Christmas was blissfully busy, New Years sentimental and celebratory, and then mid January creeps right with his “back to the real world” to-do lists and stacks of bills to pay kind of snarl.  That Mr. Mid January…who invited him back anyways?

But, with the progression of the days and weeks we’re beginning another year.  A fresh start.  New goals, deeper commitments, inspiring revelations.  This is the year, the year you will complete what needs to be done, but more than that, the year you will truly treasure what really matters.  The house might be a bit messy, the laundry might pile up some,  you might serve your family one too many microwave meals this week, or forget to brush your teeth one morning (uhg, that’s the worst feeling isn’t it!) but you know what you did right?  You hugged your kiddos tight before they left for school this morning, you kissed your husband on the mouth and told him you loved him, you started your day with a prayer in your heart and a smile on your face…and you know what else? That’s what matters.  So here’s to a fresh year; sure to come with it’s share of triumphs and mistakes, but also coming with an overflowing, dance in your kitchen, singing loud off key, laugh until you pee a little kind of LOVE for the life you have!  Let’s do this together!

And while you sit there reading this, hopefully recharging to go back at it with a little more gusto than you had before, I’ll leave you with some photos to remind you who you work so hard for…that precious family of yours!

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Doesn’t this last photo remind you of Narnia?  Though the cold of winter gets dreary, there is something about snow that just fills the world with wonder, and kind of brings a bit of dreaminess to everything you do.  Snow should be mandatory for cold winter shoots, but when snow is absent a little imagination never hurts…

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Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,

At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,

When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,

And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.

– The Lion the Witch & The Wardrobe


Go cuddle that family of yours!

Until later,