I’ve tried so hard to find the words to describe this year, but they’re not ready to reveal themselves yet, so I’ll keep it simple. Beautiful days + moments like Brittney & Cory’s October 2020 wedding brought so much light, love, and joy to a year that has been beyond challenging. I think Teddy Roosevelt really did say it best:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I hope this year, you dared greatly. I hope you knew great enthusiasm, and great devotion, and that you continue to show up in the 2021 arena prepared to fall short, err, and strive valiantly again and again and again.

– Sarah Delanie