At the risk of sounding cliche, 2013 was another great year for our family. There is something about the new year that begs for reflection. And as I've thought about this past year, it kind of leaves me breathless.
I sometimes take for granted this life I live. Sometimes I get so caught up in packing lunches, and wiping noses, and cleaning floors, and just the daily grind, that I forget to just really soak it all in.
And then, in those quiet moments of reflection, it all comes pouring down.
Memories creep up, emotion washes over because this life we have - it is good.
That's not to say that it's all sunshine and rainbows. No, it can definitely get exhausting, and we struggle, and we shed tears.
But those storms are fleeting, and they help us to appreciate the sunshine and rainbows even more.
In 2013, we got to celebrate a lot.
We celebrated birthdays 6, 5, and 2.
We celebrated 9 years of marriage.
We celebrated our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We celebrated family, school years coming to an end, and new ones beginning.
And then we played.
We played in the snow.
We played in the sand.
We played in the water, and we played in the waves.
And then, in the middle of all that celebrating and playing, we packed lunches, and wiped noses, and cleaned floors, and completed a million other tasks that I take for granted.
But, they are a very important part of this life as well. It's all these moments: the big ones, the small ones, the good ones, and the tough ones that make up this life of our's.
And, when all those temporary struggles are gone, we are left with joy, and laughter, and love.