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12 in 2014 {linking with Dwija}

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I’m late to this game, Dwija, will you still take me??

I’ve been scrolling through my friends 12 moments in the year 2014 and finally had 20 minutes alone to share mine. It was a really big year, and it was a small year, and it was everything in between.

Instead of blog links, because I feel like I already did that a bit in my New Year post, I’m just going to do 12 photos that captured our year.

Love love love,




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We celebrated my brother’s safe return from deployment by all getting together at the beginning of the year!

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One of my best friends from law school got married on the beach in Florida. I got to be a bridesmaid!!

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Two of my favorite friends ran a fermented foods workshop in our kitchen. Let’s just say my gut bacteria was impressed.

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SuperBoy and his bestie practicing being priests. This little boy’s mom is one of my absolute favs!

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My life-long friend and I got to be pregnant at the same time with two boys who are bound to be best friends! She looks so fabulous here, and even though I was due before her, I definitely look like it’s my third 😉

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Double birthday with my baby girl. She was the best birthday present ever!

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Another super close friend with her adorable boy. These kids of mine are so lucky to grow up being surrounded by wonderful family friends & the generations of friendship just continue!

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My sweetest bestie Sarah. She came to meet our big hunky baby boy in the hospital. And has continued her amazing role as stellar auntie.

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This is still their reaction to each other: sheer joy & wonder.

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The three babies of the family: our nephew and godson surveying our adorable niece and then BabyLoves, soon not to be the youngest as our nephew will be a big bro in the next month!!

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SuperBoy’s dream of playing t-ball. Let’s stretch the term “play” and say it was a parent/child league. You surmise what that really entails.

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SweetPea really came into her own feisty fiery personality this summer. Totally stinker.

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We got some serious quality time with our sis-in-law this fall. She’s such a gorgeous gem, inside & out!

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Christmas with our nieces!!

So that’s 15. Sue me.

Love to you & yours & may your 2015 be starting on the right foot!



  1. Rachel @ Efficient Momma on January 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Love your friends wedding dress! So beautiful! Also, I didn’t end up doing this link up because I didn’t get to it in time lol.

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 4, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      It is still open!! And wasn’t she a beautiful bride?

  2. Laurel on January 4, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    What a lovely year!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 5, 2015 at 10:26 am

      So much family togetherness!

  3. shea on January 5, 2015 at 11:58 am

    love being part of your year. xo.

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      You are a pretty precious part!

  4. dweej on January 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    As the most procrastinating woman in the world I say to you- totally beautiful and RIGHT on time!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 9, 2015 at 7:32 am