10 Favorite Pics for 2018

Y’all…2018 is OVER. Over. OVER. For real. All gone. Bye-bye.

How is it possible??? I ask myself this every month and yet the time moves faster and not slower. Despite my ever growing hypocritical and contradictory wish for the season to pass but the time to slow, neither seem to happen. And let’s clarify - I do not mean for any of the four seasons to pass, only the season of fruitfulness to pass. This lady is tired, just like the rest of you I have no doubt. Give us peace. Give us blessings. Give us rest. Give us rejoice. Give us merrymaking. And please Lord, give us REST.

I say this as I am entering into my second night of full insomnia and have been awake for 30 hours. I do not say this to boast, but to merely acknowledge that I am writing a blog post after spending the last 29 hours working nonstop on other things. That is why my 2018 has disappeared and I haven’t written much in a while. In my heart I do still hope to discover a schedule in 2019 to embark on accomplishing my goals.

For now, I am linking up with Erin to share my ten favorite photos from 2018. This has been an incredible year in many ways so picking only ten photos is quite a challenge! These are a collection of ones that come to mind, but there are so many more memories with or without photos that could easily make a favorites list as well.

In no particular order:

#1 The moment we met Lorenzo Gianni on our wedding day was captured with a series of unflattering facial expressions as I expressed my excitement, but our first family photo to follow still melts my heart. He was all of about two pounds (or less) and two months old.

#2 Everything about this photo of the hubs makes me happy. So much so that I have it framed on my desk and it pops up when he calls me.

#3 My dad’s real smile and this photo make me so happy. It’s also framed on my desk. My dad is Superman, in case you didn’t know. Always has been and always will be.

#4 Everything about this candid photo is my heart. I don’t get to see nor talk to my brother as much as I’d like to. He’s a busy husband, father to four little girls, and super neuro-scientist researching and curing the world. He lives in Miami, too, which doesn’t help with logistics. He helped us carry stuff to our hotel room after our wedding reception and after talking a bit hugged me before he left. The hubs caught this moment. I cherish it.

#5 The hubs travels quite a bit for work and had to go to Ft. Lauderdale to look at a plane. While there he went towards Miami to visit my brother, sister in law, and four nieces. These tiny beauties warmed up to him enough to take this adorable picture that is also framed in our house.

#6 We took Lorenzo to meet Mammaw in July and she just loved him!! (Of course!)

#7 My oldest niece started school this year. To say I had a mini emotional breakdown is an understatement. I want to bottle her up in a time capsule so she won’t grow up anymore! I literally bawled in Target on her first day of school. #tiabeccacan’thandleit

#8 Lorenzo. Every picture. Every time. This bunny baby has mommy melted into a big puddle every day.

#9 In October we went to Monterrey and Saltillo to visit some of the hub’s family. It was super fun and so nice to meet so many of them and I definitely look forward to meeting more in the future. This is only a subset of the family but I just loved that we were able to capture such a large group. After this we ate, drank, and danced the night away. Literally!

#10 There were a lot of events and a lot of weddings this year. It was so wonderful to have my girlfriends together on each of these occasions and yet I don’t seem to have a photo with everyone together. But, this one has a majority of us all and I am anxiously awaiting for the professional photographer’s version so I can print it and frame it!

What are some of your favorite photos from 2018? Can you even wrap your thoughts around this year being weeks from being over?

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead! Thank you for sticking with my blog as I have been swallowed whole by 2018 but am still here churning water and staying afloat. God is so good!