{A Year-End Review} The Best of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Tim and I want to thank you for your support and love this past year! 2013 has been one of our hardest yet most favorite of years. Your support and kind words have meant so much. Can't wait to see what is in store for 2014!

This Year's Highlights:

Favorite Songs (in no particular order):

Best Albums of the Year:

Favorite Concerts / Live Events:
1. Fleetwood Mac (Louisville, KY)
2. Laura Marling (Louisville, KY)
3. City & Colour (Louisville, KY)

Favorite Movies:
3. Gatsby
5. Mud
8. Anne of Green Gables (my first time to see it!)

Favorite Books:

Favorite Videos:

Favorite Eats (in no particular order):
1. Rye: The Salt of The Earth (Louisville, KY)
2. Basa: Macadamia Nut Cake with Caramel Espresso Gelato (Louisville, KY)
3. Hillbilly Tea: Porter Spice Cake, French Toast & Smoked Chicken Salad (Louisville, KY)
4. Taco Punk: Barbeerbacoa Taco (Louisville, KY)
5. Tupelo Honey Cafe: Sweet Potato Pancake & Rosemary Peach Lemonade (Asheville, NC)
6. Bluffton BBQ: Pork and a Fork with a side of fries and extra pickles (Bluffton, SC)
7. The Lady and Sons: Paula Deen's mac-n-cheese, yams, and corn pudding (Savannah, GA)
8. Lulu's Chocolate Bar: Strawberry Suspension Cake & The Rapture Sundae for Two Charleston, SC)
9. Louise's: Reuben Sandwich & Potato Salad (Black Mountain, NC)
10. Marco's : Pepperoni & Banana Pepper Pizza (Asheville, NC)
11. Sunny Point Cafe: Huevos Rancheros (Asheville, NC)
12. White Duck Taco Shop: Shrimp Taco w chips & Roasted Salsa
13. Eddyline: Homemade Lobster Ravioli (Buena Vista, CO)
14. Atlantic No.5: Smoked Salmon Tartine & Roasted Tomato Soup (Louisville, KY)
15. The Fountain on Locust: Coconut Almond Joy Shake (St. Louis, MO)
16. Royale Bistro: Raised Waffles & Chicken Confit with Roasted Vegetable Hash (Kansas City, MO)
17. RyeKC: Eggs Benedict (Kansas City, MO)
18. Topsy's: Limeade (Kansas City, MO)
19. Glace: Fleur de Sel Caramel and Christopher Elbow Dark Chocolate Gelato (Kansas City, MO)
20. Little Freshie : Chai Tea & Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scone (Kansas City, MO)
Favorite New Website:

Fist Pump Friday:

Looking forward to 2014 because ...
1. Sleeping in a Tempurpedic Bed
2. Road Trips to Nashville & Dallas
3. Growing new things in our garden (Okra, Brussels Sprouts & Lacinato Kale)
4. Continuing our Monthly Baking Goals
5. Seeing this movie
6. Celebrating 9 years of marriage with Timothy James
7. Holding our sweet little for the first time (due May 7th)
8. Learning how to breast feed 
9. Camping in the Smoky Mountains
10. Catching more trout
11. Running 9 minute miles again
12. Learning how to roast my own coffee
Come out and show yourself, 2014. We're ready!
Em & Tim


Allie Rowe said...

This is fantastic, what a thorough round up. I was planning to do something similar for my 2013 recap, may I steal some of your category idea? Can't wait to check out those songs and albums :)

Meghan said...

I'm so excited for 2014 for you! I highly recommend this book to help you with breastfeeding: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1572248610/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And taking a breastfeeding class with your hubby - it helps him better understand the whole process and how to help you.

Kristel Fersterer said...

Happy New Year! A special year ahead for you :) our little boy Benjamin is 7 months old now and is sleeping peacefully as I write this. I look back to this time last year and I was 20 weeks pregnant. Our little guy arrived May 17 and I have breastfed him exclusively since birth :) I agree with taking a class and most importantly getting your husband on board :) get ready to love like you never have before :)
A fellow mumma in Australia :)

Alysse said...

Anne of Green Gables is my most favorite movies! I am so glad you found her and love her :)
Have a great New Years!

Melissa Plath said...

So happy to see Moonrise Kingdom on your list. One of my favorite movies the instant I saw it!

I'm nine weeks into breastfeeding and it's the most amazing thing. Not only do I enjoy it for it's ease, relaxation, and knowing it's good for me and baby- but knowing that your boobs are keeping your babe alive and strong and healthy is an incredible feeling! I'm sure Tim will be an amazing advocate for you, considering his medical background and awesome husband-ness.

Hannah. said...

The sweetest! Meeting you guys was one of the highlights of our 2013 as well. We are so happy to know you, happy for your upcoming year and all its adventures!!

Victoria Parker said...

Following your blog in 2013 has contributed to the growth and strength in my husband and I's love. Thank you for your inspiration, story and 5 questions! Happy New Year! xo

Caitlin F. said...

So many good things to check out on this list! Saving this for later when I can comb through all the wonderful music selections. Thanks for this wonderful list... sounds like there's many blessings to come in 2014!

Wishing you and yours an amazing New Years!


Kristina said...

Happy new year Loerkes :) I always love the year end reviews for the awesome music suggestions they come with.

Josh and Haley said...

Love this round up! Lots of fun things to look forward to in 2014! Yay for oven roasted homegrown brussel sprouts! Thinking about adding those to our garden too! Okra grows like mad here - super easy to grow in SC, hopefully it will be for you too! I got Wild, the book, for Christmas! Can't wait to read it and watch it! Breast feeding is amazing and such a journey! Can't wait to read about all I your adventures in the upcoming year!

Haley said...

I love that you finally got to experience Anne in all her red-headed glory! She's one of my favorites! I'm thankful for the all that I gained from your blog in 2013. I'm learning to love simplicity and getting my hands dirty. I've re-discovered my love for camping. I even started Whole30 yesterday. Thanks for being such great inspiration Loerkes!!

Annie Elie said...

You guys are just so..so.. so freakin' cool!
I hope I get to meet you and your inspiring crew some day- I really do.
Until then... May you be infinitely blessed,
and may you continue to be courageous,
wide-eyed adventurers who are always open to God's grace.
2014 will be a year full of miracles all around!
Witness the love unfold.

So much love and gratitude to and for you all,
Greenville, SC

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