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…


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..


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…

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

Bring on the NEW Year!

It is that time of year again! I can hardly believe another fantastic year comes to a close. As has become tradition, I will be making my annual post looking back over the last twelve months: the heights, depths, the triumphs and trials. Depicted in the following photographs, these are some of the moments which define my 2012. I hope you enjoy!



Made my way to California to meet Maximus James Clayton and become his Godmother!



My beloved Ludovico (above) continued his rambunctious reign of terror as we welcomed his sweet angelic baby sister Margherita (below) to the light, as the Italians say! How I miss my little Italian gems!? February also held a great many birthday celebrations both in Austin, with dear friends, and in Chicago, with my wonderful family who all drove to the city to share in the festivities, as yours truly turned 27!

Surprise birthday parties, road trips to the coast, exciting life-changing news for Krista, and as always ceaseless good times with dear friends!
REUNION of Most of my Absolute Dearest Friends ALL IN ONE PLACE at THE SAME TIME!?! Enough said. I love these women, their husbands, and their children!
Farewell to Austin, our dear Texan friends and our beloved “Studio…”
Ah Studio! We’ll meet again…It won’t be gaslight in the lane, But just as gentle, only brighter. And Jack on Aslan’s back. We’ll sing His glory Around those two: One Love-Truth. Old world will give one final “crack.” Our hearts could not be lighter. -Dom Julian OSB A Severe Mercy
Did I get out of my car this month? According to the photo above, I must have, but believe me it was only briefly! This month my car carried me from Texas to Tennessee and back to Ohio, from Ohio to Connecticut, New York City and Boston, and finally to Washington, DC (where I would call home for the month of July)!
PS. Photo was taken by Krista on Nahant Island just north of Boston (that’s the city in the background)
How could anyone NOT enjoy a month of nannying for these two again?! Though as much time as I’ve been over the moon blessed to spend with them, I’m still waiting for some of Jack’s super powers and Elise’s princess like radiance to wear off on me! Maybe in 2013?
Maria gets hitched, Krista joins the Convent, and I start a new job! August brought a whole lot of NEW for everybody!
My baby brother gets married to the love of his life and I find that I finally have a sister in the family!
First visiting day for Krista down in Nashville…seems she is absolutely loving it thus far, though of course it is not without its difficulties as she transitions to her new way of life. And, joining a new dance studio in Pittsburgh had me dressing up like a 20’s flapper for the Halloween dance party!
A visit to Boston to see the Birthday King, aka my Godson, as he celebrated his first birthday and…drum roll please…………………….that’s right! I went to my first Notre Dame game! A life long dream since the movie Rudy first occupied my television set as a youngster.
What didn’t December hold? First an incredible trip to France with a dear friend, fulfilling one of her life long dreams and enriching mine in the process. Then my, may as well be, little sister Tori graduates from Graphic Design school! And FINALLY…Christmas!
Wait…is that all? No! Still one more adventure to be had in this twelfth month of 2012 before the ball drops and officially declares our entrance into 2013…a FAMILY CRUISE! I’m pretty sure this is about to be the best ending to a year I’ve ever celebrated as we ALL (four grandparents, two parents, one brother, one sister-in-law, one cousin and me) embark for the Caribbean!
As I prepare to sail south, I wish you all the most blessed belated Christmas and Happy New Year! May 2013 hold more adventure, more love and more joy than 2012 and may we seek always to live lives of Abundant Faith!
All for the Glory of God,
Danielle Adelina