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  • My One Little Word 2013 – Forward

    Hello sweet friends! I have missed you so. I feel as if I have so much to share. I’ve missed our connection and chats. Here’s a glimpse of what we have been up to.

    Pretty pies.

    Vintage finds.

    Cousins and braces.

    Chlorine and role models.

    Brother and sister time.

    Embracing and grieving the growing independence.

    Having flashbacks.

    Turning 11. Heart string pull.

    Last minute getaways when feeling a burst of energy.

    Favorite red cleats, Elite socks, and football flags.

    Thanksgiving and an 80th birthday celebration for my Meem.

    Holiday “recycles” and bow ties.

    Resting and healing. And then just when I thought I was turning the corner, I needed to rest and heal more.

    I finally think my body is physically allowing me to move forward. The only thing standing in my way now is me, known as Justice Jenny by my dear husband.

    I have to accept that my 2012 wasn’t what I desired. It wasn’t fair and nor was I promised that. But in order to make 2013 what I want it to be, I can’t keep looking back over my shoulder at the what could have beens.

    I desire for 2013 to be an adventure.

    I am an avid J.R.R. Tolkein fan. I loved reading The Hobbit and watching the movie. Here are two of my favorite lines in The Hobbit:

    “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”

    “I should think so – in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”

    I love how these words show the potential risk, fear, and loneliness of embarking on a new adventure. To be honest, I think when you have a tough year, it makes it that much more difficult to embrace that fear or risk that adventure can bring. When I am still and close my eyes however, a spark allows me to see the amazing possibilities of 2013. That hope and vision can leave me excited and breathless.

    So I told Jeff that my One Little Word for 2013 was going to be adventure. He paused and simply stated, “It’s going to be hard to have an adventure if your feet and mind aren’t pointed forward.” Ouch.

    Jeff has the most amazing ability to keep his eyes focused forward. It’s possibly his best character trait. As a result, Jeff holds little bitterness and constantly embraces the present and opens up his own future to limitless possibilities.

    The following morning as I was writing some quotes and verses in my journal, I heard Ben and Sam squealing in the family room and decided to join in on the fun. They were marching in the family room and Sam pointed to the newly hung arrow and said, “Forward march!”

    And then amidst the marching and pot banging, I heard God speak to me as plainly as ever. “Forward, my sweet Jenny. Forward. You focus on moving forward and I’ll provide the adventures.”

    So I’m embracing forward as my “one little word” this year. But my second little word of adventure is not too far behind.

    Looking forward to our uncomfortable, risky adventures together as we march forward through life together. Here’s to an epic 2013.

    Blessings sweet friends,

    The idea of having one little word comes from the crazy talented Ali. You can read about it here.

    My one little word for 2012.




    Welcome back Jenny, I’ve missed you! Glad to hear you’re starting to feel better and excited to hear what adventures you have going forward.

    Loving the pics above – especially the ‘brother and sister time’.

    15 January 2013 at 1:17 pm Reply
    Tisha Ward

    So glad you are back!!! I hope you are ok. I heard someone else use the one word thing too. I LOVE your choice. I think mine is going to be contentment. Here’s to a great 2013 full of ________!!! (insert your word of choice here).

    15 January 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

    I’ve missed you and wondered if some how I had fallen off your list! Glad you have returned.

    15 January 2013 at 2:33 pm Reply
    Denise von Minden

    I’ve missed your words and am glad to see you back here! Here’s to making 2013 the best it can be!

    15 January 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply
    Mikki McGehee

    I have greatly missed your posts. Looking forward to 2013 myself and am hopeful to read more of your wonderful words.

    15 January 2013 at 2:52 pm Reply
    Jill McBride

    Great word Jenny. And a great post. I love the red arrow too. Hope your 2013 is full of amazing sparkly adventures.

    15 January 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

    So happy to hear from you. Bless you.

    15 January 2013 at 5:33 pm Reply

    HAHA! That’s my word for 2013 Too!
    I had several deaths in and around my family last year. So it reminds me that time marches on and if I’m not paying attention I might not be able to do some adventures in the future. AND why not have them now.

    Really I’m making every day an adventure by changing my attitude not necessarily getting in the car going some where!

    good to see you back.

    15 January 2013 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Yay- a post from Jenny.
    If l haven’t said it before, you have been such an inspiration to me. I truly mean that.
    I like your word for 2013. Mine is soar (see here http://www.goodnorthcoastlife.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/one-little-word-2013.html).
    Good to have you back – you’ve been missed!

    15 January 2013 at 6:58 pm Reply

    I don’t even know u and this brought tears to my eyes. Have a blessed year, Jenny!

    15 January 2013 at 7:00 pm Reply
    Janet Carr

    JENNY!!!!!! Wishing you a WONDERFUL, HAPPY, HEALTHY and BLESSED new year!!!!!!!!!! Hugs!!!!!!!!!

    15 January 2013 at 7:21 pm Reply
    Jeri Ann

    I’ve missed you! With all the busyness, holidays, schedule changes…well you know how that goes. Welcome back!

    15 January 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply
    Lisa Muniz

    Glad you are back! I love your word for 2013, and the story behind it. Here’s to looking forward to a fabulous 2013n

    15 January 2013 at 9:52 pm Reply
    Stacey K

    I have missed you here, but have seen glimpses of you on Instagram so knew you were ok!
    I will join you on your adventure as I embark on a big one of my own…my husband & my 3 daughters & I have moved across the country for a fresh start, we know no-one over here & I will be on the lookout for new adventures & am not going to let my natural shyness get in my way of making new friends…if I can do it online, I can do it in real life too!
    My little word is Nourish, followed closely by happiness & journey…I am staying true to Nourish by devoting this month to nourishing myself.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos

    16 January 2013 at 12:28 am Reply
    Michelle Bostinelos

    HI Jenny! So happy to see you post! I love all the pictures… but especially those vintage finds! The map and the arrow – oh my! LOVE! Great word for this year! I mentioned on FB that I haven’t found my word yet. I have a lot of goals that I want to work on – but I haven’t found the one word that fits. I am just going to leave it open, work on my goals and hope that the word comes to me.

    16 January 2013 at 4:51 am Reply
    Marilyn Johnson

    So good to hear from you Jenny! I have missed you. Looks like the new home is coming along lovely. I love all of your vintage finds. I agree 2012 was not the best year here either. This year I am looking for calmness in my one little word of “faith”. “Faith” that things will all work out and that I should just try to enjoy life!

    16 January 2013 at 6:37 am Reply
    Jamie Walker

    That is a great word for the year! Good to see a post from you. :)

    17 January 2013 at 7:29 pm Reply
    cathy stolze

    I love you. That is all.

    18 January 2013 at 6:23 am Reply

    WELCOME BACK :) !!

    19 January 2013 at 10:24 am Reply

    I have missed you. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself everyday to feel the love of being together with your family. And treat yourself to a pedicure this week! ;)

    20 January 2013 at 7:37 pm Reply

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