Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Top Ten of 2013

In thinking about the upcoming new year, I had to take a moment and remember the old year I am leaving behind. 2013 had many sad moments and yet so many triumphant, victories. I thought I would list my top ten favorite moments from the year.

So here they are: My Top Ten Favorite memories from 2013:

10. Visiting family in Pennsylvania to celebrate my son's thirteenth birthday, "Blessing My Thirteen Year Old" and visiting family in Lynchburg to celebrate my niece's thirteenth birthday, "13th Birthday-13 Presents."

9. Visiting dear friends in Blountville, TN, family in Nashville, and having precious time with my best friend in Tennessee.

8. Ordering the Torch Lighters series and the new Superbook series and watching one movie each Friday night as a family. Learning about the martyrs and heroes of our faith has been an incredible study for us as a family. Watching and learning about such incredible, faith-filled, humble and obedient Christians has touched our lives and our own faith.

7. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus through my blog, outreaches with my church and simply with people where ever I went has been such a complete joy to me.

6. Hubby and I began working on my autobiography, "Hope Eternal: My Journey From Brokenness to Blessing"  AND working on publishing a Pre-School curriculum I have written and illustrated.

5. Surprising our children with season passes to Busch Gardens and going every week over the summer! Each time we went was a new adventure and another opportunity to thank Jesus for His great love and provision.

4. Beginning to exercise, eating right and loosing weight. (Fit by Forty___? and Mangia! Death by Pasta).

3. Three of our children made the decision to be water baptized. It was a wonderful time out at the beach with friends and church family. My four-year-old little boy said, "I want everyone to know that I love Jesus."

 2. My Grandfather-in-law regained his health, left the convalescent home and is now living back in his home. Also, on a health note, finding out that I don't have cancer. (Consider it Pure Joy!)

And the number one favorite memory of 2013 is:

1. Finding Grace Church and becoming a member. Through the pastor and his wife at Grace Church I have learned so much about what it means to give grace and receive it. How to love one another and receive love. I have gained the most precious friendships and am continually looking forward to more of Jesus.

I CANNOT wait to see how much more I will learn and grow in 2014! I am an incredibly, blessed woman and know that God has more for me and my family in 2014! Many blessings to you and your family! Happy New Year!


  1. Love it Ellen! I'm very happy for you and your family. I wish you a very happy, healthy, blessed New Year for you and those you love.

    1. Thank you so much Jen and the very same blessings for you and your family =)