Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for a new year and a fresh start. Today, I’m sharing your most loved items from 2023 and my year in review.
Your Most Loved from 2023 & My Year in Review
Wayne and I started the year traveling to the southernmost point of the United States in Key West, Florida. We traveled in our RV, and it was a great trip. The only part we didn’t enjoy was traveling there and back through the cold weather. We love to camp, but we prefer to camp in hot weather!
My nephew, Jonathan Hutcherson, is a country music singer/songwriter, and he started touring in 2023. My sister and I went to the first two concerts of 2023 in Illinois and Ohio and had so much. It was some fun sister time, and we got to support Jonathan, too!
By March, I was ready to style spring clothes, but Kentucky weather is still cold, so I met my friend Jo-Lynne Shane in Jacksonville. We hired a photographer and took spring pictures. Plus, Jo-Lynne and I love getting together and catching up. We met in 2010 at a blogging conference, and we’ve been friends ever since.
Wayne and I went to Florida in early April with friends. We enjoyed a relaxing week in the Rosemary Beach area.
I also traveled with my cousin and her daughter to Atlanta, Georgia, for a Little Big Town concert at the Fox Theatre. Jonathan opened for them, and it was so good.
I love the month of May! The weather is starting to warm up, and we are spending a lot of time outside. This picture is of most of my Mom’s family. Jonathan came to Lexington for a concert, and we all came and supported him. It was such a fun night!!
June was a busy month behind the scenes. We put our house up for sale and sold it within a week. We started packing and getting ready for our move. I wrote about this house and all the memories HERE.
What a month! We moved, and while I thought it would be easy (we were organized and packed), the move was overwhelming. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re older, but seeing all the boxes in every room made me anxious. I wanted it all put away quickly, but unpacking takes time. We got through it, but I don’t want to see another moving box anytime soon!
We spent most of August trying to settle in our new home. August is my birthday month, and it felt like I celebrated all month. I had a color analysis done on my birthday by Sarah Fox here in Lexington. I was pretty sure I was a winter, and she confirmed it!
We also spent as much time as possible outside. We have a pond in our front yard, and the guys did a lot of fishing. Wayne and I started heading out after dinner every night and feeding the fish.
In October, we made a few changes to our new home, including the backsplash in our kitchen. I love the way this turned out!
Wayne and I celebrated 32 years of marriage and spent one night in a treehouse. Staying in a treehouse was on our bucket list, so check that one off!
We spent November getting ready for the holidays. It was our first Thanksgiving and Christmas in our new home; we loved it and created lots of sweet memories.
December is busy both professionally and personally for me, but I ended the month with so much thankfulness. I am thankful for Jesus, family, and friends, and I’m thankful for this job. You all make my job fun, and I’m so humbled to have a space here on the internet where I get to connect with so many of you. I count it a tremendous blessing!
I’ll end today’s post with your most loved items from 2023. Some of these have been top sellers for several years!
2024, here we come!
Beauty For the Heart™– Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14b
Truth: After the decree to kill the Jews was given, Mordecai and Esther could have despaired, decided to save only themselves, or just waited for God’s intervention. Instead, they saw that God had placed Esther in her position for a purpose, so she seized the moment and acted.
Like Queen Esther, God has you where you are for such a time as this. You are where you are, not by chance but by design. You have a purpose, so begin the new year knowing God is with you. Go shine His light!
Let your beauty shine from the inside out today!
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