Friday, December 27, 2013

#shayeveryday2013 in review!

Can you believe Shay Every Day 2013 is almost over???  I have had the most fun posting one picture every day that either represented what I did that day or just a special moment from that day.

I have loved looking back over this last year and seeing all of these happy moments.  Here's the thing though...2013 wasn't all sunshine and roses.  I cried a lot, my feelings were hurt, I was angry, I was stressed, I was tired, I was a normal mom with normal problems.  That being said, I really try and find some piece of happiness and joy in every single day God gives me.  Some days sucked this year...but I manged to squeeze out a tiny piece of happiness in a silly photo.  I highly recommend you document your life in 2014.  It has been such a blessing to have my year in pictures and of course, I will be doing it again next year.  #shayeveryday2014 comin' your way January 1 :).

Here are some of my favorite days...

I mean...let's be honest, I'm still kind of in shock that on Day 7, my brother starred in the Bachelor.  Weird doesn't even begin to describe it.  He is totally just my little brother...so all of this hoopla is kind of surreal.


On Day 10, we put our house on the market.  Now, one year later, I can absolutely see God's hand in everything but at the time, I was pretty nervous.  We didn't have a rental, we hadn't started building...stressful.  I'm so happy to be on this side of that day.


On Day 43, I saw Kidd Kraddick for the last time.  He passed away a few months later. I will always remember his kindness to me and all of his faithful listeners over the years.


I took Kensington to Fenway Park for her first time on Day 129.


My friend Brooke took one of my cakes to her mother-in-law's house on Day 153...which is kind of a huge deal since her mother-in-law is Paula Deen :).


The hubs and I took off for a two week vacation to Spain, Italy, France and Monaco on Day 187.


On Day 234, the September issue of Southern Living arrived in my mailbox...signaling the beginning of fall!


On Day 235, we announced to the world that the Shull family is expanding by one more.  A little girl who right now is an orphan but one day soon, will forever be a Shull.  Ashby London Shull :)


We kicked off the Christmas season on Day 336 with our annual carriage ride!


But if I'm being honest...my very favorite day of the year was this one...


...on Day 303, my Red Sox won the World Series :).

While looking back over the last 365 days, I did notice some trends...











Other than that Red Sox victory (which is really hard to beat!), here is what I'll remember most about 2013...

I will always look back and remember that in 2013, I was able to spend every day with my sweet kids.  I know for a fact that these are the very best days of my life.  I am so thankful for my little family.  At night, when the 4 of us are tucked away inside, no matter what kind of day we have all had, I have such a peace that God has me right where He wants me.

I know many of you will remember 2013 with great loss and sadness and for that, I am truly sorry.  I have had years marked by tremendous loss and sadness...and I know I will have many more in the future.  Prayers for all of my friends who will remember 2013 with a heavy heart.  

When I look ahead to 2014, I am very optimistic.  We will hopefully be bringing Ashby home and moving into our new house...vacations are already planned and Kensington starts kindergarten...it should be a huge year for the Shull 4 (5).  That being said, I really don't know what the future holds for 2014 but I am confident in the Lord's plan for my life.  My peace and joy come from Him.

Here's wishing you a wonderful and blessed New Year! 

Lots of love!

To keep up with me this year, follow me every day on Instagram @mixandmatchmama

 #shayeveryday2014

And today, I have your New Year's Eve menu up on my foodie blog!  Click here.





34 comments:

Angela Ellingson said...

What a beautiful year it has been! Love that you always find joy and gratitude even in the not-so-good days! May we all strive to do the same!

Andrea Munding said...

What a great year for you all! Happy 2014!

Danielle Morman said...

Wow! This post was really heart touching to me. I unfortunately will remember part of 2013 with a very heavy heart - the loss of my grandfather. But on a lighter note, I too sold my house and am building a new one!! I pray that 2014 will bring my many blessings including moving into my house and a very hopeful first pregnancy (after fertility). I just know that 2014 is going to be a special year for my family! So Shay, thank you so much for sharing your life with so many and being such an inspiration! I am absolutely going to document my life daily with all things positive around me so that I can reflect on exactly how blessed life has been for in 2014 ! Merry Christmas and a very happy new year! - Danielle

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Oh How I LOVED this post!!!!! So fun to take a look back! Love you friend!

Elaine Welte said...

What a sweet post! It's such a fun way to look back at your year! I'm wanting to do the same thing this year- we'll see!

Elisha Kearns said...

great pictures!! you had a great year!

Amy Flemister said...

So neat to look back at your year! I admire you for focusing on the positive of each day. I know not every day is full of sunshine and roses for you or me or anyone but it says a lot that you focus on the good!! This is going to be one of my New Years resolutions.

Sara Laverty said...

Thanks for sharing your life with the world, Shay! You are such a bright spot on the internet! :) I love your philosophy of making sure to find the bright spots in every day - I try to do the same! :) Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year's celebration and here's to a great 2014 for us all!! :)

Liz/happymommy said...

Oh I really LOVED this post! I have SO enjoyed following your Shay Every Day over on ig and am so glad you are doing it in 2014 as well. You are truly blessed and have so much to be thankful for! Love your blog and your sweet family and am really happy I found your blog as it brings me mush joy reading it each day! Happy 2014, may it be even better than 2013 with hopefully bringing sweet Ashby home!

