2012 I Moments

January 3, 2013
How does life continue to wow you at the end of each year? The miracles and the paths that God lays out for each of us are astonishing, breath taking, really. From 2011 to 2012 and speeding into 2013…
To describe 2012 in one word is would be “firsts.” It was a year of first time runs at some big things in life for a twenty four year old to tackle on her own. I found myself wow-ed that I made it through to be honest. Firsts, they make your heart pound with both excitement and anxiety. For a year of firsts, it was a ride up and down mountain tops with countless peaks and valleys, but definingly (not a word in real life, but I like it) wonderful to say the least.
And now a look at some moments that make it such a ride.
Snorkling with the manatees. These 300 Ton animals in their calm and sweet nature, and to cuddle up right next to them goes on the bucket list. To answer your question… YES, the water was cold.
I landed my very first big girl job and proud of it! I felt like I had accomplished the world and God came through at the moment when I felt that I had truly lost it. So here, proudly employed on my very first day of my very first real life job to be a real live person.
Turning be big 2-4 and having my family and some wonderful friends by my side to celebrate with. Just warning you…. 25 is this year and a quarter life crisis might be on the horizon?
I officially  became an official Floridian. My Indiana plates gave way to an orange in the middle of my white plate (only to clash with my awesomely awesome red cruiser). But while my plates read Florida, Indiana will always ALWAYS be home in my heart.
First trip back to Indiana as an employed woman and was honored to celebrate the wedding of one of my dearest friends and stand by her side as she married the man of her dreams and fearless leader.
First Miami Trip! But more importantly, my dear friend, Kelly, moved to the bustling city and I had the chance to spend a sweet weekend in the tiki bar and the board walks of Miami with her.
Family Vacations are my favorite. They hold so many memories. As we have all gotten older and let the spontaneity in our souls take charge we found ourselves in the mountains of Colorado climbing the most decadent paths.
The moment the plane landed from the mountains of Colorado, I was packing my bags to move into this beauty with two pretty amazing women that I am honored to call friends. Welcome to our home.
Very first Farmer’s Market with rows and rows of the most beautifully colored fruits and veggies. Roaming the streets and taking in the atmosphere, I felt at home.
Moving into a home in a neighborhood means TRICK OR TREATERS! For the first time in our lives, we were able to be the sweet hosts to friends and kid’os to share the festivities with.
Home for Thanksgiving and what a blessing it was. We were able to spend some serious quality time as a family and make our way downtown Indianapolis for the Celebration of lights as the city became packed with thousands of people to sing the songs telling us that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Did you know that you can run outside in shorts and a t-shirt in December in Florida!??? My mind is still blown… Downtown St. Petersburg, participating in the Happiest 5K on the planet, the Color Run.

And with that…. we have the year 2012. A year of firsts. A year of trials and triumphs. A year filled with tears of joy and tears of defeat. A year that has taught me more than I could have every imagined. God was gracious with me. God was good as He always has been. What a year. Thank you for your love. Without each of you, I would be lost.

Cheers to what 2013 has to offer and the roads God will lead me down. I hope your year has started off on the right foot. Face each day like a champ and know that there is purpose and joy in every day.

Until next time…
-kortni marie

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