2015: Year of the Phoenix

IMG_1416Happy New Year! For a long time, it was my blogging tradition to post a month by month photo reflection of the past year on New Year’s Eve. In light of personal circumstances, I let this tradition lapse the last few years. I’d like to resurrect it tonight. 2015 could well be called my year of the phoenix. Beginning with moments of death and darkness, but resurrecting itself as a year of great triumph, healing, strength, glory, and goodness. I am grateful to be standing on the edge of 2016, transformed by ALL that this past year entailed. When saying goodbye to my grandparents after the holiday, they told me that 2016 was “my year.” I haven’t been able to get this out of my head. Whether it’s “my” year or not, well, who knows, but I do feel an immense amount of hope as the minutes countdown to the start of 2016. I have learned a great deal about myself these last 12 months…here are just a few small glimpses of it’s teachable, memorable, joyous, transformative moments:January: Good Friends, Cold Weather, and the March for Life…

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February: 30 candles on my Birthday cake, Floridian celebrations, and the sun setting on a very long journey through the legal process…

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March: 5k’s, Cirque du Soleil training, and the best moment of all…the birth of my niece, Ava…

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April: Easter on the beach and a visit to the convent…

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May: May 1st greetings from my niece, taking to the water on kayaks and skis, and visiting my favorite Bostonian family..

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June: Convent shenanigans, family reunions, and cousin concert night..

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July: Celebrating the Fourth in the District and farewell for now’s to Norfolk friends…

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August: God-mothering, my move to Chicago, birthday celebrations with two of my favorites, and precious time with dear friends…

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September: TOO MUCH CUTENESS, I got to eat grains for the first time in 3.5 years, and a Browns birthday celebration for my favorite brother…

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October: New beginnings, surprise visits from friends, Nova Vita Designs, pumpkin carving, firing range, and Sandra Dee…

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November: Texas travels, the great outdoors, and college football…

IMG_2266 IMG_2268 IMG_2280December: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
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AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! May it be filled with peace, grace, and blessings…Here’s to 2016, my year!

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