I had the chance to spend this New Year’s Day at a party with lots of good friends at a home by the lake. I am sure it would have been lovely and I would have had a great time.
However, I decided to stay home with my family instead and welcome in the new year with the people I love most in this world.
That was definitely the best decision.
Sometimes the most magical times happen most unexpectedly and your heart feels like it is going to burst from all the happy.
It began with my son and I meeting in the kitchen to get something to eat. We got to talking and before long, we were joined by my daughter, my mom, and my husband.
As the cold January sun shone through the kitchen windows, life in all its wondrous beauty happened.
My son sat on the kitchen counter while the rest of us sat around the table.
We talked about everything from Jesus to college life to politics to childhood memories, to church, to hopes and dreams to future grandchildren to sports.
There were serious moments but there was plenty of laughter. At one point, I literally had to wipe the tears from my eyes from giggling so hard.
How I treasure moments like this. They cannot be forced; they just happen organically and they are beautiful. It is one moment in time, never to be repeated. Eventually, we all drifted off to our own pursuits, but the memories of that two and a half hours will always live on in my heart and bring a smile to my face.
Just as I was leaving the kitchen, I noticed that the light from the setting sun was particularly golden and it lit up my son’s profile in a lovely way. So I grabbed my camera (my New Year’s resolution is to not go anywhere without my camera) and started clicking away.
Eventually, my mom joined her grandson on the counter and they both allowed me to continue to shoot.
Oh the laughter!
And silly expressions…
Almost more than anything else, I LOVE capturing authentic moments as real life unfolds.
I have realized that I am most at home when my hands are holding a camera and my eye is looking through the lens, constantly searching for beauty to capture in the midst of ordinary days.
I am so grateful for the gift of today.
A new year and a fresh journey beckon…and I am ready.
2015 is off to a beautiful start.