2015: A Year in Review

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 was a BIG year for us--we built a house, celebrated one year of marriage, and Dustin started a new position at his work.  It hasn't been an easy year, but regardless, my joy is found in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always.  
Philippians 4:4


A picture of me from our wedding day was published in a magazine!

Mom took me to tour the Jack Daniels Distillery--so interesting--and then we ate lunch at the local boarding house restaurant--not my fav.


We went to Nashville to attend a Valentine's Day wedding at an Elvis wedding chapel.  A homeless man tried to lecture Dustin on love.

We announced our plans to build a house!  We were so ready for them to begin building...

...and then it snowed multiple days and delayed our house building.  Dustin still had to work, and school was cancelled for me.


I started grad school--no pictures here because they would all be of me crying haha!

They laid the footer on our home.  I loved learning about the building process and everything that goes into building a house.  Way more than I ever could have imagined!

First floor framing was completed.  And you can see a little of our neighbor's home being bricked.


We nixed the typical Easter outfit and instead wore a shirt where proceeds went to feeding those in third world countries.  It's a campaign called Forget the Frock.

Our bathtub was installed!

We enjoyed fishing on my mom's and stepdad's land.

Our church hosted a Secret Church simulcast for the first time--it was so great that I hope we do it again.  
Fun fact: my friend, Sarah, is pregnant here and we didn't know until early the next morning when she texted me a picture of her positive test during a layover on their trip to NYC!  And now her baby boy is a week old!


Mom benefitted from my Lilly Target purchase because it was way too short on me--and a little snug.  I stayed up past midnight and this was the only thing I was able to buy--and it didn't even fit :(  I was not a fan and really disappointed in the quality of Lilly.

Our house started to really look like a house.

It was exciting to get doors!

We came to visit the house every. single. day.  I was over it toward the end since some days no progress was made, but of course, we still had to come...

Shaneyfelt beach trip to Gulf Shores!


Finishing touches being made!!!! 

My BFFs and I hung out in Tuscaloosa for a day and reminisced about college.  And then we freaked out at how much Tuscaloosa has changed since we graduated.  And then we felt really old!  We're eating Summer Snow.  It's shaved ice, but not really--it's more like heaven in a cup.

Dustin stripped and re-stained a table and chair set we bought off of Craigslist before we got married.  The dark brown is way better than the cherry finish it was.

WE MOVED!!!!!  I would like to note that Dustin was on nights this whole moving process, and so I put everything away in our house by myself.  (And it went exactly where I wanted it to haha!)


Dustin turned the big 3-0 and we celebrated with a surprise party--in our NEW house!

One day after he turned 30, we celebrated one whole year of marriage!


Lots of time was spent cheering on the First Baptist Hartselle men's softball team.


We enjoyed a beautiful opening day of dove season.  It was my first time to ever do that, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it.  The weather was perfect, and it was fun seeing everyone get so anxious for the 12 PM start time.  Once noon hit, we heart gunshots all over.

We got a selfie stick.

Dustin dropped me off at church and I left for a few days for a women's conference in Indianapolis.


We enjoyed going to home football games together.

October is a big month for birthdays in my family.  My sister's is the 10th and mine is the 25th, so we celebrated all month!

We took Christmas card pictures.


Thanksgiving rolled around and we had 4 meals to attend in 2 days!  I hated food by lunch on Thanksgiving day.

Mom and I left to go Black Friday shopping before 5 AM!  We racked up on our purchases.  Actually, mom bought more for herself than anything else haha!  Oh, and my debit card was cut off because of the amount of purchases I did that day.....

Dustin started his new position at work!  We are still so happy about it!


We went on our 2nd annual Shaneyfelt Christmas Light Drive By.  But this time I can change the name to Christmas Light Creep By since Shaneyfelt learned how to drive slower when looking at lights.

Dustin had to work on Christmas day so we had Christmas at 3:30 AM.  It was different, but we know how blessed we are that he has a job.  (It also rained so much this day that areas flooded that I didn't even know would flood.)

Christmas night--you can see what my mom has to put up with!

Linking up with Jenn today!


  1. Such a fun year you guys have had! Here's hoping 2016 is even more fun and exciting!!
    Thanks for linking up!! :)

  2. Ahh I loved seeing your home progress in this post-we are building this spring and anxiously awaiting winter to end (already!) This post made me see that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel :-)

  3. What a huge year for you guys!! So much celebrating!! Cheers to 2016! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Such an exciting year for you! So many great things! I can't wait to see what 2016 brings!

  5. So much wonderful things happened for you this year, especially with your new house! I always freak out every time I go back to my college town too! We've only been out of school for 5 years, but I can't believe how much it's changed!

  6. This seemed like such an exciting year for you! I can't wait until my husband and I are able to build our first home together :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  7. What a big year! Happy 2016, friend! May it be even better!

  8. Eek! Your year seems amazing!! I can only imagine how stressful home building would be-its stressful enough just buying a previously built home! It looks great & I'm sure you guys will have so many amazing memories there! xox

  9. Wow Sarah! Such an eventful year! I still can't believe the house was put up that quickly... amazing! Who all helped in the building process besides your dad and husband?


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