Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 FAVORITES


So today I was going to go through and highlight some of my favorite moments from 2015, but instead, I thought I'd share YOUR favorites :)  I went through and looked at the number of views on posts and am highlighting the top 10 from 2015.  So in no particular order...

This post from the end of July was way up there in views and I have a feeling it's because it's the post where I shared a KILLER crockpot lasagna recipe. 


And as I was perusing the post I realized it was also the post where I shared one of my favorite memes of all time.


Next up on the list was the post about my most embarrassing moments.  This was not a shocker seeing how I shared more than my fair share of regrettable moments including sharing this picture of me in gauchos AND crocs.  #allthetrends



This post from the Spring made the cut and I'd like to think it was because I shared two awesome recipes (Zuppa Toscana and Taco Pie), but I think it's more likely because everyone came back to see which Prom dress our Anna Grace chose.




Day in the life posts are some of my favorite to read, and it looks like y'all enjoy them too.  My day in the life post from November was WAY up on the list.


One of my favorite moments from the entire year was going to the airport to welcome home some of our best friends and their new daughter, Ashby.  I think a lot of y'all were equally invested in Ashby's story because the post where I talked about getting to be a part of welcoming her home was in my top ten as well.


Griffin's big girl room was one of my favorite projects of the year and it was so sweet when y'all loved how it turned out as much as I did.


And speaking of favorite projects, decorating for back to school and sharing a wreath tutorial made the list as well.


Entertaining and having people over is one of my favorite things to do, and having all of y'all over for a home tour was one of your favorite posts as well.


The last two posts on my list were highlighting two of the most incredible and strong women and they were by far y'alls favorite posts of the year.  

Meeting and getting to know Ashleigh Range is an experience that will mark 2015 for me forever.  I don't believe that her friends nominating her for a silly contest was any kind of coincidence and being able to share her story and be a part of her dream to raise BIG MONEY for Inflammatory Breast Cancer research is something that I am most honored to have been a part of.



Ashleigh passed away in July leaving behind her husband and two little boys, but she also left behind an amazing legacy of incredible faith.


And the post that blew all other posts out of the water in 2015 was when I turned the blog over to my dear friend Manda and let her share an update on her battle with cancer as well as a few things she's learned along the way.


And since I know most of you weren't able to attend the Women's Coffee House event where Manda and her mom shared their testimony, I'm going to put the video below so you can watch and be BLOWN AWAY by their faith.


If you're not already, you can follow along on the Manda Strong Facebook page for updates and ways to be praying for her as she is currently participating in a drug trial.

Whew! What a GREAT year!  I can't wait to share 2016 with y'all!

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for reading and commenting and engaging with me here throughout the week.  I can't express how grateful I am to each of you for taking time out of your day to read and leave me feedback.  I so enjoy sharing my family life, shopping tips, craft ideas and musings and still have a hard time believing so many of you enjoy it as well.

THANK YOU and Happy New Year's Eve! I hope y'all have a fantastic night and get to ring in 2016 with lots of friends and family around you.  Me?  I'll more than likely ring in the new year around 9:00 with my boys and then hit the hay early because I'm determined to get #allthesleep before heading back to school next week.

See you next year! ;)

   
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43 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing so much of your life and family with us! happy new year my friend !!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Kimm! :) Thanks so much for being such a loyal reader and for always being so encouraging!

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  2. Andrea- is there anyway to get a manda strong T-shirt. I just watched her coffee House video and she motivated me. I would love to support her by getting the word out there in my area. Please email me with details: moorerlcn@yahoo.com

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    1. It would be great to answer this for everyone. I missed out on a shirt, too.

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    2. Hey! I just emailed the company about reopening another campaign - I'll make sure to announce it here when it goes live. Thanks so much for supporting Manda!

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    3. Awesome, thanks! I'll keep posted via your blog. Happy New Year-and blessings to Manda as well.

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  3. Hi Andrea! I promise I'm not stalking. Lol. I had sent you a couple of emails and hadn't heard back. Since our emails don't seem to "connect", I wanted to check in with you and make sure you had gotten them. Hoping maybe to get the blog up and running this new year. Thanks so much, Niki Edwards

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  4. What great favorites!! So blessed to know of and about those 2 amazing women! So gracious and beautiful! Xoxo

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  5. What an amazing year friend! So blessed to have shared it with you! xoxo

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    1. The feeling is mutual! Here's to lots of small group time in 2016! :)

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  6. Hi Andrea!

    I absolutely LOVE reading your blog and I look forward to each new post. I am so glad I found your little corner of the internet :) Happy New Year!

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    1. This is the sweetest! Thank you so much for reading and I'm so glad you found me!

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  7. I found your blog in the beginning of this year and have enjoyed reading each day! Happy New Year!

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  8. What a great year it has been! Your blog is so enjoyable to me each morning :) Have a Happy New Year!!

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    1. THANK YOU, Rachel! Happy New Year to you as well!

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  9. I don't want to be all weird fan -girl, but I have had the best time reading your blog every day. You are such a breath of fresh air. You seem so genuine. So nice. So real. Your faith in the Lord, I feel, has definitely influenced me, and I thank you for that. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I just know if we met, we would be instant friends. Happy New Year, Andrea!

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    1. Oh my goodness!!! This made me tear up a bit!!! You are so welcome and I'm sure we'd be instant friends as well :) Thank you so much for reading and for your sweet, encouraging words. HUGS!

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  10. Happy New Year Andrea! Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with us. You are one of my very favorite blogs to read each and every day.

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    1. YAY!! I'm so flattered! Thank you so much for reading!

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  11. Love reading your blog and seeing some great posts recapped. I hope 2016 is fabulous for you all! Happy New Year! xox

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  12. These were all great posts! I absolutely loved the coffee house video with Manda and her mom!
    Wishing you the very best in 2016!

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    1. Aren't they AMAZING!!! Incredible women! Thanks so much for reading!

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  13. Happy New Year! The coffee house video tho?! Beautiful faith!

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    1. Right?!?! And they're even better in person :) Thanks so much, Jackie!

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  14. You are full of grace and wisdom and inspire me as a mother. Thank you for sharing your life so beautifully through transparency. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so very much!!! For reading and for your kind words!
      Happy New Year!

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  15. Love your blog! My daughter is a cancer survivor. The video was awesome thank you for sharing.

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  16. I found your blog through Shay's blog, because of Sean the Bachelor! I read yours, Shays, Erika's, and Narci's every day! LOVE them and look forward to them every day. Thanks ladies for keeping it real and sharing your ideas and fun with everyone! One of my goals this year is to be more crafty with my kiddos! You rock that department! XOXO

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  17. What a fun year on your blog!! Love reading and feeling connected to another working mama doing her best to serve her family and faith well!!

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  18. Happy New Year! I love reading your blog every day and am so happy I found it/you! Your little family is just precious and I hope to be a fun mom like you one day! (When we are ready for kiddos). :)

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  19. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to your posts! All of them! Can't wait to see what this new year has in store for you and your beautiful family. Happy New Year!

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  20. Love your blog. All of your posts are on the top of my list!! Happy New Year, McAnally family!!

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  21. I found your blog this year and I just LOVE reading your posts! Your fashion is stellar, your kids are adorable, and I wish I lived in your house! :-) May you be blessed in 2016!

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  22. Hi Andrea...I missed out on linking up..sooo...here is my link :) http://thewainsateam.blogspot.ca/2016/01/friday-favestop-15-of-2015-aka-2015-in.html

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  23. Hi Andrea! I just love your blog, but I cannot seem to find where you told us which dress Anna Grace chose. Help me out?? :)

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