I love the freshness of a new year - the distinct re-focusing of intentions, the camaraderie in setting resolutions, the hope of accomplishing new goals. Whether or not we actually stay our intended courses is irrelevant, because everything feels new and possible now, and I can't help but give in to such resolute optimism.
But before charging headfirst into the new year, reflecting on this past year reminds me of all the life that has been lived to bring me to today. It helps me celebrate where we have been, how we have grown, and who we are becoming. Honoring the days behind helps center my intentions for the days ahead.
Last year was filled with so much life for our family, it's amazing to think it all fit into just twelve months. It was a year of decisions and transitions, loss and hope, change and flexibility, and reorienting ourselves with what really matters most. Many of our moments went undocumented, but here are a handful of highlights from our year.
Our 2017, in a nutshell:
Emmie took her first steps. Kate marched. Emmie got her first teeth. Luke quit his teaching job (after seven years!). Luke went back to school for web development. Emmie turned one! We survived no income for six months. Luke started a new career! We delighted in the super bloom. We celebrated seven years of marriage (and our first baby-free weekend away!). Emmie spoke her first sentences. We visited friends in Flagstaff and family in Minneapolis - both new cities for us to explore. Kate turned 30! We walked alongside a dear friend through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. We deepened local longtime friendships, and made some new ones too. Kate's mom got re-married. Emmie turned into a toddler overnight. We purged a lot of things. We decided to stay put and continue our small living journey. We lost three beloved elders in Kate's family. Emmie ran around with her cousins in Kansas. Luke built stuff. We spent time in Palm Springs helping settle family affairs. We started reading the book of Acts with friends. We went on a lot of neighborhood walks. Emmie picked a lot of flowers. Kate took a lot of pictures. We drank a lot of coffee.