happy new year!!!!

2008 was a year of big changes for my family.  HUGE changes for willow especially, but chris and i also had our moments of discovery and big events.  this year, i resolve to focus on gratitude.  i really do have so much to be grateful for.  i am so grateful that my family made it through 2008 healthy, happy and prosperous. i am also grateful for the friends that i’ve made this past year.  there are some amazing women that i’ve gotten very close to and feel so blessed to have them in my life, they each bring something unique and special and now that i know them, i can’t live without them!  i am SO grateful for my parents, they have done so much for me, given me so much love through the years, and love my husband and baby nearly as much as i do!  most of all, they set such a great example of parenting for me to follow.  i am grateful for my brother and his family, we have always been so close and i know that he is always a phone call away.  although our lives are separate and we live hundreds of miles apart, our hearts are still attached and we always are able to pick up right where we left off.  i am grateful for my old friends, that have carried me through the years.  my grandmother, my inspiration, one of the greatest joys of my life, and willow’s middle namesake.  the rest of my big extended family.  i am so lucky to be a part of it and treasure each person.  i am so thankful for my career.  each time i meet a family and photograph them, i feel an overwhelming gratitude toward them for choosing me to invite into their lives.  i feel ecstatic when i am able to deliver something to them that they will cherish and hand down, freezing their life as they know it in photographs that are as beautiful as they are meaningful.  wow!!!  just writing about all this has put me in such a good mood!!!  and on that note, i am going to go to bed and snuggle that baby.  did i mention how grateful i am for her?  ithink you can tell! 🙂