2013 {Year in Review}

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I host my second annual Favorite Things party

We celebrate Robb's 29th birthday!

Sadler starts Kindermusik class


We spent a weekend at an indoor waterpark in Indiana. 

We celebrate Brenham's 5th birthday by taking the boys to Disney on Ice

And we donate blankets to the Helen Devos NICU that we collected from blog readers, friends and family in Brenham's memory.  


Whole family goes to to Indy for a work convention 

Robb spends a few days in Kentucky for another work convention. 

I take a 4 week Food Revolution class on healthy ways to feed your family 


Have a visit with Grayden's birth dad.

Sadler turns 2!

We find out we are expecting our miracle baby!

My aunt Laurie passed away

Easter Sunday 


Robb and I spend a weekend in Tennessee for the Orphan Care Summit

Grayden turns 4!

Celebrate Mother's Day with my 2 precious boys, and baby in my belly!

Grayden's last day of 3-School


We take our first camping trip in our new trailer to Dutch Treat for the weekend.

We celebrate Father's Day at the campground!

We spend a week camping at Hungry Horse. 

Sadler spends some time in the ER at HDCH for hand, foot and mouth disease. 


I spend 4th of July weekend home on bed rest due to heavy bleeding. 

We spend lots of time at the cottage

I take Grayden to see Turbo, his first movie theater experience. 

We spent a week camping at TriPonds

We host a Back to School Bash with some friends!

We visit the zoo!

Gray has his first cavity filled.


We spend Labor Day weekend at the cottage

Gray starts Preschool 

We celebrate my 28th birthday

Robb and I spend a weekend in Traverse City


We spent a weekend in Amish town (Shipshewana, IN) with my family. 

Sadler moves from a toddler bed to a twin bed!

We celebrate 5 years post kidney transplant
Robb and I celebrate 8 years of marriage

Grayden rides on a float with his preschool class in the PumpkinFest parade

The boys have a special part in the Orphan Sunday service at church. 

We spend Thanksgiving Day with family

I spend 2 weeks on bed rest with frequent hospital visits for monitoring due to frequent contractions and risk for preterm labor


We welcome a daughter, Jovie Breann, into our family!

We celebrate our first Christmas as a family of 5!

Thank you, Lord for blessing us so richly in 2013.

I thank you for keeping our family safe, I praise you for our health, and for restoring our bodies when we’ve been sick. Thank you for our jobs and for providing all that we need, and more. Thank you for the awesome opportunities we’ve had to tracel and see the beauty you’ve created around us. Thank you for our children and blessing us with them. We especially thank you for the healthy birth of Jovie and blessing us with her miracle pregnancy. All glory to you, God!  Thank you for our marriage and for giving us 8 wonderful years together. Thank you for all the fun times we’ve spent this past year with friends and family and for the blessings they are in our lives.  I thank you for the opportunity you've given me in 2013 to grow with you spiritually and to trust you more through some difficult and uncertain times we faced.
Lord, I pray for your protection over our family in 2014, and for continued health and happiness. We look forward to what your plan holds for us in the coming year. We know whatever comes our way, you will be there through it all. Help us to live our lives in a way that may please you in the year to come.

*photo credit: bee tree photography

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4 Responses to “ 2013 {Year in Review} ”

Brooke said...

Beautiful family!! Thanks for sharing, Happy New Year!! God Bless:)

Beth said...

Happy New Year to the Lubbers from Alabama!!!! Hope 2014 is your best year yet!

Andrea said...

So excited for your sweet family! One question - where did you get your maternity swim suit? I'm due this August and already searching for something to cover my growing bump this summer :)

Kate @ When Hello Means Goodbye said...

Thank you and congratulations!
I got the suit from target but its actually not maternity, I got it a couple years ago and it's my favorite suit, still!