how do you measure a year in the life?

in daylights, in sunsets
in midnights, in cups of coffee
in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
in five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.

excuse me while i become a mega-girl for a moment.

2010 is over. 2010 is over. 2010 is over. the year i swore was the worst year of my life. the year i learned how to live without your dreams and walk on crutches and stand in front of a crowd and talk about how much your friend meant to you in her short lifetime. the year my best friend moved to california and i almost lost my friendship to one of the most important people. the year that i sat beside my best friends and laughed and cried, and actually cried about real things in real life. the year i learned that i was more dramatic than i ever thought, and the year i started to really grow up.

the year that i learned what grace and hope and joy really mean. the year that Jesus held my hand and showed me how beautiful He is, how beautiful His world is.

the year that my heart finally realized that there was this boy in front of me that i had always known was there, but didn’t really know. the year that ended with that boy driving all the way to chattanooga to surprise me so i didn’t have to be alone on new year’s eve. the year that i realized that some people are going to really sit right next to you and say nothing while you break your bones and heart and watch and still love you and eventually you are going to love them back– because they were always sitting next to you, through all of it.

alright, i’m done being a girl. yuck– 2011, bring it on.

measure your life in love.