Sunday, January 1, 2012


When I first started reflecting on this past year I found myself looking at the negative.  I found myself thinking this year has not been any better.  The same struggles surface from time to time.  The same things tend to bring me down. No one arrived with a million dollars in their hands ready to give it away to us.

But I had to stop myself and dig a bit deeper.  When I sat back and looked I realized this year has been pretty amazing.

I have developed some deep meaningful relationships with a handful of amazing women.  I have maintained wonderful old friendships full of wisdom and love.  I have gotten to take three amazing vacations.  I saw the ocean for the first time in 20 or so years.  I celebrated another year of marriage.  I encouraged and cheered on my husband as he took a huge step in his career.  I watched my sweet toddler develop into a preschooler.  I took classes again.  I read some powerful, life-changing, books.  The ache for Riley has passed and when I do think of her I am flooded with happy memories.  I learned that family is the glue to life, they come first, and make life so interesting.

My life this year has been far from perfect.  I still struggle, we have debt, sometimes I place my focus and worth in the wrong place, I let the classroom stress and exhaust me beyond what I should, I yell...  But if I only place my focus on these things I will never see all the good and amazing things right in front of me.

2011 was an amazing year.  I am looking forward to seeing what 2012 will bring.

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[All photographs were taken at Windy Peak, Outdoor Education Lab School.]

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