out with the old, in with the new

Sunday, January 1, 2012

in nine hours, my sweet girls should be back home in my arms. it's been hard having them gone for so long and i can't wait to love on them! they've had a great time...i know the snow and mountainy air make their hearts happy.

2011 was an interesting one for sure, and i continue to feel very lucky and completely blessed.

on the flip side, it wasn't a great year for everybody. i know plenty of people who are ready to kick last year to the curb. homes burned (literally & figuratively). a coworker lost her son. a friend i grew up with lost her two brothers - eight months apart. one friend fought breast cancer, and another is fighting uterine cancer.

watching people stand up to face adversity and overcome broken hearts or illness really says something great about the human spirit and the strength we have. so many times it seems like we don't realize how strong we are until we face a challenge. for me, it also puts my own problems and worries in perfect perspective.

here are two of my favorite quotes. i found them and loved them separately, and then i realized that they really are a great pairing. now, they're framed on my dresser.

'we must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.' - mlk, jr.

'hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. you wait and watch and work: you don't give up.' -anne lamott

i read these every day, and for whatever reason, they inspire me. i try to instill some of this into the girls as they learn to navigate their way through the world. sometimes i have to stop and remind myself of these when i forget how to navigate the world. 

i hope that 2012 is a better year for those who need it to be, and i hope that 2012 is a blessed year for us all. here's how jay welcomed the new year into her life...

i completely love her enthusiasm (and her inside out shirt)! happy new year, and more importantly, cheers! oh, and don't forget to eat some black eyed peas...

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