Maybe it’s just me, but after all the excitement of the holiday season, I can feel rather down in the dumps. We spend November working on being thankful, we go right into December counting down each moment and jam-packing a ton of activities in as we celebrate baby Jesus’ birth at Christmas, and then within a week we are sent into a new year. Wow, just thinking about it leaves my head spinning. And yet, we do this every year… and I’m starting to notice a pattern for myself of where I feel a bit overwhelmed with the daunting tasks and unknown future of the new year as I step into early January.
So what are you saying, Lindsay? Well, hold on. I’m saying that feeling overwhelmed, spinning out of control, and just plain like you want to curl into a ball and hide might be a bit normal. The problem is the more that we allow it to be a bit normal, the more neuroscience shows that it’ll become normal. (A bit too heavy for normal photography stuff? Hold on!) All I’m saying is, we have to be careful not to lose focus of what matters.
We have to stop and look back, to see all the blessings of the previous year, to see all the unknown life events that we overcame, to see all the new relationships that we made, and then look forward to this new year, allowing ourselves to breathe in and out all the overwhelming “I must do” things. The things of 2019 are long gone, but we can still look back and enjoy the specialness of each moment and how God blessed us in them.
As I sit here on the couch in the dark with the light of my laptop & Christmas lights (yes they’re still up), I can’t help but marvel at how many amazing people we got to walk alongside through life with this past year. Wow! What a blessing! From the newborn babies to couples welcoming babies to families with older kids to families with younger kids to couples getting engaged to couples getting married to couples celebrating their 60thwedding anniversaries to seniors celebrating graduating high school and all the in-betweens, thank you, thank you, thank you. Asking us to capture each of these moments, to be your portrait, wedding, and family photographers amidst it all, is truly an honor and we are so blessed.
So goodbye to 2019 and cheers to a new year in 2020!
PS -- Here's our favorite photos from walking alongside our amazing couples, individuals, & families this past year in absolutely no particular order <3
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