Exactly a year ago today, I created Peaches and Prayers. So much has happened in this past year. So much has changed, and I know I have grown and learned so much these past 365 days. This time a year ago, I couldn’t have imagined seeing myself where I am right now. Since then, I have learned so much more about myself, as well as seen God work in and around me in so many ways. In this past year, I have moved out of my house in Denton and moved back home with my parents. I went on a 6 week trip to Chile, where I met some amazing people, saw God work in ways I never saw before, and found out more about myself than I ever have before. I began student teaching and experienced the busiest, most stressful semester of college yet. I got engaged to the love of my life and cannot wait to marry him in July! I went to my first drive in theater and went fishing with my family a LOT. Isaac came on family vacation with us to Colorado, as well as to Johnson City for the lighting of the courthouse. My friends threw a surprise party for my 21st birthday and I cried a lot that night. My family and I went to Arkansas for 4th of July where we floated down a river. Isaac and I went to our first rodeo together, then on a long weekend trip to see my aunt in San Antonio. I went to quite a few cross-country meets for my siblings, as well as pretty much every home football game. We all laughed and talked over dozens of card and domino games. And we created memories that I will cherish forever, because I know I have been blessed to have such a wonderful, supportive group of family and friends in my life. This past year I met so many wonderful people, created friendships I will remember and hold dear forever, and have laughed more than ever before. And the best part of all… Even though 2014 is over, I know this year will be even better than the last, if anything because it means I have that many days to bring glory to God.
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Farewell 2014. Here’s to 2015!