dear 2010

January 1, 2011 |  Category:   life

A year of extreme highs and lows. A 40th birthday. An ailing parent. Crazy, and I do mean crazy weather here in NY. New friendships forged in stone, some older friendships slipping away. A perfect summer vacation visiting friends and family in Seattle. An end to our relationship with our nanny of 6 years and facing the unknown of juggling school-as childcare with work schedules. A 5 month intense working stint at a big advertising agency (first – and last – time for everything). And at the end of every year I look back and feel like I got away with another year of freelancing, my 9th, working mostly on my terms and I wonder if I’ll be that lucky again the next year.

This was a hard post to write. 2010 was hard so in the end I just kept it simple. I can use a little less drama in 2011. But the one constant I see when I take a look back at all the photos of our year is the relationship that the girls have with each other, that sisterly bond. I can see it in the photos. No matter what year it is, I hope that never changes.

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  • Jenessa January 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    It is a very lucky thing to have a sister. My sister and I are two years apart and I am the younger one. I’ve been in love with my sister my whole life, and as corny as it may sound, she is still my very best friend.

  • Justine January 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Beautiful, Jenna! Happy New Year to you and yours.

  • Renee Alam January 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    We enjoyed those pictures of the sisterly love that they have for each other.They are just so adorable!Have a great new year!My 3 girls are each 2 years apart & are much older so those types of pictures don’t come very often…I have tried but as teenagers the last thing they want to do is hug each other. 🙁 But I know they do have a special bond being so close that I don’t have with my sister who is 9 rs younger than myself.

    PS-To anybody reading this,please visit our 2011 letters blog,thanks!

  • emmy January 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    You seriously have the cutest kids in the world!!!

  • Holli January 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Oh so beautiful…so incredibly happy that I found your blog. Happy 2011 🙂

  • Susan January 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Sorry for my commenting absence…Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you & your family. Free of nervous breakdowns (been there) and FULL of freelance fabulousness! 🙂

  • Renita January 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Bravo Jenna … Happy New Year!

  • Shilo January 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Your photos of your daughters make me want to have children of the same gender so they can experience that closeness.

    Here’s to a happy and easy new year.

  • Laura January 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Yes, I too had a very difficult 2010. Here is to hoping that 2011 is filled with more hope, more peace and less drama.

  • Funkysteph January 2, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Happy New Year to you, May 2011 bring you the best.

  • Pancakes For Recess January 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Happy New Year to you, Jenna! I’m so grateful to have stumbled upon your blog last year. Stupidly, I didn’t really know what a “blog” really was up until then. You’ve been an inspiration – in more ways than one. Best wishes to you and yours and may 2011 be all you dream of and more. Cheers!

  • theresa DeMyers January 2, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Happy New Year… still following and loving your blog! It is such a strange experience following a blog of a total stranger but I love it. As our kids are around the same age so it is fun watching how they grow and experience life in different countries. I have said it before, as have many others but I\ll say it again… I LOVE your pictures of the girls. Hope 2011 treats your family well.

  • Caddy January 2, 2011 at 5:53 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Mark and Jenna. The bond between your two girls is evident and sweet in pictures. 🙂

  • Selkie January 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Yes, 2010 was a year fighting cancer for me. Good riddance.
    My sister and I have had our ups and downs, and that is maybe a thing to remember: they will always have each other to “return” to if they have times when they are more distant (teenagers?). We are 58 and 60 now, live an hour apart, and see each other frequently.

  • Erin January 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Your blog is the one I always read first since you are so honest and open. It is really inspirational. I hope this year is much better for you and your beautiful family!

  • Linnea January 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Happy new year! Lovely photos. Hope 2011 will be a year full of happy events for you.

  • kaylovesvintage January 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    same here, 2010 was not my year, wishing you a strong& healty

  • Christie January 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    You have so many incredible pics on this site, but my absolute favorite is the one of the girls embracing at the hospital. When I first saw it, it made me teary eyed. I love, love, love it. Thank you for continually sharing your life experiences with us. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family, Jenna.

    *BTW, I also have a little sister and even though we weren’t close growing up (I hated having my own “shadow”), I couldn’t imagine my life w/out her now. I love her so much and I am so grateful for our bond and connection. The girls are tremendously blessed to have each other and to have such loving, wonderful parents.

  • Jenna January 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Selkie, what a year for you. I’m so glad that it sounds like you won your battle! Continued good health to you in 2011 and beyond.
    Christie, I love that picture too. I keep looking at it. It’s so special.

  • wishful nals January 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    i love this. you write so honestly. it is so refreshing, jenna. it’s been a year of ups and downs for me, too, and so needless to say i am so excited for 2011. i hope it brings you happiness, continued success and so much more. xo

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  • jennifer January 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

    you take the most beautiful portraits. makes me want to go give my sister a big hug. happy new year!

  • Emma January 5, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I know you probably get sick of hearing it but your girls are so beautiful and natural, it’s a joy to see these images of them.

    Have a great (and less stressful) 2011 :):)