Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up.
Do you ever set a word or intention to start off the new year? I have done this for the past couple years. I enjoy having a sort of mission statement or vision to develop myself throughout the year.
My word for 2019 was FOUNDATION which according to Dictionary.com means, "an underlying basis or principle." Through all I have read to gain knowledge on developing my family culture to set us up with a strong foundation, I have been drawn to two new words.
I begin this new decade of 2020 with a clear vision of the foundation I want to build for my family based on WONDER + WHIMSY. Dictionary.com defines these words as follows:
a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable
playfully quaint or fanciful behavior or humor
While I have read many books and devotionals this past year to lead me to these words, I know the three books that have most impacted me are The Call of the Wild + Free by Ainsley Arment, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne, M.Ed., and Love Does by Bob Goff.
In my family as well as through my photography I will be remembering that "less is more" and relationships are where we can spend time enjoying one another as we look to the good and the beautiful. Our days will surely include adventures when thinking of these things, whether to explore the river in our neighborhood or traveling north to see the process of maple syrup.
When you’re on an adventure with people, everything changes. Being surrounded by wind and waves, traveling through the beautiful world that God created, and hanging from the bottom of a huge spinnaker are the things that make our differences seem less important. When you start a huge mountain was sheer cliffs and waterfalls cascading thousands of feet, you forget the person next to you smells a little funny or was mean to you once in second grade. God designed us to be this way. I think he knew that the more we stand in all of him, the less will stand in judgment of each other.
What do you have in store for your new year?
"...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8 NIV
Hi. I'm Suzanna.
I like running outside, eating real food and crafting beautiful images. I am captivated by documenting everyday life–revealing what authentic, adventurous and lovers of life we all are.