2013: Year In Review

December 31st, 2013

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Hello all! Yes I am sitting in front of my computer screen on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve as I rummage through my photos from my “2013” file and I am really reminiscing on all of the marvelous things that this year has brought me. Of course, it has not been perfect, but things are really looking up for me. I am finding a confidence building in my work and being as a whole which is bringing a pleasant close to this year. Here in this post you will be able to find my favorites endeavors within this year along with some extra photos I never shared with you! A little behind the scenes, if you will… Here we go!

EARLY SPRING: GRAND HAVEN

I made sure this year that I would try to see more of Michigan, and viewing Lake Michigan during the Winter was no exception! While much colder then it was inland, the views were spectacular along the mitten’s coast!

SPRING: CHICAGO 

I have always found an attraction to the city even from an early age. Chicago has held a special place in my heart which is why I adore this photo overlooking the Chicago river.

SPRING: GR FLOOD

Early April definitely brought the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” to a whole new level when a flood hit the Grand River in Grand Rapids flooding much of the banks along the river. Nothing dangerous to the city other then property damage, but the event brought plenty of Grand Rapids’ citizens downtown to view the impact of the flooding.

BIRTHDAY ENDEAVOR

As a birthday present, my close friend Becca took me out to a local cabaret dinner to listen to some high schoolers perform their own chosen pieces which made my birthday pretty kick ass!

SUMMER: PENNSYLVANIA

The first weekend of the Summer break for American students brought for me a long weekend at my sister’s home in rural Southeastern Pennsylvania! The drive was long but once we were winding in the Pennsylvania mountains, the views were definitely worth it!

EARLY SUMMER: NEW YORK

June of 2013 also brought my little meet and greet with the fabulous city of NEW YORK! I fell in love from my first step off the train onto the Manhattan pavement. I couldn’t wait to return.

EARLY SUMMER: WEDDING

On June 21st, 2013, Annmarie and the love of her life Bradley were joined in marriage in Grand Rapids! The day was so wonderful and the family could not have asked for a better day!

MID SUMMER:

Working a week on the Mississippi at Quad Cities was spiritually cleansing and rewarding to do some charity work.

MID SUMMER: MACKINAC

The annual family vacation to Mackinac Island did not cease to impress my standards of Michigan.

LATE SUMMER: DOWNTOWN SWING

I spent many Tuesday evenings with the gang downtown to find new places to chill and enjoy GROSS(Grand Rapids Original Swing Society)

LATE SUMMER: NEW YORK, AGAIN!

In mid August, I got the chance to reaffirm my love for New York during a week’s visit to my sisters abode in Pennsylvania!

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FALL: CARNIVAL

Fall is a great time for any sort of festival with friends!

LATE FALL: THEATRE

Late fall brought the busy, yet amazing few months of working as a lead for The Princess Bride: On Stage!

WINTER: CHI-TOWN

From a Wander-Lust junkie I felt very blessed that I got to travel to my two favorite cities twice this year! It was a great cap to the year of 2013.

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I know that I couldn’t include every single event that I took part in the year of 2013, but I know for sure that I was grateful to have so many to choose from and these were some favorites! I am ready to relax this evening with some sparkling cider and contemplate about what I want the year of 2014 to bring for me. I hope you have a great, and safe New Years and that 2014 brings you more than you could ever dream of❤

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2012 Year In Review

Well here we are, and yes I am going to start this post by exclaiming how fast 2012 took me by storm. As I get older, I am realizing that time is going by much faster and that leaves me wondering what will make 2013 fly past us. This year I have done so much involving mission work, theater, photography etc. I am making it an even bigger mission to grow in all of these areas for the year to come. Lets see what moments in 2012 really stood out to me.

SPRING: MOUNTAIN GETAWAY VACATION

Our family is not the typical “Michigan-Florida” Spring Break travelers, although we have in the past. When driving to Florida a year before we were quite pleased with the scenery Tennessee had to offer and I got the opportunity to take Julia along with me to the Appalachians in the Spring. Loved that break.

I also went river rafting for the first time on the Pigeon River, and if you are wondering how intense it was, let the picture above justify, and surprisingly we stayed afloat down the whole river.

I STARTED A BLOG? MAY 2012

I have had an internet presence for pretty much since I could log in considering I grew up on social media and the internet. I decided to start blogging so I could share my pictures/experiences with people and grow as a person all around. I had so many things I wanted to try and share that I thought starting a blog like this one would be the perfect way to do it and I can still faithfully say I have not been let down. 🙂

WEST MICHIGAN ART FESTIVAL 2012

SUMMER: LOTS OF TRAVEL

I think the opportunity to go to St. Louis for a week and work in the community and give back was the biggest highlight of my year. It’s crazy because when you get home, everything feels so different and you really realize how much you actually have. Can’t wait to do mission work next summer!

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SUMMER: TO THE BEACH

I loved taking multiple days on the coast of Lake Michigan and Nicki and Julia throughout the Summer. Most of the Summer on the beach in Michigan, you forget that you’re even there!

FALL: MORE DOWNTOWN

Thanks a bunch for those who have read my blog in the past year, and I am making it a mission to document more this year and do more that I can share. I hope you enjoy what ever you plan on doing this New Years and to those who have already had there New Years across the globe! See you next year! 😉