[This is US a couple weeks ago. Fab photo by rad neighbour-photographer: Rachael King Johnson.]
You were good to us - as good as a year can be and I thank you for that. You were littered with gems + fireworks except for when you were soft with tears. And I couldn't fault you for mixing it up like that because there is no joy without some sadness... I get that. I get that in a humbled way that makes my heart want to crack sometimes. I can't thank you enough for blessing us with Poet - she's happy, healthy and perfect. Her sisters are the same and there was not a day of the entire year that I didn't wake up overflowed by my good fortune of three healthy, beautiful ladies. Thank you for being good to Dan and giving him enough patience to love us all. Even when we were too loud and too cranky. We wouldn't have made it through without him. Thank you for the health of our friends + families and all the new members that have taken spots on earth. Please, please bless the ones who didn't make it. And 2011? If we're being thankful - thanks for Normie + Frank. They have been doing their best to distract me from the small fact that around the halfway mark of this year - amidst the goodness - you took my bestfriend, Crash. And I guess if we're being totally honest, as much as it hurts - thank you for giving me the opportunity to let him go with the dignity that a pal like that deserves. You're alright 2011.
We're alright, too.
Happy trails. NOW LET'S DO SOME CELEBRATING. To you and yours - make 2012 what you need.