oh, but I thought I'd ask you just the same
what are you doing
new year's, new year's eve?
what are you doing new year's eve | she and him

Usually, once December 31st rolls around, I shake my head and wonder how another year has flown by. I can honestly say that this year, I don't feel at all like it flew by. In many ways 2011 was the best year of my life so far. I have grown more than I ever thought I could as God brought different challenges my way and as various chapters of my story unfolded before me. There were endings and beginnings. Relationships changed- most, I can happily say, for the better (by far). All in all, it was so very good. 

This year I stretched myself, did things I never would have expected myself to do before. I traveled and saw people and places I had missed dearly, with people I love. I saw waterfalls, beaches, campuses, mountains, and more, yet found, as always, that I am most content at back where I belong, surrounded by the people I love most. I prayed hard- more than I ever have- for many, many things. You could say that it paid off. 

Easily, one of the single most monumental "events" from the past twelve months was the end to my scoliosis story.... and since I could ramble about this forever I'll kindly spare you and just let you read it for yourself over here. The fact that I am entering a new year without a. a plastic shell around me or b. the knowledge that I have to be measured for my first one (as was the case in 2009) is inexpressible; there simply are no words. 

Over the past twelve months I received my first "big" camera. I told you all {and many friends who never knew} about my scoliosis for the first time. I renewed promises that I had made to myself. I traveled to the beach. I took a closer look at a treasured heirloom. I realized how much I love the woods. I started a new project. I bought my first lens. I became more comfortable with who I really am. Oh, goodness.. I experienced freedom. I went to the farmer's market for the first time. It was a full, exciting, difficult, fresh, beautiful year. 

And I cannot wait for what the next twelve months hold.

So, tell me. What are you doing this New Year's Eve?

Happy New Year everyone.



  1. New years...such a strange time for me. But you can read about it here-

    Happy New years!

  2. Happy New Years! :)

  3. happy new year, caitlin! your photos are amazing as always ♥

  4. Cool end-of-the-year post! And the photography is really cool! I love your quiet style.