brandon and i were blessed beyond my capacity for imagination in 2012. between steady jobs and amazing opportunities, good health and good friends, and the many chances to travel to see family, and this beautiful little boy i get to spend my days with, 2012 has been utter bliss. we couldn't have asked for a kinder, better year. we are so grateful.
sometimes i wonder if maybe it's the easiest of years that turn out to provide the hardest challenges for us, on the inside, i mean. something about fairness and balance in all things, i suppose. while 2012 blessed us with stability--this was the first year since we've been married where i didn't have to worry about whether or not we could afford the groceries--2012 was also the first year in a while where i was acutely aware that i was being pushed and pulled and molded and tested. hard. far beyond the limits of what i thought i was capable. and in the process of all this stretching, i know i've pulled more than my fair share of metaphorical muscles and ligaments. i sometimes feel like maybe i'm ending the year with just a little bit of a limp. licking some wounds, maybe. but these muscles are growing, and this scar tissue will soon be impenetrable. i'm sure of it. just imagine the strength it'll provide me in 2013. ;)
every year, in lieu of resolutions, i like to choose a focus for the year. kind of a theme, in a way. in 2010, the year we were finally able to conceive (and the year huck was born), i chose creation. last year, it was finding beauty. this year, i think i'd like to work on being more mindful. more purposeful and calm. more aware of my blessings, less angst-filled for whatever is supposed to come next.
for christmas i put together a book of all our favorite photographs from the year, and ordered a copy for us and both sets of huck's grandparents. as i flipped through our copy on christmas day, i was struck with a sense of wonder at our blessings. and sillily enough, one of the greatest blessings by far has been all of you. and this dang old blog. this blog! i mean it! go figure, will ya?
so thank you. thank your. i mean it with all of my whole, silly, over-emotional and ridiculous self. you guys are just the knees on my bees. i hope 2012 was kind to you and yours. but more than that, i hope that whatever left you short in 2012 is what propels you to your greatest heights in the year to come.
cheers to us, friends.
(a few of my favorites from this year's photo album are included after the jump. as always, there are way too many. restraint schmestraint. ;)
i hereby declare 2012 officially closed!
previous years-in-review (only two?)