Friday, January 4, 2013

it was a jolly old year.

"Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

It was a jolly old year, was 2012. And as it ebbed away, like a tide subtly brushing the sand beneath it clean, snow came in fairy-tale flakes. It was the first decent snow of the winter, and a pretty way to ring in the new year. 

I thought awhile about what my "New Year's post" might be written about, late as it is. I know most people write long lists of the things they accomplished in the old year; favorite memories and adventures and good times spent; or they compile innumerable resolutions and hopes for the new year coming.Indeed, I have many things I could share--resolutions, fond memories, wishes, highlights. 

I have folder upon folder of photos that remind me vividly of good times past; I have a memory box in my head of these, as well. But instead of filling my post with a clutter of these things, I thought I would share one of my favorite poems with you all, and then two short five-item lists of 2012 memories and 2013 hopes.  Thus, 

A Song for New Year's Eve
by William Cullen Bryant

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay‚—
   Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
   Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
      Oh stay, oh stay,
One little hour, and then away.

The year, whose hopes were high and strong,
   Has now no hopes to wake;
Yet one hour more of jest and song
   For his familiar sake.
      Oh stay, oh stay,
One mirthful hour, and then away.

The kindly year, his liberal hands
   Have lavished all his store.
And shall we turn from where he stands,
   Because he gives no more?
      Oh stay, oh stay,
One grateful hour, and then away.

Days brightly came and calmly went,
   While yet he was our guest;
How cheerfully the week was spent!
   How sweet the seventh day’s rest!
      Oh stay, oh stay,
One golden hour, and then away.

Dear friends were with us, some who sleep
   Beneath the coffin-lid:
What pleasant memories we keep
   Of all they said and did!
      Oh stay, oh stay,
One tender hour, and then away.

Even while we sing, he smiles his last,
   And leaves our sphere behind.
The good old year is with the past;
   Oh be the new as kind!
      Oh stay, oh stay,
One parting strain, and then away.

I love this poem by Bryant because it simply and honestly rings the old year out with a wistful and almost melancholy air, but with bright hope for the future and a little underscore which whispers as Anne Shirley did, "Tomorrow is a fresh new day with no mistakes in it." For so it is with a new year--2013 is a fresh slate, though we mark it up as coarsely as we did the last. 

2012 // MEMORIES 

-Buying my first DSLR camera
-Shooting my first and second weddings
-Running at the 2012 OSAA Cross Country Championships with my team
-Starting a new sport
-Helping an unbelieving team mate come to know the Lord, and watching how on fire for Him she is today! 


-Turning 18
-Getting my driver's license 
-Developing a photography business
-Finishing my senior year of home schooled high school 
-Saving enough money to buy an upgraded SLR and potentially attend Capenwray Bible College
(and visit the lovely Jess! maybe?)

..Yes, 2012 was a "jolly old year." It had its trying moments, sadness, losses, failures, tears--but the laughter and the cozy, warm moments outweighed the bad. May you live this year, this coming 2013, with relish and joy, and may you be blessed by Him. 


For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Jeremiah 29:11)


  1. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Lucia. :) (that's the word that kept running in my mind when looking at/reading this.) 2012 was full of many beautiful things... and 2013 will be the same, I just know it--as every year is. Different, but still beautiful. :)

    (and ohmyword, your hair looked red in that first picture of you in the snow! did you dye it? {or maybe it's just a deception of the lighting/editing.} :) so beautiful, girl.)

    here's to 2013! :)


  2. oh, and also, that poem is one of my favorites. ever. Bryant had such a way with words. :) xoxo

  3. Looks like a winter wonderland! You're gorgeous inside and out! 21012 has been a blessing, but I'm definitely ready to put it behind. Tuck the memories away and have a blast this 2013.

  4. Oh my lanta. These shots are just the cutest, and most beautiful. I am in awe.


  5. your photography is ALWAYS stunning. and your year(s) sound like a blast -- all the best for 2013! :)

  6. These pictures are perfect! Especially the ones of you in the snow.

  7. Lovely photos...did you dye your hair or is that just a different lighting?

  8. 2012 was indeed jolly. 2013 will be even more magnificent, I am positive of it. Beautiful photos and words, Lucia!

  9. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! loving these pictures, dearheart. I cannot help but smile when I see just so much light and life in the snow! :)

  10. to be honest, I'm rather glad that twenty twelve is history now. but I'm also incredibly excited to see what magnificent things are going to happen in this next year.
    also, you're pretty stinkin adorable :)

  11. YES AND YES AND YES COME AND VISIT ME. oh my wordyness and minty biscuits, it would be so awesome. gah, you have to come now. yup. you have no choice any more. and you would probably be seeing way more of me that you would want. amen and amen. also, you're gorgeous.

  12. You are so pretty, your hair's dyed, right?!
    How exciting that you're turning 18 this year...what a milestone :)

  13. Love the pictures! Did you have a white Christmas? I did and it was a shock as I live in Texas! :) Oh, wow! You are turning 18 this year!?!?!?! I started following you when you were 16! :) Oh, and is your hair dyed? Just curious! :)



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