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A Year in Review: 2017

What a year 2017 was. Looking back on 2017 it was great but also extremly weird. We faced some hard core challenges, sickeness and health, fellowship, laughter, tears, and much much more. Here are a few highlights:

January:

This was probably the craziest month of the entire year to be honest. This was the month (just 9 days into the new year I might add) that Matt had his table saw accident.

Sparing any gruesome images this is the only picture I can post that doesn’t look as bad as this accident truly was. Now, almost a year to the date later, I’m amazed by how his fingers have healed. Aside from re-learning his golf swing (which thankfully he didn’t do much of before anyways), he’s back to being able to fully function and do literally everything. It’s truly an incredible blessing and one that we are so thankful for.

February

With Matt’s injury in January, I spent February learning how to do my first big house project all by myself. I ship-lapped this entire wall in my house and aside from Matt helping hold a few of the big plywood slats at the top did this entirely by myself.

This was a HUGE accomplishment for me and I absolutely love how this project turned out.

March

March was spent hopping around to a few new spots in our cute little town of Matthews. We checked out a new beer garden, a few new restaurants, and enjoyed spending time with friends on the weekend.

April

April was quite an eventful month for the Hall’s. April came with my 24th birthday and our first big party at our new house. We hosted beer olympics at our house and had the most fun with our friends.

Shortly after this I can’t tell you what went on (happy birthday to me) but I can tell you that I heard everyone had a ton of fun, they drank all the drinks, ate all the food, and partied all the night.

May

May we enjoyed a much needed relaxing long weekend at the beach with my family. We ate, drank, and enjoyed some much needed R&R.

Can’t wait to be back this year with this crew!

June

June we started a co-ed basketball league and it brought me back to the glory days of high school basketball. I loved every part of it, even though we technically didn’t really play in a “co-ed” league and all the other teams were 100x better than us I still loved being back on the court.

July

Another house project was completed in July. I decided to re-do our entire laundry room and ship lap the entire thing. This was quite the project and took much longer than the one wall I did in February.

Overall, I love how it turned out but it was quite the project and definitely not for the faint of heart.

August

In August we experienced our first huge home ownership “pain” when we came home one day to find a main water line bust in the front of our house. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I essentially live filmed my sweet husband and brother in law trying to/fixing it. It was quite the event.

They actually fixed it and then we got our water bill which was $800 and the water company wouldn’t waive it unless we had the reciept from the company that fixed it for us -_-. Turns out DIY projects only get you so far in life in the real world. Alas, our homeowners insurance covered this fix fo free (bless up and also if you own a home go and purchase exterior pipe insurance or something like that because this fix, yes, that tiny hole, was going to cost us upwards of $2,500 to get fixed without insurance).

This also happened to be our 1 year celebration of buying our house. Oh the irony.

September

September came with a fun girls trip weekend with my cousins, aunts, and grandma in Asheville.

We explored the Biltmore, drank lots of wine, ate lots of yummy food and laughed at many fun memories we’ve shared together.

During this girls weekend trip, Matt went hunting with my dad and shot his first deer.

If this picture doesn’t scream mountain man status, I truly don’t know what does.

October

October was fairly normal. Matt got hit on in the grocery store while buying candy for halloween, typical, and we went to an alumni event at the high school we graduated from.

Matt played many a football games on this field and we loved getting to visit with friends and teachers from our high school glory days. Can’t believe I got so lucky to end up with that stud. All those Friday night lights where all the girls thought Matt Hall was quite the stud, he was friends, and still is.

November

November was a very busy month. A month of small house projects and a month of gathering with friends and fellowshipping. I put up this faux brick wall in our house (the entire project only cost about $35- and was SO fun to do!) in time for Thanksgiving.

I love love love how it turned out and just need to paint/distress the shelves to be a bit darker now. Yay for 2018 projects to come!

A week before Thanksgiving I decided to host a few teams at work and their significant others at our house for Friendsgiving. It was so fun and everyone brought food over, we watched football, had a fire outside, and fed my soul with happiness having our home opened up to our friends to come and visit in.

A week after friendsgiving we hosted both sides of our family for Thanksgiving day. To say our November was full of fellowship (and lots of cleaning my house) is quite the understatement.

What a month November was.

December

December was a month of parties and holiday cheer.

We danced the night away at our work Christmas party and loved every second of it. We enjoyed Christmas with our family and friends, and took a few extra days off work to enjoy some time together to rest and recooperate for the new year ahead.

Overall, 2017 was a year I will never forget. It started off rocky and challenging and ended with so much love and fellowship to make me so thankful for our family and friends we have in our life. While we are still learning, adjusting, growing, from what we learned in 2017 we are ready for 2018 and know it’s going to be a year that completely blows our mind.

Cheers to 2018!

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