2013 had some fine moments. Here are some highlights:
10.) This quote has framed my New Years Resolution: “My dear Jesus, my Saviour, is so deeply written in my heart, that I feel confident, that if my heart were to be cut open and chopped to pieces, the name of Jesus would be found written on every piece.” Ignatius
9.) This recipe for Monster cookies:
Soft-Most-Amaxingly-Delicious Monster Cookies
1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 peanut butter chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Start by combining the butter, brown and white sugars in a large bowl using a hand/stand mixer or your own brute strength. Add the peanut butter, stir again. Add the egg, stir, vanilla stir.
Measure in the baking soda and flour and stir just until combined. Stir in the oats, m&ms, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
Scoop using a cookie scoop or two teaspoons measuring about 2 tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat mat or sprayed with cooking spray (just in case). Press down gently as they do not spread on their own.
Bake for 9-10 minutes but no longer. You want these to stay soft. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes then move to a cooling rack.
8.) This vacation to the Greenbrier with my mom, C Bear and Baby Girl. Our best Annual Ladies Christmas Trip so far.
7.) This opportunity I had to speak/This video my husband made:
6.) This picture of us as a family (Thank you Jessica Smith Photography):
5.) This song by Tenth Avenue North.
I’m Tired I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes
To keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left
Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart
That’s frail and torn
I wanna know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Cause I’m worn
4.) This video my brother made.
3.) “Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in His sight.” 1 Chronicles 19:13
2.) This amazing man. (Thank you again Jessica Smith Photography!)
1.) This blessing. This precious face.