With tree branches sagging under the weight of the recent snowfalls, things look simple and beautiful. And this past year has been about just that. Although I tend to be quite nostalgic, I don’t reflect much at the end of years, trying to keep forward momentum. But this year was so rich with food, family, friends, and traveling, I want to remember every moment. While this year wasn’t always easy, the intention was still the same—simple and beautiful.
We have spent both momentous and commonplace time with our family and friends. We have shared meals that warmed our hearts and put smiles on our faces. We have served 250 meals at our dinners, while introducing and meeting new friends. We have driven 22,000 miles around this diverse country, sometimes only concerned with the essentials: what we were going to eat that day and where were going to sleep.
We have also mourned the loss of many, reminding us to hug each other tighter and never take those precious moments together for granted.
We have made a new home together, taking care that every object tells a story or brings a smile to our face. We have made a family of 2 together, creating our own traditions and rituals. We have picked each other up after the ever-present bumps in the road, while making ourselves laugh until our sides hurt.
For us, 2012 was the year of large celebrations—thesis dinners, our wedding, and themed dinner parties. We are so grateful and fortunate to have all of these memories and stories to tell. But the New Year will bring very different things for us—new opportunities and unknowns, intimate gatherings, and more time to walk in the snow. We raise our glass of bubbly to you, friends. Thank you for making it more than we could have ever imagined. Cheers to an unbelievable 2012! And cheers to a happy happy New Year!