Tuesday, December 31, 2013

year in review

thomas and i were talking tonight about the year that is about to end, what was good, what what bad, what was hard, what was easy. the hard list was long this year. the easy list was short. i was a bit discouraged when i sat down to craft this post, thinking that difficulty had dominated this year. but as i searched my photo files i found that the good was abundant and that the good was always there; my delightful kids, my wonderful husband, and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. those constant goodnesses i tend to take for granted until i realize how hard it would be to deal with the difficulties without them. 

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

this boy doesn't hug often, so when he does, it's a treat.

inadvertent cat sweater sunday

easter sunday antics

 the highlight of the year: reagan's baptism

 i ran a few races. 

i told this girl to pull her pants up 54,324 times.

 i thrifted some gems. both of our dresses are vintage and cost me less than $8.

 our baby got married and we felt that our dad was near. we love the temple.

“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables


Julianne said...

That quote by Mr. Jones...I've been thinking of it in a round-about, fuzzy way for a long little while. Thanks for putting it up. Lovely post here.

Emily Curfew said...

you are a wise friend. loved your quotes. exactly what i needed to hear today. as i was thinking about the past year (which has been very often) i quickly think of ALL the hard stuff, and how "hard" this year has been. the negativty kinda takes over me. but really if i step back (like your blog post has helped me to) i see a wonderful year with new blessing (our sweet henry) and pearce growing out of her crazy psycho borderline needs to be checked into mental house. we have a cozy home, jeremy has a job (even tho it's created unimaginable loads of stress on us this year). but he has one. etc etc

anyways, sorry to talk about myself here, but its because reading your post and hearing about your sweet family and wonderful moments even during hard times/year, helps me put things into a better perspective. and life goes on. and we make of it what we can.

love you so much Heidi ! Cheers!