With the end of another year fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about all the things that this year has embodied. It’s had some extreme ups and downs, but has really been a leap into a new chapter of our lives in the process.
At the beginning of this year we were six months into living in our first house, chasing around a 14 month old and trying for baby #2. By March we had found out we were expecting, taking a birthday trip to Monterey and Calvin experienced his first trip to the beach.
Mid way through this year we knew we were expecting a baby girl. We took an anniversary trip to the family cabin in Mendocino and made some lasting memories with the ones we love. At this point in the year, it had really been all high points. As the year went on, we experienced some lows. The passing of my granddad in England was a blow that I hadn’t expected. And following that, a tragic event on Curtis’ side of the family rocked us all.
Alexander Graham Bell is quoted as saying “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
I hope that we head into this new year with some clarity. There are holes in our lives that will never be filled, but they leave lasting memories that inevitably will follow us into this new chapter, and I hope will remind us to embrace every moment with the people we love, to focus on the upswing of our lives and to fully embrace the changes that have been and that are to come.
Who knows what is to come, what a strange and wonderful journey we are on!
To those reading this, I wish you the happiest of holidays and the greatest of New Years!