For the past few years, after Christmas, I've done a post (or two) recapping the year gone by. It's always been an enjoyable way for me to look back and to gather all my favorite photos of the kids.
This year, when I went to look back on 2009, I was very sad to see that blogging really took a hit for me this year. With the death of two people very close to me, my best friend and father-in-law, in the first four months, I simply did not feel up to or motivated to write and post. I didn't even do a post for my girls birthdays, which was a result of the previous months tragedy of the death of my nephew at the end of 2008. It makes my heart hurt that I didn't document more of our lives from this past year. I treasure my blog and the memories stored here, and I often look back over it with much love and fondness...as do my children.
Don't get me wrong, there are some things I documented from this year, but not as many as I should have or would have normally felt I wanted to. Grief and stress and the accompanying depression that follows really can take a toll. I will easily admit that this year was bad...really bad. I'm still not over it and won't be for some time. Don't know if I ever will be. But I want to try and get back to the me before all this happened...the mom who thinks to take photos of her girls playing. I miss that person I was, who doesn't show up as much as she used to.
So, with that said, my resolution for 2010 is two-fold. First, to continue to take things easy and to live very much in the moment and be grateful. I've really come to embrace this over the past few months. Losing people you love will do that to you. Secondly, be creative...focus on my surroundings and what means the most to me and convey it in my photography and writing.
I'm really hoping to revamp my blogs in 2010 and take on my new photography business with much verve! I'm excited about what the future holds and very, very hopeful this year will be more happy than last.
Here's my favorite images captured from 2009...