It has been easy to feel trapped or stuck in Vernal and pick out all the thing that we DON'T have there, or all the weird things that they DO have there and just be anxious to move. And although we have no set dates yet, we are moving.
However, Vernal has been a big part of our lives; this is where we bought our first place (like grownups) and where Rai was born, where we learned what life is like without Luke or I in school, and where we lived for almost a year and a half now (that is almost half of Tracen's life).
I wanted to do something special for Luke for Christmas and decided to make a video of some sort. I decided to make a video of the past year - but it was hard to know when to start it, and when to end it (I didn't want to cut out anything). I finally chose to feature our life during the time we have lived in Vernal with only the video clips that were on our phones. Watching the clips and putting it all together made me realize just how blessed we have been, and even if we don't live in our dream place, we live a wonderful happy life. It ended up being a gift to me as well, as I found new appreciation of life.
This video is mostly for our family - but if you want to lose 12 minutes of your life, you are welcome to watch. It was also too long (and I am too cheap) to upload in HD.
I also want to make record that there are 3 songs, and each is a favorite from the year. The first one is by Dotan and is Luke's favorite, the second is Coldplay and the third is a cover that Erika and Jenelle did of Gabrielle Aplin.
And I also want to make it a goal to try to see more positives. The negatives are easy to spot and dwell on, but there is always good.