My focus when I pick up the camera is never on the perfect. I’ve accepted that my style is more casual. Frankly, my style is a bit messy (especially where my personal images are concerned). The chaos that can be my life is reflected in the images I make. I can look at my family pictures and remember the bad right along with the good. But, when I look over my images in bulk (as I did today for this post), the beauty of this life of mine is on full display. It’s there in the chaos. It’s in the valleys and the peaks. It’s all there – commingling in the fullness of this life. It is so full.
This was, in many ways, a difficult year. There was uncertainty and change. There was sadness and loss. There were health issues. There was fear, anger, and regret. But, I survived. We survived. And, there was joy. And, and so much laughter. And, there was hard work and progress and vulnerability and support. This year made me work for it.
Here’s a compilation of my favorite family images from this year in no particular order. They represent the highlights, as well as the mundane. They will forever remind me of what 2015 looked and felt like. Special thanks to God, wooden boats, freckled faces, babies named Lucy, friends old and new, the Committee on the Priesthood, St. George’s, snow, popsicles, beer! and the people who love it, the United States Supreme Court, Montessori, all family but most especially cousins, the DC area, my extremely supportive and patient husband, backyard bouncy houses, Tim’s River Shed, adventurous spirits, loving hearts and listening ears, women clergy and theologians everywhere, Shovels & Rope, my awesome spawn and their love for one another, and anyone and anything that I’ve forgotten that helped to make 2015 an unforgettable year.