Here is my attempt at remembering the good…My Best of Everything 2013:

The best recipe I couldn’t not make again:

Copy cat recipe of Olive Garden’s Pasta E Fagioli Imagine with me….can you smell it? Mmmmm…

Best of everything 2013: Pasta E Fagioli
Olive Garden’s Pasta E Fagioli Copy Cat recipe

Best New Sport:


Best New Hobby:

Biking (See Virginia Creeper Trail).

Best blessing:

Getting baptized.

Best of everything 2013-baptism

Best Feeling:

Volunteering with Special Olympics.

Best of everything 2013: special olympics

The best book I couldn’t put down…well, 2: (I reviewed some books I read this year.)

Start by Jon Acuff

start-jonacuff“People are mistaken when they think chasing your dream is a selfish thing to do. As if perhaps being average is an act of humility. As if perhaps wasting the talents you were given is proof that you’re a considerate individual. It’s not.” Jon Acuff


Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden takethestairs “God, please use me each day.  Make me a steward of the resources you’ve given me.  A fiduciary of the skills you’ve blessed me with, a conduit for your message to pass.”  Rory Vaden

Best trick:

Pampered Chef’s Mix and Scraper.  I feel like I am betraying kids everywhere by sharing this.  No more bowls to lick.

Best of everything: best trick pampered chef's mix and scraper

Best Family Movie:


Despicable Me 2 came in a close second.

Best Performances:

Les Miserable at CPCC and MacBeth by Charlotte Shakespeare. See How to fall in love with Shakespeare.

Best songs from 2013:

Reeve Coob’s Night Owl Purchase here.  50% of sales go to charity.  I love it for what she shared as much as that she did share.


“I Will Wait”…

Best pictures:


Fun at The Color Run 2013

best pic 2013

Best Challenge:

Warrior Dash with daughter

Best of everything 2013 best feeling-Warrior dash

Best videos:

By Jessica… By Abigail…

The risk that returned best:

Attending Write2Ignite

Best of everything 2013: write2igniteDaring to be vulnerable and courageous.

The best habit:

Christian Power Yoga

Best laugh:

Best of everything 2013: best laugh

Best intro:

Meeting Bobby from the Morris Jenkin’s commercials after watching Charlotte Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew on the Green uptown.

Best of everything: best intro

The Best Guy:

Celebrating 21 years~!

Best of everything 2013: best guy

Photo By Donna Mariucci

And lastly,

Best quote I heard in 2013:

From the movie Frozen, “Some people are worth melting for.”  Olaf


Putting this together in an attempt to live life more intentionally and see the ordinary as extraordinary.  What are you going to do with your days…

or jellybeans??…

Remember, as you begin your journey in 2014…

Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. (NLT)

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