Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Our Year in Review 2014 + A New Link Up!

2014 - What a great year it's been!

It's true what our mother said...every year as a mom goes faster than the one before.  2014 was fun, but it sure flew by!

Here are our 4 favorite highlights of the year...and some exciting news for 2015!:

1.  Starting the blog together.  We started it so we could build community with other women through sharing everything from Pinterest projects to resolutions to better ourselves to our families' day-to-day real life adventures.  We've loved the people we've met and the community we're a part of.  Next year is going to be great!

Tiny Tim :)  1 week old

2.  Katie added a son to her familyTimothy was born on June 3rd, which now make him almost 7 months old already!  He's a little sweetie - loves to snuggle, eats like a machine, and lights up when he is with his sister Abby.  She calls him her best buddy. :)  It's been great watching their relationship grow!

3. We added more family members as the year went on.  In September, our brother Matt got married to Karissa in a beautiful fall wedding.  (And our daughters got to be their flower girls!)  Then, a few weeks later, our sister Kelly got engaged to Paul at Notre Dame.  It's going to be another fun year of preparing for a wedding in the family!  Welcome to the family, Karissa and Paul!

4.  Jess and her family started the adoption process again.  In July, we became active, and then we just had to sit and wait...and wait.  In November, we had a flurry of excitement and disappointment - getting matched twice with twins and having one fall through within a few weeks.  Currently, we are matched with a birthmother due with twins in early March.  We're so excited, nervous, and praying for God's will to be done.  (Will you please keep us, the birthmother, and babies in prayerThank you so much!)  We look forward to seeing how God will grow our family in 2015!

5.  A new link up for 2015.  We're excited to be hosting a new link up with all of these fabulous ladies starting in 2015!  Tuesday Talk will start on January 6th at 8am EST and run weekly.  It will be a place to share any recent post so that we can connect and make new friendships.  And for our first one, there will even be a few giveaways.... :)  We hope that you will join us!

Here are all of the wonderful hosts of Tuesday Talk:

It's been a fabulous year for us...one full of blogging, our families growing, and lots of fun.  We can't wait to see what the next year brings.  May you and your family have a happy and blessed 2015!

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Sharing my 
Thoughts for Thursday with Natalie and Annie,
5 on Friday/Friday Faves
along with DarciNatashaChristinaApril
KarliAmyAndreaErika, and Narci,  
Week's End with Elizabeth
 Mommy Moments with Faith
Coffee Date with Jenna and Jenna
Saturday Spotlight


  1. It's been so fun getting to know you two over the past few months! I'm not the best at commenting these days but I'm always reading. Prayers and fingers crossed for the twins and all of the exciting things to come in 2015

    1. Thank you so much, Nat! Your prayers really mean a lot to me! I've really loved watching your little family grow this past year too. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed upcoming year! -Jess

  2. You had a wonderful year for sure and I'm hopeful that 2015 brings even more joy to you and your families!

  3. I always enjoy reading these highlight posts - lots of happy memories in 2014. And the Irish wrap up the year with a big bowl game victory!! What a way to end the year on a high note :) It's been fun to get to know you ladies this year and I'm looking forward to participating in your new link up. Happy New Year!!

    1. I'm so glad we have been able to get to know you this year too! There's always a bond in Irish football :) Hope your New Year is truly blessed! -Jess

  4. Looking forward to following along as the due date for the twins gets closer and excited about joining the new link up! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! And thanks for linking up - I loved your post about being present and intentional with your time. Happy 2015...just a few days in! ;) -Jess

  5. What wonderful things that happened over the past year!
    Looking forward to participating and Tuesday talks!!!

  6. Such a great round up! Your girls are CUTE! I'm looking forward to the new linkup!!
    -Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation

    1. Why, thank you ;) We hope you enjoyed the new link up and found some fun new bloggers to connect with! -Jess


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