Happy New Year, and all that jazz

Mary Liz Ingram —  January 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

New Year’s Eve, 10:00pm. The little one is down for the count, but our older two kids are still up and our friends have just headed home. Sitting by the nice warm fire, we open a bottle of bubbly to share…sparkling apple juice, that is. (Champagne has already been shared by adults!)

It’s time to review the year and discuss the new year to come. (I confess the only art in this post is the “art of life.” But life is art!!!)

2012 started off quite well, I would say: the Ingrams were in Disney World! We shook off the weights we’d been carrying on our shoulders, and had a seriously magical time. There was one night in Epcot that the kids ran free on this light up floor and we couldn’t get them to leave…they were on a “fun high” and their freedom and laughter rubbed off on me. Life is to be enjoyed.

Happy and Free

Happy and Free

Our favorite part of 2012 was the birth of our baby girl! In April, a little light entered our family. Life is to be loved.

Baby Toes

Baby Toes

2012 brought the adventure of my new job as director of a preschool, and the publication of my husband’s first book (of which you should all order a copy right away! Shameless plug: http://www.organicstudentministry.com). Life is to take chances.

Hollow Faith, by Stephen Ingram

Hollow Faith, by Stephen Ingram

2012 ended well, with a happy family enjoying life together by the fire, toasting champagne flutes full of apple juice. Life is to be celebrated.

Our daughter made a list of our New Year’s resolutions and pinned it to the fridge. In a nutshell, they are to live well, to be kind and make peace.

I cling to the words on a dear friend’s family New Year’s card:

“Worry Less, Laugh More”

These are also my well-wishes for you….

Happy New Year!!!

Mary Liz Ingram


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