I love these year-end posts. Sometimes, in the day to day, when jobs are busy or life is heavy, when the to-do list is long and the weather unendingly cold, it's easy to lose sight of how good we really have it. But it's why I blog and take all the pictures - it's why I share mostly the good - there's a lot of good to share - so that I can maintain perspective. It's like a bird's eye view to look at these pictures and these shared memories - a big, grand picture of what life really is all about. Joy is found in not only the creation of these moments - but in the looking back at them, too. I'm so grateful for this blog and for these images. And for this life.
Our year in just a few snapshots. 2015... one last post. It's been a big one.
Winter. We celebrated a seven-year old with a bowling party, a five-year old with some Chuck E. Cheese, beat the winter blues with a few sledding adventures and watched our favorite basketball team take not just our state, but the whole nation on the ride of a lifetime. We put a For Sale sign in our yard, lived through countless showings and false hope and learned a lot of lessons. The most important one - God has something better in store. Wait on Him. I can't wait to see what He has in store for us instead.
Spring. We had an Easter for the record books, watched our preschool graduate accept his diploma in the sweetest of ways, enjoyed a beautiful Mother's Day weekend and spent all the days outside. This season... always a breath of fresh air.
Summer. Oh, what a summer. We partied on the lake, partied in our friends' backyard pool, partied on the river and partied in our own backyard. We became a true boating family, accepted a big job promotion, took our house off the market, made big decisions and said goodbye to our beloved daycare. We spent countless evenings at the pool, at the ball park and on our own back deck. We soaked up sunshine, sunsets, and so many incredibly beautiful memories. These are the days that carry us through January and February. These are the best days.
Fall. We sent Brandon off to kindergarten, spent Saturdays watching our boy score touchdowns, evenings coaching football practice, visited pumpkin patches, made multiple loaves of pumpkin bread, buried a good friend and got lost in corn mazes. We celebrated Halloween, our niece's first birthday, and a Thanksgiving with much to be thankful for.
And then there was Christmas. And all its magic.
We didn't get all we asked for in 2015 and we're not where we hope to end up just yet. But really, life isn't about reaching a destination. It's about the journey. And we are on quite a remarkable ride. I'm looking forward to 2016. I love the blank canvas stretched before me and I can't wait to make art with it.
As my favorite blogger Kelle Hampton wrote recently, "You don't own your family or their feelings or your circumstances. But you do always have the power to make... choices, changes, happiness, comebacks, words, songs, beautiful things. That's a powerful little thing to take into the new year."
Happy New Year to you and yours. May you make beautiful things wherever you are.