower,” all I can do is thank God for the good that He so freely gave in 2009. It’s not about what I don’t have, it’s about what I do have.

I saw the world this year- road trip to Waco, Texas, a month in Orange County, California, two weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, a day in London, two weekend trips to Chicago, Macy’s Parade in NYC, girls’ weekend at the beach in Florida, conferences in Mt. Hermon, CA and Charlotte, NC.

I’ve had a gazillion part time jobs and honestly, I have loved them all. Yes, even The Local Taco. It’s been a crazy freelance year. I walked into Anne‘s house one day in July to help her paint after having just lost THREE jobs in the 30 minute car ride to her home. We prayed over our Subway sandwiches that God would work it out. And then I watched as He provided.

I’ve been on the roller coaster of this writing career thing. It’s taken me to some amazing highs and some ice-cream-necessary lows. It’s been nothing that I expected, yet nothing I would change. I’m loving writing for (in)courage, SheSeeks, Susie Magazine, and some top secret things I can’t tell you until 2010. 🙂 But the roller coaster has turned into a slow moving locomotive. And I dig that.

And my friends? My Nash-family? My Marietta family? Don’t even get me started. I’ll be bawling like a baby up in here.

It wasn’t all fun, by any means. I lost my grandmother this year. I crushed on boys that didn’t like me back. I cried tears of frustration and worry and brokenness. I bounced a check. And I sinned. Ugh. That’s for sure.

But it was my 2009. My story.

If I wrote poetry [that I let you see], that would be an appropriate recap for this year. Or a song. Or a painting. Something with creative energy and flow and beauty.

Instead, I direct you to scripture. Because God is a great recapper. 🙂

Lamentations 3

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Amen. No matter what 2010 brings, these words remain true. He is loving. He is my great reward. He is enough.

And for that, I am grateful.

What did you love about your 2009?

2008.

on December 30, 2008 in Yearly Review with 10 comments by

I started a little tradition last year by giving you a photo from each month to summarize the year.  Today you get pictures, tomorrow you get words.  And if you didn’t know me in 07, you can catch up real fast RIGHT HERE.

January- visited Nashville for the first time.  Knew in my heart that I was moving.january

February- Sold my house.  Deep sigh…. I still miss that room.2-february

March- God answers my prayer for one friend at the Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference… by giving me three (and a Canadian pastor).3-march

April- Carys arrives on the scene.  And life is never the same.  I love that girl.4-april

May- Saying goodbye to a career and to a community.may

June- SheSpeaks Conference.  Who knew that some of these ladies would become such dear friends?june

July- Two of my bfries- Katie B and Marie.  I would not have survived our trip to Scotland without them.7-july

August- I moved.  My heart almost didn’t survive it.  Somedays, I still don’t know that it will.  Then this reminds me…..8-august

September- Making friends.  Who are apparently much more receptive to the rays of the sun.9-september

October- Finding community who also happen to love the Georgia Bulldogs.10-october

November- You saw this one coming a mile away.  Oh Cankle.  I don’t miss you.  Cause I’m still paying for you.11-november

December- Parties. And many prayers of thanks for the sweet friends I’ve been given.12-december

So there you have it.  Here are a few personal observations:

– This year’s photos involved a lot of people.  And a wide variety of people.  Which is kinda cool.

– My computer screwed up and saved my pictures from August- December all over iPhoto.  Mainly in 2007 folders.  It was so weird to see pictures of Nash people sprinkled throughout my Marietta world of photos.  Sorta poetic, in a way.

– There are blog posts for most of these pictures, so just use the handy search by month tool on the right if you want to read more [especially about the Cankle.  Gracious, I uber-blogged that puppy.]

– I’m getting all teary, so I need to stop now.  But just know that in all of this, the moving, the selling, the goodbyes, the hellos, the new friends, born and made, the old friends, ever faithful, I am overwhelmed with one emotion.

GRATITUDE.

Dear God,

You surprised me in 08.

You moved me in 08.

You held me in 08.

And You loved me in 08.

Thanks.

Goodbye 007.

on December 31, 2007 in Yearly Review with 6 comments by

A more reflective reflection on 07, huh?

This would be going a lot better if I could think of something really smart to say about 07. But I’ve got nothing. Not because 07 was meaningless, but because I’m having a hard time not contriving words that I think you want to hear. I hate when people do that. Like forced profoundness. I read some things online where it seems that the author’s sole purpose is to stink my computer up with his/her crappy fake profoundness. So I’m working pretty hard at writing things that are entertaining and maybe quasi-meaningful, but I give you full permission to call me out for fake profounding all on your screen.

I really don’t want to make your computer stink.

It’s almost noon, not my most reflective hour. In fact, I’m thinking more about the piles of laundry that I need to attend to, the salad I need to make for our NYE party tonight, and the amount of things I want to clean out of my house if I would only get out of bed at a reasonable hour.

I think I have a sleeping disease.

Ok, I’ve come up with a way to reflect on 07. By month. Now don’t panic. I think this will be short and cool. I’m going to do one picture and one phrase for each month. Then we can kiss 07 goodbye, and this strangely-morphing post.

JANUARY: All things are new. [photo- Jarrett] FEBRUARY: God’s transforming love.MARCH: Resting after the battle. [photo- Phil Wickham concert] APRIL: Enjoying community. [photo- BATL] MAY: Heartbreak. [no photo- a soccer player of mine was killed in a car accident. I loved him dearly and I honestly just can’t put his picture on here again. It still hurts.]

JUNE: Praying big. [photo- proposal to publishing house] JULY: The cornerstone of 07. This is who I always want to be. [photo- in Scotland] AUGUST: Really hot. [no photo- too sweaty]

SEPTEMBER: Goodbye tonsils. [photo- pre surgery. Weird, I know.] OCTOBER: All things working together. [photo- Funny man victory] NOVEMBER: NaBloPoMo and a billion concerts. Awesome month. [photo- Wertz and Barnes]DECEMBER: Something new is brewing. Change is on the horizon. [photo- Stoners in sweaters. I just can’t get enough of this one.]
Overall, 2007 was quality. The birthday I’ve waited my whole life for (07/07/07), lots of laughs, plenty of struggles, some sadness, but a fair share of growth, to be sure.

The truth is that God was good in 07. And I know Him better now than I ever have before.

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good.

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