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A year in review…sort of

I just could not finish 2015 without writing on the blog. It was such a year! I can’t say it was all bad or all good. It was a very challenging year, that I can say!

Some very good things happened, some bad things happened and as I go thru the photos on my icloud I can see things I had forgotten, moments that went by without me noticing that they came and went.

My biggest achievements of 2015? Well I launched a magazine in the market, I made a non sleep marathon of 48 hours, I completed 20 years of marriage, I managed to stay above water and I think my children don’t hate me for the time I had to spend working!

I am a firm believer that an image speaks much more than words so this is sort of my year in review! Mind you in particular order or degree of importance! And yes I have only chosen photos of the good things. After all, what is the point on dwelling with the bad?

After trying for several days to take a photo for our Christmas card, this one was taken a week before Christmas! I was still able to make some cards…on the 24th of December!

Disneyland Paris 2015: Loved going with my Mother and the three girls. Lots of fun, laughter and carrying them around….

Seeing and listening to the Pope in Rome was for sure one of the most beautiful and inspiring things for me in 2015. I hope I can meet him in Portugal in 2016 when he come to visit.

Filipe’s confirmation day was a beautiful sunny day that produced some of my favorite photos of 2015. I love my family and being able to spend time together with them is one of the things I most enjoy doing.

We seldom take photos like this. In honest truth I don’t think we had on in a very long time. Not even at the various family members weddings. Love the smiles, the hugs, the hands joined together. Brothers and Sisters, Parents and children. Yes this is my family and I am so proud to be part of it!

Ballet is part of my life and being able to dance with my daughter at the school year play was for sure very important (even thought we are both wearing one f my least liked colors)!

Saying goodbye or see you later, is always hard. This was an homage paid to Conceição, the amazing woman that helped us grow up. A day of many tears I must say but also a day to show the gratitude we have for her.

DSC_0961Summer photos are the best I must say! Everyone is relaxed and tanned!

My boys!!!!

So far my parents count 8 grandchildren and more is on the way! It is never easy to take photos of 8 or 10 people but no matter what the result is, the process that lead to these images was such fun!

These photos were taken for the Love Crafts Christmas issue. They are on my top ten!!!

These 4 cousins are already such great friends! I can see them in a few years going shopping together and having the best of times in each others company.

My birthday was certainly different this year but a very good day that I will hope will set the tone for a very good year!

My parents made this in their home. Isn’t it amazing?

Friendship. True friends. How lucky I am to have them in my life!

There isn’t a Christmas without a 25th official team photo! Here is ours!

February 2015: the first Mother/daughter journey. She was so sweet and well behaved all the time. I hope that I can make this an yearly habit.

Sweet Frederico was born in May and I just love this new baby nephew so, so much.

20 years of marriage. And 25 since we started dating. A whole life spent alongside this gorgeous man with whom I have built a family, a home and a place where I know I can always rely on. May we count 3 times more!

They grow up so fast. In just 365 days they change so much. My four babies are becoming less babies by the day…

You know you have a full life when you have friends to travel with, girlfriends with whom you can splurge on an High Tea. After all, what is that we take from life besides love and friendship?

I have so many images and memories more from this year that now ends. It marks the end of some things for me and the beginning of new, better ones. But that is an entirely new post so I will leave it at that.

I wish everyone of you an amazing 2016 and I leave you with this amazing song from Mariza. It has been playing endlessly for me since my birthday and it gave me the courage to follow my dreams and finish some very important tasks. Hope it brings you the same sense of possibility and belief it brought me.

After all, Life IS a story worth sharing!

  • Maria Soares - Hi Patricia, what a lovely family you have, I hope to meet you next time you come to London to see Michelle Anne Johnson or perhaps when I visit Porto in the summer, my family is from Villa do Conde/Povoa De Varzim, so it is easy to go into Porto by Metro. Have wonderful 2016 and may your craft business continue growing.ReplyCancel

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