And in the blink of an eye, another year has come to an end. 2016 was rough. I'm not going to put us through the misery of recounting the death, the destruction, and the dismay of this past year. Suffice it to say that as a world, as a country, as a community, as friends, as family, and as individuals we are survivors.

2017 is upon us and I think it would be cliche to say that it's a chance for new beginnings. Rather, let's say it is an opportunity to build upon the lessons we have learned and to push forward toward success, toward prosperity, toward love. Let us use the good times and the bad of the last 12 months to propel us into being people of greater motivation, greater character, and greater strength. Let us honor where we have been by elevating the people we will be. The new year doesn't have to be a fresh start, but it can help us to re-focus, to re-center ourselves, to remember what we want and how to get there.

Happy New Year from all of us at By Grace! May it be a year of adventure, of laughter, of beauty, and of grace.

Until next time (and next year),

Emily and Kelsey