As we get ready to move into a new year, I had intended to write a recap of the things that I was grateful for in 2012. There were many amazing moments with friends and family, a few memorable trips, and even some unexpectedly great accomplishments. I'm truly grateful for all of them. But at the moment I'm a bit daunted by the thought of looking back and reflecting on the past year. I might get the courage (or is it simply the energy?) to do it at some point, but for now, here are some images from my trip back to my hometown in southwest Minnesota for Christmas with my family.
(Some of these were taken with my iPhone and edited with Instagram or my Afterglow app, but most were taken with my Nikon.)
I had a magical drive home on the Saturday before Christmas. Somehow the last few minutes of my drive west corresponded with the exact moment the sun was setting directly over my hometown. The country road I was driving down was completely empty so I pulled over to take some photographs. I was so happy that I did. I hope to keep my camera close in 2013, because I want to capture more of these small, fleeting moments.
The next day was really cold, but I ventured out for a quick walk. I managed to stay outside just long enough to take a few photographs, and then I decided I liked it better inside the warm house.
Later that day my sister and I made lefse using my grandma's recipe. It was my first time making lefse, and my mom was very helpful, but it was not an easy job. It was still very fun, but hopefully next year it will go more smoothly. It definitely made me appreciate the fact that my grandma was still making large batches of lefse every year when she was well into her 90s.
Then the sun set on us again as we drove south to our tiny country church on Christmas Eve.
I'm grateful for many things this year, and having my family all sitting next to me as we filled up two rows of church pews is certainly one of them (even if we had to kick one couple out of the spot where they've sat every Sunday for the past 40 years! Fortunately they didn't give us too much grief about it.).
It was a great Christmas.