I should probably save this video for after Christmas when you, and the rest of the world, will be reflecting on 2012, but when you make something that makes you happy, it's kind of hard to keep it to yourself.
I've been thinking a lot about this past
year over the past two weeks. My gut reaction to this year is that it
was hard. It was our first full year here and that brought with it lots
of newness and opportunities to be stretched. At this point in the year,
I can say that was good, but in the thick of it, it hurt. I lost a very
dear friend early this year and that grief has attached itself firmly,
but quietly, by my side for the rest of the year. Some friendships that
seemed promising ended up falling apart and each time that happened, it
hurt. Pregnancy, while such a blessing, was challenging. I was sick,
tired and struggling with body image for most of it.
as we struggled to make this (beautiful) place home, time marched on.
And now, at the end of December, I feel much happier. We have a few good
friends. We are finding our favorite places and things to do. I am no
longer pregnant and, therefore, have a lot more energy.
sat down to make this slideshow, I had forgotten all the good that
transpired this year. I went into it thinking I wouldn't have too many
good shots to pull together, but as I scrolled though the hundreds of
pictures, I stood corrected. This year, for all its hard moments, held
so, so many more good ones. Moments we shared as a family, with friends,
at home, in new places, as we traveled. Our home saw the coming and
going of many guests. It witnessed the arrival of a new baby, heard
laughter between new friends and provided a safe place to share stories,
cry, create traditions and enjoy each other's company.
would love for you to watch this video. It holds the highlights of our
year. It's long, but each and every picture has a precious memory
attached to it and with each passing image, I am reminded how blessed I
Best of 2012 (final) from