"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I surely can't let the month of January end without posting some of our New Year's Eve pictures and 2013's New Year's resolution.
We spent New Year's Eve day at EdVenture with our sweet neighbors Amy, Cooper, and Jackson. Caroline and Cooper loved ringing in the Noon Year together! My MIL was with us too and I secretly think she had more fun than the children! She did everything that the kiddos did including going into Eddie and sliding down the slide multiple times (with static and all)!
We spent New Year's Eve around our burning barrel! It was cozy! The fireworks we shot later were amazing thanks to our neighbors Amy and Mr. Bill, and of course C's sparklers! I have no idea where Mr. Bill gets his fireworks from but I do think that they are on the side of illegal. They are the kind that you'd see at some fancy show...full of lots of awesome and boom pow! We had a lot of fun for sure!
Every year I make a list of resolutions! The list includes items that I want to try or get better at. I like beginning a new year with bright eyes and new objectives, however, as the year progresses I tend to still do a little of this and a little of that. For example, I wanted to start running. My church offered a running training class and for three months I trained for my first 5K (every Saturday beginning @ 7 am..now that was some dedication). I trained even though I had a prior obligation on the same date as the 5K! I was committed! I loved running but I didn't like the whole walk 1 minute then run for 2, and repeat, etc. It was hard but I loved how I felt afterwards...sweaty, hot, tired, and awesome! After the 5K I had to decide to continue running or not... then June came which =s hot and that didn't work for me no matter what time of day I put my tennis shoes on. So I no longer ran. Sad. Sad. Sad decision. Now that I know all of the effort it took to get my body to run for 30 minutes straight..I can't seem to do it again..at least for right now (however Sam is going to join this year's training class)..He.Can.Do.It! He's already Mr. Fit!
I said all of this to say that I'm not going to make a list of resolutions this year. I'm only going to make one! 2012 has certainly been a great year of growing and learning in many aspects! I'm one of those that wishes if I only would have known what I know now about ten years ago kinda gals. Ignorance is still bliss people!
My one and only new year's resolution for 2013 is to do what is most important in my life. We all have a calling on our hearts from Jesus. I want to know Him more and more each day. I want to tell others of His mercies and grace! I want to do what matters for His kingdom and then everything else will fall into place. Serving Him and teaching others about Him is what matters to this momma's heart! I can't expect anyone else to be this type of an example for my child and her children but me!
This year, I resolve to make much of Jesus by knowing Him and making Him known.
"Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me" (Colossians 1:28-29).

I am not perfect nor do I profess to be but I know that I can't walk through this life without a relationship with Him. God made me and I am accountable to Him. WE.ALL.ARE.! In 2013, what are you offering for God's kingdom?

Cooper and Caroline at EdVenture!

She's shopped till she's dropped!

Sweet friends!

My beautiful baby! I could eat her up!

Ringing in the New Year!
Happy New Year Princess!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Christmas just seemed like it went like it came this year...super fast. I feel like, especially since C's been born, that when Christmas arrives it seems like it was just the previous Christmas. WOW! The older I get the faster it seems the years go.
Anywho, this Christmas came and left behind lots of fun memories with family and friends. I'm treasuring these family/friend fun times more and more (I'll save these thoughts for my New Year's Resolution post).
Here's how The Leviners celebrated Christmas this year.
Christmas began with the arrival of Cinderella, our elf. This is Cinderella's second year being C's elf!  During one visit, one evening, she brought along Jack and a letter! Jack enjoyed hearing all the wonderful things that Cinderella told Santa at the North Pole about C and wanted to see C for himself. He came the night that he was passing through on his way to see Brycen and Braylie!
My family celebrated Christmas at my house this year. Here's Miss Nataleigh! She loves baby dolls! She also loved being pushed around in this toy stroller by C.

Here's Nataleigh's twin brother, Nicolas!
He's a cutie and easy going! My kinda guy!

Loving on my sweet angel baby!
Can't get enough of her!

Kelsey, Nicholas, Caroline, Courtney, and Nataleigh

It just wouldn't be a visit without Big C painting
C's toenails. A Christmas pedi for sure!

C loving her rainboots from Aunt Rhonda!
She wears them all day when she's home!
The Leviners celebrating Christmas at The Longs
with our Sunday School class! It was a blast!

LBC's Young Families Sunday School Christmas party! Love these ladies (several couldn't make the celebration). These gals are pretty special not to mention a lot of fun! Me, Kristen, Amy, Jamie, Rachel, and Holly!

My sweet dear friend Raven held her annual cookie decorating party for Nolan, Morgan Kate, and Caroline! The kiddos had a great time decorating the cookies that Heather made from scratch! They were delish! I think the adults had as much fun (if not more) than the kiddos!
Nolan, Morgan Kate, and C! Love, love, love
these little friends!
Miss Emi! Nolan's baby sister!
She is one sweet angel! She slept through the cookie decorating this year! I'm quite sure that next year she'll be getting down and dirty in the flour and frosting just like the big kids!
It's cookie decorating time!
Ta-da! Beautiful! Yum!
Having loads of Christmas fun making smores @ LBC's Christmas at the Barn at Harmon's Tree Farm.

Aunt R and C decorating cookies! This is my fav pic of these two!
Now on to eating those decorated cookies!

It's snowing at the barn! My recent most fav pic of my girl!
All bundled up and ready for worship!
We love Jesus and are so thankful for His birth!

Some of my favs enjoying celebrating Christmas at the Barn!
This photo booth pic is worth showing twice!
I love, love, love this! We are a silly bunch!

Here's C seeing the lights at Riverbanks Zoo!
It was cold but oh so fun!
It was a treat running into some of Sam's family! We were ready to go when we ran into them but decided to stay 2 more hours! It made for an even more fun night with The Beckwiths, The Macks, and The Toole families!

It's Christmas Eve! We are getting ready to take 40+ Mary Kay Satin Hands Set to Richland's NICU mothers! After our delivery we headed to LBC's Christmas Eve service! By the evening's end we were blessed and our hearts were full!
I say this every year, but I love making our Chrismtas cards and I love getting Christmas cards! Here we are for 2012's!
 Santa came and dropped off presents for a very good little girl all while eating his milk and cookies and writing our girl a special note!
Merry Christmas! Ho-Ho-Ho!
One excited little girl about getting the princess 
barbies! One.Very.Excited.Girl.!

After seeing what Santa brought we headed to the Burg to have Christmas with the rest of the Leviner family! Here's C with Samantha and Anna! Afterwards Samantha read the verses from Luke 2. The story of the baby Jesus. We had a very fun afternoon with this gang of loves!
All the Leviner cousins: Silas, Samantha, C, Anna, Christian, and Franklin! They are a cute looking bunch! After the Christmas festivities these kiddos played for hours outside!

Before C headed off to Boiling Springs to spend time with her big cousins we headed over to the Broadwell's. This had been a three year tradition! Here they are: Caroline, Charlie, Sarah Ann, Anna Claire, Nathan, and Reece! Next year we'll have Sarah Ann and Reece's little brother Carson to join in the big kid fun! Can't wait for Carson to make his debut in about 7 weeks!