Tuesday, January 1, 2013

All things NEW. (and a winner)

Oh friends.... Happy NEW year!  Did you all ring in the night with sparkly drinks and festive fun?  We sure tried, and this was probably the best New Year's Eve in a long time... (Do you remember when I said New Year's Eve always kind of sucked for me?)  I have to laugh though, because it never quite looks how I imagine it in my head. But to be honest, as I look back over the past year, that pretty much sums up life, ya know?  We make our plans but in the end, things go how they go.  (Enter Sasha, work in progress.)
 Today we spent the day taking down the tree and remaining decorations- and Daisy is losing her puppy coat so there was dog hair every where.  It was gross.  Here are a few Instagrams from the past two days; (and I have to say it was really weird to not take a 365 photo for today!  I'll post December in a couple of days.)  Upper left- my January chalk art, then moving clockwise photos of yesterday, a make-shift puppet theatre for some crazy hoodlum plays, mid-cleaning with a cabinet in a fun new spot, booting the tree out, and finally Adrain and I partying it up with our kids and apple cider.

(Find me on Instagram @ Lemonademakinmama)
 This year, my goal is to be expectant.  The past few years haven't gone at all how I thought, planned, hoped or prayed they would.  In 2012 I wrestled with my faith a lot.  I wrestled with even wondering if God could care less about my life, me... my man... our future- all that.  It was hard.  It was rock bottom sometimes.  A hard, brittle heart and spirit wanted to close in on me.  It forced me to do the work.  It forced me to come face to face with the core of my heart and in the end I chose hope.  I am owed nothing in this life... and yet I serve a God of miracles.  This year, my heart is in my throat as I offer Him my thanks for the story He has written for me up to this point, my heart is softened and expectant, and I know I haven't reached the end.  I can't wait to see what 2013 brings. 
  Last night as the night began to wind down, I downloaded a book that is sure to once again be a life changing read- It's called Plan B.  I can not wait to finish it, as so many of the words have spoken to me already. 

I decided to forget about making resolutions this year.  I have goals and hopes... but as you can see, my chalkboard art says,"Just do today."  I think that's the season I'm in right now. One foot in front of the other... one day at a time.  Amen?

I want to thank all of you for your sweet holiday wishes this year... and thank you for popping in to enter the sweet SPARKLY giveaway!  That was fun... The winner, by random generator, was Sally.  (Sally, congrats and contact me at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net to claim your prize!) 

I will be hosting another really fun New Year's giveaway in a few days!!

So...What is your goal for 2013?


  1. To be a light and a blessing to others! Have a wonderfully sweet new year!

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. I am surprised to hear that you have wrestled with the thought if God cares for you or not! I gain so much strength from your testimony as I am sure so many other do! Just because things don't go as we planned them to doesn't mean God doesn't care for us, he just has a greater picture for us and even better dreams for us than we can imagine for ourselves. It is hard to be patient sometimes though. One thing I always find that helps me when I am feeling low is to serve other. When we are in the service of our fellow men we are in the service of God. That is when we really see his face. You are amazing and a child of God created in his very image. I pray that you have an amazing 2013!

  3. Happy New Year Sasha! First I have been wanting to tell you that you have one keen eye girlie! I was in TJ's the other day shopping and I saw the sparkling apple cider, but did not notice the rock candy. I love your NYE pics! The girls and I wore party hats too! I even found two vintage noisemakers at an antique shop near me on Sunday! and I adore the pic of Ava and her American Girl doll wearing a party hat! I am struggling with how I feel about resolutions too. not really feeling the New Year, new resolution thing yet! I lost 17 pounds in 2012 and recently gained back almost 7 which is a lot on my 5 foot frame. I need something to kick me in the rear to do it again! XO

  4. Last year my goal was intentional simplicity. This year it is Be Still, Hear God.
    Expect all the good things coming your way, friend. ;0)

  5. I am new to your blog, but I appreciate your candor and honesty. I look forward to following your blog and wish you the best in 2013!

  6. What a nice surprise! Happy New Year, Sasha! I am so honored to call you FRIEND. ~Sally

  7. Okay...that was a really cool giveaway you had. :)
    I pinned so many of your pictures...you're a creative soul!

    ps. i laughed out loud at the computer when i read the words "candy cigarettes." my husband stopped what he was doing to read it. you're funny. i totally smoked candy cigarettes.

  8. Happy New Year!!! Love your goal for the year! I went that way too. After a few years that have gone just as you described, I am entering 2013 with one simple goal: DRINK. God has given me all I need....The fountain of living water. In allll of my struggling, I have left it alone far too often. If I drink in the truth of God through His Word, 2013 will be different and I will be better for it! It's gonna be good.

    Anyway...Love your pictures! The one with JJ is especially precious. :)

  9. I LOVE the "just do today" part! I need to focus more on that. My word for 2013 is determined.

  10. I am having trouble picking a word for the New Year - there are too many to choose from!! My devo today was from Revelation 21:5 "I am making all things new" We've had a rough two years and though God has been more than faithful, He has certainly taken us into the deep waters! I'm ready for new, restoration, renewal, etc. I'm also ready to just do today, like your gorgeous chalkboard says!

    You have inspired me to do a little more to make life special. With five children & homeschooling (and, lets face it, age) I've lost alot of the spunk that I had in my younger parenting years! We host family for all holidays and it fluctuates between 20-30 people depending on who is home from college or from their new homes and I don't do nearly as much for my little family unit to make the time special. That's going to change -thank you for loving life in front of us. For daring to change the sucky past with fun, new, sparkly traditions!!

    Your blog has become one of my top 4 that I can't go a day without visiting!! God bless you and your family this year!!!

  11. My goal for 2013 is to be intentional. I love your reminder to 'just do today.' Each day is full of promise, isn't it?

  12. Happy New Year Sasha! I am so glad that your New Years Eve was such a fun time for y'all! In 1999, I lived up there in The Pacific Northwest and we welcomed in the year 2000 at a decade party. We dressed in '50's garb and had the best time! That year still ranks at the top as one of the best New Years Eve celebrations I've been a part of. I feel like you do in not making resolutions just hopes and goals. I actually don't think I've made a resolution in many many moons. I have been on a similar faith journey and have found the same truths. As you move into 2013, I am happy for you as you discover more of the gifts God has in store for you. In many ways I feel God works through you to bestow his gifts to others. I do count you as a new blessing to me in the last part of 2012 and now in this new year. I look forward to continuing to visit you here. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents to shine Gods light and bless others.

  13. That picture of you and your husband with your drinks is so fun!

    My goal this year is to find the balance between planning and accepting. My fiance will be graduating in May (and - fingers crossed! - finding a job soon after), which will mean a move and me leaving my current job...followed in the fall by our wedding...and who knows what other interesting things God's planning to throw in there! So I want to focus my heart on being the best woman I can, and being open to what His will is. (Easier said than done, right?)

    Wishing you many blessings (and all the patience and courage you might need) as the new year gets underway! =)

  14. amen...and you know what?
    you are NEVER ever ever alone..God is your constant companion and there is NO ONE who loves you more than Him..and you have all of us so no matter what the hills and valleys of 2013 bring we will help each other through them yes?
    i love your heart...seeing it softened for our God..our Abba ( he is my Father in so many ways since I don't have a relationship with my earthly one:)
    i get you on so many levels and i loved plan b..we are are a work in progress each one of us..and i support your journey girlie...xoxo