warmth of the sun watching your kids smile, hearing them laugh, your
heart swells with love and pride. You’re overwhelmed by the beauty of
these little people’s souls as well as the awesome world around you. And
you know that this moment will never happen again.
They’ll be grown in
the blink of an eye, so you just soak it all in, every sound, every
smell, the whole moment. You wish you could wrap it up and hug it to
your chest! You glance at your partner and know he, too, is savoring
these sweet times that could be ripped away without notice. We had a lot
of those moments this year.
Other than my few freak out moments, see: I’m a failure.. and What am I doing?!,
this has been the most awesome year! No babies were born, no lotteries
won, but every moment was treasured more than ever before.
husband and I realized how very precious every moment of this year was
because it started out as the scariest time for our family, with him so
sick. Not knowing if he would get better, if we could keep our home,
continue to home school (more details on my post Appreciating the Great things…)…but, we were unbelievably blessed!
We took time to notice the little things, took advantage of every moment together, splurged a little too much, spoiled the kids a little too much, stayed a bit longer, worried less, and enjoyed more.
What a wonderful life we have! On that note, I wanted to share my favorite photos of the year. I tried to narrow it down to top 10, but it was so hard! Enjoy!
Every time I see it, it reminds me how I want my kids to continue to live and learn; outside the classroom, fascinated, living and doing, not just reading about it.
Monkey always hides, but hey, we’re all in one photo!
Our classroom. We live in such a beautiful place and my kids are so lucky to be able to learn out in it!
The world is still full of wonder! You just have to notice it.