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We took our last date night of the year a couple weeks ago.
I surprised Brad with reservations at our favorite Lebanese restaurant in Nashville and began our evening reflecting on everything that happened over the last year.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like my brain and heart are still trying to figure out how time works after 2020. 2023 moved both fast and slow and we’re finding ourselves looking at another year remembering that no matter how hard we try, life doesn’t seem to slow down.
Before we enter another year let’s jump into a mix of business and personal happenings that went on in 2023!
A FEW THINGS WE TOOK AWAY AS WE LOOKED BACK
One of the biggest things we’re continually reminded of is that – yes – the years have big highlight moments and adventures and things we put on a calendar. And we love remembering those and reflecting and taking time to be grateful for those things.
But also, some of the most meaningful things are things that can’t necessary be stamped with a date.
It’s learning and growing in our marriage. It’s watching our children run out to get the mail and fight over who gets to cut the coupons out of the junk mail. It’s late night laughter with friends. It’s seeing our toddling baby turn into a precious, smart little girl in what felt like overnight and have opinions and thoughts all her own. It’s the conversations that took place on many of those date nights surrounding hopes for our family, our children, our schedule, our business. Conversations around unearthing fears and overcoming those things that felt impossible. It’s being there for the people you love when they’re walking through the hard, scary, and unknowns of a looming diagnosis and hospital stays. It’s eating that favorite family meal on repeat, turning on a jazz record, and sitting in the candlelight with 3 precious faces who are all waiting in anticipation to the be one who gets to blow the candles out. It’s watching our kids find “treasure rocks” for hours at the river and seeing the ways they are at peace in the outdoors. It’s solo time journaling in a coffee shop, driving down a windy country road as the leaves change, and feeling the sunshine on your face in the middle of winter. It’s your 6 year old asking why it the sun doesn’t shine while it’s raining, only to drive around a bend and see the clouds part and the sun shine down while a song about sunshine comes on the radio.
It’s the big and the small things. The glaringly obvious and the quiet whispers.
It’s the awareness and the recognition of this fleeting life and the many treasures there are to uncover in each year… if we’re only quiet and still long enough to let it move us, let it impact us.
Cheers to all that 2023 was and all 2024 will bring.
Wishing peace & joy to each of you in the new year!
Thanks for being in our corner <3
January 1, 2024
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