Welcome to 2015!
It’s good for the heart to remember what God has done and be thankful. Here are some of our highlights from 2014:
Isaac improved dramatically in reading and in karate. We are very proud of how he has applied himself to seeing things through and not giving up. He impresses us daily with his thoughtfulness, curiosity, and exuberance for life.
Judah started preschool this year, and has us endlessly entertained us with his acrobatic antics, his affection for his big brother, and his playfulness.
We took trips to the snow, the Bay Area for family visits and work, a summer trip to New Castle, PA, annual Thanksgiving trip to Lake Tahoe and more trips to the Bay Area for the holidays. We love our family and enjoy traveling, and look forward to more in 2015.
We pressed into and focused even more on growing our photography business, and had an exciting year. We were increasingly busy all year with the things we love and helping people shine doing: weddings, portraits, photo booth and Google Business View. We made great connections, such as partnering as the exclusive photographer for a local magazine, and we added value to our services everywhere we could.
We are very thankful for all He provided and taught us, for our family & friends and good health, for play and for work, and we are hopeful for even more of His good plan unfolding in 2015.
Resolutions? Yes. Why? Well, not because it’s expected, or that we need to be busier, or we want another lofty goal we can’t meet. We aren’t looking to set ourselves up for disappointment, because we aren’t expecting perfection. We are a work in progress. We make resolutions because “without vision, people perish.” It’s good and right to have goals, to be intentional about personal growth, to look at areas that could use improvement or that are proper places for focus, and to purpose to change and grow in those areas. So, for 2015 we resolve to focus on 6 “C”s:
Christ: to know Him better and be more like Him
Character: to work on forming higher character and not giving in to our lower character traits
Connection: to value connection & relationships (and love) above all
Contentedness: to be at peace & glad for what we have while we still work & believe for more
Cheerful giving: to give of our time, talents & treasures as He leads, cheerfully
Careful: to be careful with our words & actions, paying attention to details, that others would experience from us kindness & excellence
There you have it. If we can manage to also lose 10 pounds, bring in a bunch more business, save 10% of our income, and get rid of at least 20% of the stuff we have piled and stored up around the house, so much the better.
Happy New Year everyone. Cheers to an amazing & abundant 2015!
Dream BIG and Love WELL,
~ Rick & Teresa