2014… Year in Review

Wow… what a year!  I don’t know about you but 2014 seemed to just FLY by for this little family!  Looking back to where we were a year ago, I had BIG dreams for the year 2014.  But with a little patience, a little persistence, and maybe even a little luck, I can honestly say that I just about got everything I had hoped for and then some.

If you recall, last year I came up with the following New Year’s Resolutions:

2014 Resolutions

Adventure was definitely the right word for 2014 because it is exactly what we got!  It all started with the buying of our first home together back in April, just 5 days after my birthday.  Here is the photo taken out front on our lot the day we went under contract to start building.  And underneath it is the beautiful, finished house we now get to call home.  In case you missed any of the progress in between, here’s a look back to the previous posts: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and the final reveal.  {We are still working on the inside decor… more posts to come in the new year, I promise!}

new lot

finished house

Next up on our 2014 adventure was our trip to Europe where we spent 4 1/2 weeks traveling through various parts of 7 different countries: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and England.  It was the trip of a lifetime and definitely the start of more European travels to come.  ;)  And because we literally took THOUSANDS of photos while over there, I have yet to post anything from the trip thus far.  In fact, I haven’t even seen the photos we took yet because I’ve been SO busy with other things.  :(  But it is definitely on my list of things to do, so hopefully a post will be coming in the near future with some European eye candy of all of the great places we visited.  For now, you can follow me on instagram and see some of  our daily snapshots from the trip.

europe bound

Adventure number 3 came immediately following my trip to Europe.  From England, I flew directly to South Africa to spend 4 more weeks out of the country, studying abroad for grad school.  Again, it was the trip of a lifetime and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go.  South Africa is an absolutely beautiful country filled with amazingly beautiful people.  If you ever get the chance to go, take it… you won’t regret it!


Last but not least, we got one more start of an adventure when we found out we were expecting in late August.  We are beyond thrilled and can’t wait to meet our little man come early May 2015.  So the adventures will definitely continue into the new year!


Speaking of the new year, it’s time to switch gears a little.  While I wanted to do a quick recap of all of the great things that happened for our now growing family in 2014, I also wanted to share some of my new hopes and dreams for the year 2015.  Last year, I found the adorable New Year’s Resolution planning sheet pictured above at Thirty Handmade Days.  She has updated it for 2015, and it is still my favorite yet, so click the link below to be redirected to her site for your own copy!


{Thirty Handmade Days}

In filling out next year’s resolutions, I wanted to stay true to myself, however, I also wanted to challenge myself to strive for a few new goals.  Traveling is still something very important to me… and it is something I believe is still VERY possible once our little one arrives.  I can’t wait to plan our next worldly adventure and for him to experience that journey with us!  Photography is also something still very important to me… and even though I didn’t have much time {or make much time} for it due to grad school, I definitely have plans to pick back up where I left off with it once I graduate in May!  Last but not least, balance and relaxation are still two things I need to work on in the new year as I still have yet to master those goals. So, without further ado, here is how I filled out my sheet for 2015’s New Year’s resolutions:


What goals do you have for yourself?

Wishing you a very happy New Year… see you in 2015!

Crafting a life homemade,


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