Well, here I am, sick on the holidays for the second year in a row (dammit), but that didn’t stop me from doing it…
The annual Temple Photo Year in Review!
And what a year it was.
If you didn’t already get this in your email or see it somewhere on social media, this is our way of sending seasons greetings at year’s end because we don’t do paper. We just don’t.
Now, we know many people are pretty happy to see 2016 go BYE BYE, and we’re not gonna lie — we’re tempted to feel that way, too. We started the year off with bad health news for Lisa after ten great years of remission, then Grandpa Burgess died, then Grandma Lucy died…
And then of course there was that crappy election… Some other nasty stuff happened, too (like David Bowie kicking off the death of basically every entertainer we loved? Really?)…
But when we look back on our year with all our loved ones, in these photos, it doesn’t look so bad. We don’t see brain lesions. We don’t see people dying. We don’t see disappointment or hopelessness or the end of anything. We see people we love, coming together, and being there for us; all of us being there for each other.
In fact, we feel pretty lucky, and if 2016 is the “worst year ever”, then we are DAMN lucky, and we need to enter 2017 practicing a LOT of gratitude. Which we pledge to do.
We also pledge to make time for all the people pictured in these photos – and those who aren’t, as well (it’s our hope that more people make it in every year!).
To sum it all up, the lesson of 2016 is:
We appreciate our loved ones so much, and we can’t wait for another year of good AND bad with you.
(because that’s just how it goes)
See our past year-end photo recaps here: