What a year it has been. In 2015:
We lived in Hawaii, explored the Amazon basin by boat, learned a little Portuguese and what community really means, grew up a lot, slept in hammocks, made lifelong friends, opened up, poured out, and were poured into more than I thought possible. We experienced overwhelming grace, got hundreds of mosquito bites, hung out with prostitutes, appreciated our families more than ever, and moved home (again). We learned so soooo much about the faithfulness of God. We also learned more about cameras and photos and the power of photography and visual communication. I drove cross-country with my mom. Ryan got a dream job. We (okay, fine, I) cried a lot, and became okay with that.
I don't know how 2016 could leave me feeling as full as this year has, but I know it will. God has a way of filling us up with exactly what we need. I know this year will look much different than the last- but other than that I have no clue what it holds, and I'm shockingly fine with it.
Here are some favorites from this last chunk of time. I chose black and white for all of them because it's timeless, and more difficult to work with, and those things make sense for this year. I'm so thankful for the opportunities we've had, the people in our lives, and those of you who have encouraged, supported, and followed along. Here's to a new year and new adventures to be had.
What a year to reflect on. I'm thankful for every messy, incredible, bit of it. Of course, that's easier to say now that I have a plush mattress and mosquito-free quarters... but I wouldn't trade in even the hardships of this year. If I've learned anything, it's that God has plans much bigger and different than mine. I can't wait to see what they hold for 2 0 1 6.
New year, new adventures. Let's go.