Slightly Askew Designs said...

I know I tend to use a lot of hyperbole... but this may seriously be my favorite post ever. EVER. :) Love how you can find joy in every day no matter WHAT (or who!) and can't wait to do 2014 with you!

Jennifer Cannon said...

What a sweet little post!!!
Love this one, and your Shay everyday pictures is something I always look forward too on Instagram!! So glad your doing it in for 2014!

We are all so blessed aren't we?
Xoxo
Jennifer

Marty said...

I'm so thankful that I found your blog. I love your enthusiasm for life. And, as one of your "older mom" readers, I appreciate the way you share your faith in the every day moments. There's nothing more important. Bless you.

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Oh what a very sweet post! You and your family make me smile. Your joy comes through in every single photo!

lisamcmil said...

I love this. 2013 will be a year for my family to remember with a fair share of good and terrible. I only wish I had started the pictures this year, I will definitely be adopting this in the new year. Thank you for your upbeat and positive attitude. It is very refreshing to read everyday! As it is so easy to dwell on the bad, you are a nice reminder to focus on what is important. Happy New Year, I hope it is a blessed one

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Shay!

Thank you for sharing your past year with all of us. I find you and Sheaffer's blogs very enjoyable to read. I like that the focus is on the 'bright side' of everyday life. Your great spirit and appreciation for your family and good friends is appreciated by all of us!

Wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed New Year!

Liz/happymommy said...

You don't have to publish this but just wanted to tell you that I bought a bottle of the Vanilla Bean Noel lotion from Bath and Body this year and then I went back and practically bought the whole store out of it...BEST smell EVER.....thanks for recommending!!!

Erin and Josh said...

Thanks for letting us all into your life through this blog! Love your perspective, optimism and how you point to Christ!

Jaren said...

So I kind of teared up with this Shay!! So sweet! What an awesome year, and I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. My biggest take-away from your blog would be how you've helped me to celebrate and rejoice in the little things. Thank you Shay! God definitely speaks through you. May you and your family have a very blessed 2014, and I can't wait to follow along!

Julie Joy said...

Love this 2013 recap! You have such a beautiful little family! Lots of exciting happenings!

erin rich said...

You are amazon and inspiration. I always love reading your blog. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for always sharing. You truly are an inspiration. I always enjoy reading your blog.

Brandi said...

Such a beautiful year! My days mostly consist of wake up-go to work-home from work-sleep, so I don't know how exciting pictures of my every day might be, but I might give it a try :)

Aaron and Shannon said...

I have loved your every day posts and plan to do it next year! Thanks for keeping it real and sharing your life stories!

Little Pink Rose said...

I love that you post pictures for everyday. I also love that you find a bright spot for everyday no matter what you're going through. I have always tried to be that way. I play the blessed game, where I always find a blessing in all things. I have never not been able to find a blessing. That's how good our God is. Your blog makes me smile everyday. Thank you for being a bright light to so many. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Prayers for your precious daughter to get home soon. I remember how difficult the waiting is. We adopted our son and I just wanted him in my arms. I promise that the wait is worth it. Trust that God's timing is perfect and he's growing you even as you wait. God bless you and your family!

One Crazy Blessed Mama/Boozer Bunch said...

I love this post and have loved seeing you everyday Shay pics!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

What an awesome year you have have. Even though some days can be tough and other days can be awesome, we know that God is with us during the good and the bad. That is what I remind myself each day :) Looking forward to your everyday Shay in 2014!

Olivia said...

This was neat Shay! I think I'm going to take your advice and document 2014. I'm always taking pics anyway on my phone and this is a great way to combine them all and look back on the year! Looking forward to 2014! Now gotta come up with a clever name for it :)

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

Girl, what a gift you have been given in ministering to others through your blog. I pray that others who might not know Him become curious and that the Holy Spirit could prick their hearts through your words!!!

Thank you for spreading his love while still admitting that sadness and heartache do happen!

Thankful for you!!!

xx
Elise

Heather @ Notes from the Nelsens said...

Love this recap! I did a #summerdays2013 blog series, but am now going to document the whole year after reading this post! I gave you a shout-out for the idea in my 2013 recap. ;) I totally agree- not everyday is sweet, but there is something sweet in everyday that makes us appreciate what we do have. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your sweet family!

~Heather
http://notesfromthenelsens.blogspot.com/2013/12/in-2013-we.html

Angie and Clay Campbell said...

You have inspired me!! Such a blessing to read your blog.

Angie and Clay Campbell said...

You have inspired me! Such a blessing to read your blog. I'm excited to start the 365 pic challenge!

Meghan said...

Great recap!
WIll you be doing another year of 52 shades of shay? I always look forward to those posts.

Lauren @ My Slice of Life said...

I have always enjoyed your everyday posts and as a new blogger it was one of the series that I knew I wanted to incorporate into my blog. Thanks for reminding us that we can find joy in all our days! Looking forward to 2014 and what it has in store!

Amanda Bajin said...

I feel so blessed to have been introduced to you and Shaffer's blog in 2013 by my dear friends. The two of you have inspired me in just so many ways. Your everyday posts were so sweet and I'm so excited to create my daily posts, as so many others out there are too!
Thank you for opening up your life, your family, your faith to the world...you are making magic happen.
Thank you. xoxo
Amanda from DC

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