This year my heart stormed, searched & sickened but it also sang, swelled, sympathised & ultimately was shaped to find content beyond circumstance. This year I lost loved ones and watched loved ones lose loved ones far too soon; I spent 5 weeks traveling with my parents along the west coast and another 4 with my in-laws; I was a bridesmaid for a beloved friend and watched many others say YES & I Do; I welcomed beautiful babies into the world & ached with others who struggled for their family to grow; I felt helpless in the face of the war on Syria & a world of increasing division; I quit my job & started anew; I said goodbye to my home in Santa Monica & bievenue to life in France. Above all my life was enriched by so many of you my family & friends. Despite my own experiences, 16 was turbulent for so many in our world. I pray hope found you like it did me & for those it did not - I pray 17 bring new found serenity to our brokenness.