The older I get the more I approach the start of each new year with a fair amount of trepidation. More and more of life lies behind me. Also as I get older so does everyone else; parents, spouse, daughter, dog. Some still in the prime of their lives, others not so much. Yes, this does concern me. My dad will be 80 in February, which in this day and age isn't that old, but still you never know. I can't imagine life without my dad. I have a project that I want to work on with him this year. I want to make videos of him sharing his history with me. Recording this for me, for my daughter and for my future grandchildren. My dad is a collector of stuff, really cool old stuff. Stuff full of family history. I want the stories of those things and I want the stories in his voice.
After losing one dog this past year I don't want to go through that again any time soon. Yet Scout will be 12 in just a few days. While still full of naughtiness for his age, he also harbors some less than wonderful hips. On his good days we will go out and explore to our hearts content. On the less than stellar days I will make him comfortable with a warm blanket on his dog bed, while I write and process pictures and video from our adventures.
Despite some trepidation, I also approach 2015 with great excitement because many wonderful things lie ahead.
The first of which being the graduation of the beautiful girl from college on the first Saturday of May. The first of our family to graduate with a four year degree. She is changing the blood line, a phrase she has grown to detest yet tolerate. But it is true, she is changing the blood line and we are extremely proud of her!
In celebration of her graduation we are taking a family vacation to Walt Disney World a little later in May. We haven't been in a number of years but it is one of our favorite vacation destinations. Glen and Mallory love the rides, I love the people watching. I should come back with some great stories.
At some point in the year we will help the beautiful girl move somewhere to begin life beyond college. She has no idea where that will be or what she will be doing. But I have complete faith that what ever and where ever it is, it will be an amazing adventure.
Another highlight in the year ahead will be meeting up with a dear blogging friend for a week vacation in Pennsylvania. We have been friends for a couple of years and have walked through some hard times together. Yet we have never met in person. This year we will change that. We will have a week to hike together, to photograph together, to go antiquing and to go to coffee shops. A week to talk, to laugh and to cement a life long friendship.
Finally, I haven't been around this space much lately but I have been busy. I have been working hard on my new project: A Year Beside The Water. The sight is live and the first post is up. I would love it if you would click on over and check it out. This will be where I will be spending most of my time in 2015. I am so excited to see where this project takes me and to document the creative growth that lies ahead.
I am also excited to see where 2015 will take you my friends. I would love to hear a plan or two that you have in the works for the year ahead.