Every year I create a video of photos highlighting the best moments of the past twelve months. Places from our travels, afternoons spent at the creek, and meals of waffles fill my Photoshop window and bring just a small amount of nostalgia to my otherwise uneventful evening. The cast of characters has grown over the years. One more curly blond girl, new friends, new family.
And always, smiling faces.
I needed to see smiling faces last night. I needed a new year too.
Twenty-thirteen was not a bad year. In fact, almost all of it was golden. But like your favorite tv series coming to an end, sometimes the last few episodes make you think aloud, "Well, it's not how I would have done it. Bit...disappointed." For me, the whole homeschooling storyline faltered the last few months, and then December--when the producers brought out a plot twist, new drama,and special guest appearances--was a bit too much for me. Here I thought we were doing Masterpiece Theatre, and suddenly it's the polar bears from Lost. I mean, who can keep up with that?
(Oh, and all right. I didn't really think I was filming Masterpiece Theatre.)
So many storylines I wanted to focus on, but couldn't. A few storylines I wished were gone altogether, but are still lingering a bit into the new year.
But that's how life is, isn't it? We rarely get to write the perfect script (though when we do, we hope someone is filming it so we can put it on YouTube).
Last night, as I edited the year's footage, I remembered: there were so many good moments. More good moments than bad moments. More smiling faces, than crying ones. Twenty-thirteen did not take away any of our dearest loved ones, we were employed, had healthy children. We figured out how to adjust our lives to accommodate our girls' needs--though it's still a work in progress. And most importantly my faith in God grew.
I didn't have a perfect script for 2013, but I had a perfect God who wrote words into my heart that I know foreshadows grace and goodness for 2014.
Every picture has a story, but only my family will know them all. Even so, I hope you enjoy a look at our year.
Here's to a new script with the faces I love the most.