Simple Sunday – Letter to a New Year

Dear 2013,

We do not know each other yet, as you have not come around to say hello, so I thought I would write you this brief letter by way of introduction.  I know that people have great expectations for you and that can be a bit scary and overwhelming.  I would like you to know that I do not put you up on a pedestal nor do I make resolutions, either simple or outlandish that I may or may not break.  To me you are another year full of untapped possibilities.

I want to take this time to look back on 2012 and focus on the good, my dear 2013.  So without further ado here is a list of happy moments in photographs, one (or two or three – sometime it was hard to just pick one) from each month.

Please know that I realize it is up to me, not you, to bring about more of these special life moments.  You are an empty canvas and I look forward to painting.



January – dance, especially if you can do so in the snow


February – take time out for a cup of tea

Feb 2012

March – take time to be in awe of the power of nature, especially those parts that seem smaller than you for in the grand scheme of things they are not

March 2012 Collage

April – don’t be afraid to create

April 2012

May – when you are sick, allow those who love you to comfort you

May 2012

June – when you find an interesting path, don’t be afraid to follow it

June 2012

July – enjoy a popsicle with friends

July 2012

August – take a catnap, they are good for you

August 2012

September – prepare and enjoy a meal with someone special

Sept 2012

October – embrace old traditions but don’t be afraid to make new ones too

October 2012 Collage

November – look at things from a different perspective

Nov 2012

December – hold tight to those that are near and dear to your heart.  Remember to tell them how much they mean to you.

Dec 2012 Collage

I wish the grandness of simplicity and the fullness of happiness and good health to you, my great family of bloggy friends.  I consider it an honor to know you.  You inspire me to be better, to live better, and to grow.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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18 Responses to Simple Sunday – Letter to a New Year

  1. Awww…I absolutely adore this!!! Breathtakingly awesome!

    • shoes says:

      Thanks – it was fun to put together although it took way longer than it should have as I kept getting lost on memory lane with all the photographs over the past year.

  2. You guys had such a GREAT YEAR!!! HERES TO MANY MORE!! Happy New Year !!!

  3. Jodi says:

    Beautifully said. Happy New Year to all of you and I do hope Cody is feeling better!!

    • shoes says:

      Thank you. I hope your New Years is a blast. I am wondering if Delilah and Sampson will stay up until midnight. I am guessing not. 😉

      Cody has been fever free all day and is feeling fine. Deep breath and moving forward.

  4. Happy New Year to you, too!!! Love this post!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Great photos… love the one with the bridge and green trees. So cool how your boys drink tea! I tried a delicious blueberry one recently, but the girls were not as excited about it. Happy New Year!

    • shoes says:

      Thanks – we are super lucky in that the picture of the bridge and trees is at a park just a few minutes drive from our house. The boys love the IDEA behind tea, especially the dunking of the tea bag, but as far as the drinking of tea goes, they only have a couple sips or two.

  6. Here’s to a very fulfilled 2013 may we make it what we want and learn to take the bad with the good and remember those who love us!

  7. Ashley says:

    Love your pictures! Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • shoes says:

      Thanks – it was pretty fun to look back over the pictures from the past year (and man do I take a lot of pictures!) Hope your New Year is grand!

  8. Hetterbell says:

    What a lovely idea! That’s a brilliant letter to a new year, and I love all your photos. It looks like you all had a fab time. I hope this year is even better for you all! 🙂

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