Another year has come and gone.
I always think it is good to look back and see what we did that mattered enough to us...
to take some pictures.

It seems...
a lot of my year was taken up with Mennonite Girls Can Cook...
and camping.

There were cooking classes.

Our family had a  few unexpected doctor and dentist visits.

It seems our family has a theory that there is nothing a good noodle can't fix.

I also admit that dressing up the five of them brings me joy.

A trip to see the beach is always good and a little time alone there with my beloved.

Seeing the Celebration book fill tables in book stores was exciting...

and wonderful to share with these wonderful women I am blessed to call my friends.

There was a bit more travelling this year.
Anneliese and I went to Toronto.

It was an amazing opportunity to tell our story.

Kathy and I tried our hand at making walking tacos on Breakfast Television.

We had a wonderful time as a group going to Winnipeg to do some book signings and see Betty and Charlotte.

It was wonderful to be together and enjoy some time to celebrate again.

A few of us also went to Saskatoon to do several book signings there and Kathy and I also went to Phoenix to the Mennonite Assembly convention.

We had our annual family weekend away at Harrison Hot Springs.

There was some ATV riding.

There was some bathing in campsites.

There was some rock painting....

and  a little bit of unsuccessful gopher hunting.

I enjoyed a few bubble baths...

and the new sport of BMX in our family.

There was a ATV trip up to Larson Hill with our farming community friends.

There was my month of Thankfulness.

Some days we ate like kings and on other days enjoyed simple meals of wiener roasts.

We found ourselves back on the kitchen stage at the West Coast Women's Show.

We went to Calgary to sign books and visit our Auntie Hilda and Uncle Lou and their very fun family.

We cut down a Christmas tree...

and packed up cookies for our first ever Christmas Cookie Class.

Near Christmas there  was a ballet recital... which I loved.

There was a snowfall that had me excited...
and him heading out to clean the driveway.

And now here we are on the last day of 2013.

We are so thankful again for God's hand on us and our family.

Thank you to each of you for coming along with me each day.
You have been such an encouragement to me so often.
I am amazed at how much I have learned from each of you as  I read your blogs and you share parts of your life with me.

Wishing you and your family all the best for 2014!


  1. Wonderful recap of a blessing packed year! Happy New Year!!

  2. I loved this . . . going through the year with you ... both in real and now in review!
    I'm amazed as to what all got packed in . . . on the scene and behind the scenes!
    Wishing you and yours God's blessing as you continue to make precious memories
    , , , held in HIs hands.

  3. Loved pausing at each photo....such wonderful memories you've documented. God has once again been faithful.....and He will remain faithful every day in 2014 as well. May His mercy and goodness follow you and your family in 2014. Ready to bring the new year in:)

  4. I am amazed at how many photos reflected Celebrations Times centered around our Book.
    May you enjoy God's richest blessings through the New Year and may 2014 be something worth Celebrating! Your family photos are truly model the purpose of your blog title, 'What Matters Most"

  5. A year of Celebrations indeed! Your book has been such a blessing in so many ways. Just gave my Becky her copy this Christmas and she loves it! Lovella, you have been such a blessing to me and I feel so privileged to have met you and to read your amazing blog. Thank you for your support on my wee blog.
    May you and yours be blessed with much happiness and health in 2014!!

  6. Wow! What a year! And I know that that's not everything. You must eat your Wheaties. Love seeing your life and all that is going on in your corner. Those grands sure are a delight!

    A Happy New Year to You!

  7. It has been a joy for me to be on the journey with you. God has done great things in your life and He has given you a creative gift to be able to share it in a way that one feels like they are a small part of your life. Thanks for blogging.


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