Year in Review, 2016

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!

Click the pick for lots more on our Flick!

Click the pick for lots more on our Flick!

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)

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See our past year-end photo recaps here:

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

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One thought on “Year in Review, 2016

  1. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    I am grateful for every year, especially because I have a wonderful family and great friends with which to share the good and the bad. The good is always better, and the bad is never as bad when you have those blessings. We will get through it all together. Thank you for preserving the memories for us, Love you and Trent and all the good things you have done for us through out the year. Enjoy life!

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