This year was quite a year to remember. Here are my 2012 favorites:
It’s so easy for us to take our loved ones for granted. I really felt like my family and I grew closer this year, and I’m so grateful for that. Seeing Izabella grow has been quite an adventure for all of us and has certainly made life a little more worthwhile.
My family and I at Bella’s 1st Birthday Party!
I can go on forever about this very special person, but I’m simply glad that he’s been by my side through the good and the bad. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend.
Mohammar and I at The Getty Center.
I stuck by the few friends that I have and was lucky enough to make new ones. I’m so thankful to have them in my life. They’re very dear to my heart, and I would do anything for them.
Since 2007? Er, something like that. The point is she’s my best friend and she always will be.
My soul sister. She’s definitely more than a friend. Words can’t describe how much she means to me.
Nicholita! I met her at just the right time. It was meant to be!
My little brothers that I love and adore. Stay away, girls!
Maria is one of my favorite fashion bloggers! We started talking through the interwebs and I can definitely call her a new friend. She’s such a sweet girl. Click on her photo to check out her blog!
What’s life without a little adventure? Italy was definitely the highlight of my year. I’m so lucky to have been given this birthday gift. This trip opened my eyes and helped me realize how much more of the world I’ve yet to see.
Outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.
Rome with my lovely parents.
You can find a more extensive look of my trip here!
2012 was great to me, but I know 2013 will be so much better. I pray God helps you reach all of your goals. Have a Happy New Year, friends!
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving 🙂
My Thanksgiving was filled with yummy food and beautiful people…
My niece, her cheeks, and I.
This little girl is really special. She has brought so much love and joy into my family. It was her first Thanksgiving!
Mohammar and I at DCA!
Mohammar and I went to Disneyland/Disney California Adventure a day before Thanksgiving. It was so much fun, and it really set the Holiday spirit!
Bella and the “big” girls.
We spent this Thanksgiving with three other families: The Escobar (my sister’s family), The Castillo (my best friend’s family), and The Guzman. It’s nice to know that even though my extended family is far away, the love I have for them is just as deep and true. (P.S. We really missed the other Guzman family. It wasn’t the same without them!)
What’s Thanksgiving without a little (a lot of) dessert? It’s the small and sweet things in life that matter 😉
I can’t wait for Christmas!
It’s happening. I’m entering adulthood, and I couldn’t be more excited for what God has planned for me.
My birthday (October 20, 2012) falls on the Sabbath this year. What a blessing! I don’t believe in coincidence, and I strongly feel this happened for a reason.
Like most people, I’m usually pretty selfish on my birthday and expect the world to pour out congratulations and gifts at my feet. This year, however, I just want to give thanks.
First and foremost, I thank God for giving me another year of life. For allowing me to wake up every morning with a healthy body and a loving family. I feel guilty sometimes because I know I don’t deserve half of His blessings, but after all, He is love. That’s His thing. I thank Him for loving me and making me new.
My family. What a beautiful sentence. What a privilege to call them my own. They make up who I am. They are a gift from God and nothing on Earth matters more to me than they do.
My best friends. Friends are family we choose for ourselves. I’ve chosen wisely. They complete the little empty spaces in my heart and have each taught me valuable lessons in life.
I plan on making this year better than the last. Becoming a woman of God and living my life as an example for others is what I hope to accomplish. I ask you all to keep me in your prayers, and thank you for being a part of my life 🙂
From birth I have relied on You; You brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise You. –Psalm 71:6