2014 Word Of The Year

My word of the year for 2013 was “June” mostly because it reminds me of us.

Kevin and Layla

I was born on the 5th, and Kevin came (early) on the 28th. We were so excited to discover that we were both June ’74 babies! We were married on the 25th in 2004, so we’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary the next time “our month” rolls around. 10th. How did that get here so fast? 

So for the past 360 days, I invited June into my life. I wrote it down where I was sure to see it, and whenever I did, I always thought about us. It triggered trips down memory lane, and daydreams about the journey that lies ahead of us. Braking for June also encouraged me to pray for him more…to give thanks for us more.

It was just one little word that encouraged me to cherish our bond in a completely different way each day this past year.

That’s what choosing a Word Of The Year is all about. You live with it, you let it speak to you…you follow where it leads. There are no rules…it’s just supposed to be a little spark.


I’ve been thinking about my word for 2014 over the past couple of weeks and I’m feeling especially drawn to us-plus lately.

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In my mind, that word means a whole-nother year of intentionally treasuring the unity that is us as we prepare, for the first time, to become an us-plus.

Off to write it down in places I’m sure to see it… :-)

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  1. Janelle says

    June is also a special month for me and hubby as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary on the 12th. Wishing you God’s blessings and your heart’s desires in 2014

  2. Jaime says

    Us Plus is an awesome place to be. Excited for the upcoming year.

    Need to think of a word for us… we will start fostering this year….how about “Adventure!” 😉

  3. says

    I can completely relate to June being so meaningful in yours and Kevin’s relationship…it is in mine and my husband’s too! My birthday is the 18th and my husband’s is the 22nd. Our anniversary is the 19th (ours will also be 10 this year!). Father’s Day is also sandwiched in there too so it is a whole lot of celebrating us;)! I love how God even cares about the little details!!
    I love “Us plus” and can’t wait to see what God has in store for your sweet family. God bless!

  4. Maryjane says

    What an amazing concept; word of the year. It ties in to some other inner work I’m exploring right now as well as other ideas I’m enjoying trying out. Thank you for sharing. I will have to meditate for a word…

    This is so neat. I feel truly blessed to have discovered your blog this year. I’m filled with so much gratitude right now.

    And I love the photos in this post. wow.

    Wishing you & Kevin (and us+) every peace and blessing for 2014,
    from Manitoba, Canada

  5. says

    I love this word idea for the year. Today, being New Year’s Day, I’ve decided to join in. My word is SUMMER for many different reasons, personal and just playful… thanks for this great idea !

  6. says

    I totally love your word us-plus for 2014! May it be as magical as last year!! I took over your word choosing for every year and this year I came up with “dare”. To dare more, to dare to follow my dreams and follow my gut, to be daring enough to be different and stress less about what others think about my blogging and my life. Just be happier and take on more chances. Anyway, I hope this year is filled with magic and daring adventures for you and everyone!! Hugs, Inge x

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