December memories – 2022

The first post of 2023 and the last review of a month in 2022!

The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Proverbs 21:21

Things worth remembering

  • cohosting a 12 days of Christmas poetry challenge on Instagram with my friend Alexandria
  • family time and baby snuggles
  • visiting Chicago for the first time
  • Christmas shopping with Brother #1
  • surviving the blizzard-y weather and re-learning how to navigate ice with a tractor and mixer
  • getting my car stuck for the first time
  • seeing some gorgeous sundogs on Christmas Eve morning
  • not hitting the unsuspecting man at the bottom of the sledding hill (I knew my habit of screaming would come in handy sometime)
  • highly competitive games of floor hockey and Spoons
  • jumping on the junk journal wagon with a LITERAL junk journal

We meet no ordinary people in our lives.

c.S. Lewis

What I’ve been reading

A Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp

The Eucharist invites us to give thanks for dying. To participate in His death with our own daily dying and give thanks for it.

I love the raw honesty and poetic beauty of this book.

Between Two Worlds – Cheyenne van Langevelde

“Sharing thy concerns with someone is never a burden. It is only a burden upon thyself and other people when thou holdest it all in.”

It had been a while since I’d read a book set in the Roman empire, so it was fun to switch things up again!

Life is so urgent, it necessitates living slow.

Ann Voskamp

From the journal

You have asked me to stick out like a sore thumb in Your name!

Oh, Lord, give me the fortitude of mind to heed the homing call in my heart that screams for eternity.

My attitude towards dealing with my shortcomings and blatant sins has been to roll in the shame, instead of saying “in which we also once walked” and filling my mind with what God loves.

Now for the question you’re probably tired of hearing by now…what are you looking forward to in 2023?

Photo by Elisa H on Unsplash

12 thoughts on “December memories – 2022

  1. Laurel, first of all, I love your heading picture! The snow in nature makes for a lovely composition! I also adored the verse you shared – what a wonderful reminder to pursue righteousness as God has laid it out in His Word! He is so good!
    Now you have me curious – what is involved in working on a junk journal?

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    1. Ahh, I’m so glad you like it!! I really enjoy it…wish I could take the credit for it! XD
      Oh, yes…I love that verse, too. A friend sent it to me when I was having a rough time. ❤
      I'm just getting into junk journaling, but it's basically compiling a bunch of fun paper elements and other odds and ends in a pretty book! I'm using mine to try to pin down memories, but lots of people do them just because they're pretty. Here's the link to the information video I watched to get started on making mine!


  2. One Thousand Gifts is so good! My bestie sent it to me a couple years ago and it really made me think.

    I love this: “not hitting the unsuspecting man at the bottom of the sledding hill”

    Definitely something to remember. 😜

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    1. Oh, thank you! ❤
      Ahh, those are some wonderful things!! Oh, goodness…I'm really looking forward to getting out on some more hikes, and seeing some of my writing projects fleshed out. I have so many ideas right now, and it's exciting to have a little bit of experience behind me and see a bit of what I'm capable of doing in God's strength!

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      1. You’re welcome Laurel! ♥️
        Thank you!!! Eek! That’s amazing!!! It’s going to be amazing seeing your writing grow and take form with God’s guidance & strength! I always say that God is my writing partner, because He is. I couldn’t be writing and doing these stories without Him! I’m so thankful for him!!! ☺️🙌🏻♥️
        I can’t wait to hear more about your writing & future stories!!! ❤

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      2. I love that Laurel!!! Same!I don’t know how I’d do anything without Him.
        Aww, you’re welcome, Laurel!! 💛 I love your blog and getting to connect with you here! ❤

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