2013: The Weddings

My milestone (of this week):  previewing this year’s year-in-photos before the year actually ended. My stresser:  rushing to finish compiling these photos by midnight EST.  My triumph:  realizing my target audience is all back in my west coast time zone, extending the deadline by three hours. Instead of stressing, I went out for chai latte’s with my family. Because that’s what vacation is all about, right?

When 2013 started, I wasn’t super thrilled about the year. I had just begun the process of relocating to a new country, I was facing the reality of leaving family and friends behind, and I wasn’t sure how I would handle all the “new” that was required of such a monumental, cross-country, cross-border move.  I should’ve known, though:  God’s grace is sufficient, and He does exceedingly abundantly above all that I can ask or imagine.

By March, I was a fully established resident of Canadaland (a bureaucratic victory).  In May, I  began my summer wedding season in earnest –  commuting back-and-forth from British Columbia to the east coast (North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, with a stop in Arkansas and Arizona, as well).  In June, I took a quick break from work to take a photography mission trip to France.  In October, I hosted five family members and toured all over British Columbia and Washington State.  In November, I finished my wedding season and went to China to join John while he finished his work project over there.  All told, the year was a smashing success.

And now it’s (almost)  January all over again.  The clock is ticking, the month is almost over, and a new year is right around the corner.

This time, I’m excited.

It’s going to be a great year.

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