and then it crept away

















a collection of photos from this year.

my heart pumped faster as i looked back at these photos. i've plucked and etched memories out of their hiding places and celebrated them one last time; these photographs encapsulate a world of nostalgia and make my heart flutter and shiver and dance.

i've learnt and accomplished so much this year (i have achieved high scores on two major music exams, entered a music competition, been baptised, welcomed a my baby brother into this world, completed a several tough homeschooling courses, done hours upon hours of artwork, worked for pay, taken too many photographs, bought my first dSLR, grown in my relationship with God, and completed last years' reslolution: doing the box splits and straddles [the latter I can do in both my right and left legs!])  but honestly, 2012 was probably the hardest year i've ever experienced.  i've learnt what life is really like - real, raw and bitter. i've discovered that no one - no one - is perfect.  i have cried and wept hard many times but
God has taught me so much.

2012 has crept away - forever.  so during this new 2,013 year i want to live intentionally and love fiercer and laugh harder and let go more and learn about too many things and make art that matters and cry freely and capture life. 


what do you hope to do during this new year?


xx

27 comments

  1. Ah, your heart really speaks through your words and it's beautiful. Your pictures are lovely and your words are so heart-warming and real.

    Here's to 2013 being your best year yet!
    I've loved reading your posts this year and look forward to reading more of what you post in the new year. I LOVE your blog, and your artwork is amazing.

    Blessings, friend!

    -Madi

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  2. Also, your last paragraph? My favorite. :))

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  3. I SERIOUSly do not know how your hands are so gifted. They capture shots that stay in my memory and capture my soul. I love this, needless to say.
    Happy 2013 to a truly lovely and talented girl. AKA you.

    xo

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  4. Your pictures are so pretty! The editing is so pretty also!

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  5. Wow! The photos are fantastic and I'm glad twenty-twelve was a good year in the fact that you learned valuable lessons.

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  6. Every time you post something new it makes me LOVE your blog even more!!:) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  7. A wonderful year in review, Acacia. You're a talented girl, that's for sure.

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  8. your words are so beautiful. happy 2013! x

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  9. GIRL. these are ahh-mazing. I'm am literally speechless.
    you have some amazing talent! I mean, just GAHHH.. these are perfect.
    happy 2013, darling!

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  10. oh my goodness i did mini happy dances over every picture and it was all so perfect and your words were perfect and you are amazing. have a very wonderful year, love.
    xoxo

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  11. this is amazing. i love your writing and your photography, so much. happy new year :)

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  12. My goodness. I can't even choose a favorite. Its like candy for the eyes, I can't get enough of your beautiful photography!
    Have a very happy new year.
    xx

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  13. I am a big fan of your photographs. They are so lovely and you are such a talented photographer!
    Hope you have a happy new year.

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  14. Your photos and words are truly breathtaking! I love all of the art you create - and your hunger to only create more! It truly inspires me to do the same. :)

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  15. This is so wonderful and your photography is absolutely beautiful!
    Kimmy x

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  16. Dear, dear Acacia,
    Your heart is so beautiful! I love how hard you work and how much you strive to live an authentic and thankful life! I can't express how much I've relished getting to know you this year. I love scrolling through these lovely photos, and it was especially fun because every few pictures, I'd see one that is on my little 'Acacia Collage' on my wall. :) haha, that sounds creepy, but you know what I mean. ;)
    Your art is gorgeous, and you're inspiring me to paint more. You baby brother? Well, I won't even get started on him… too cute! And your style is so lovely and colorful. I only wish that I could pull of the colored pants! (I can never find any that aren't skinny jean-style, but I just can't do the skinny thing.)
    I can't wait to see what God has in store for us all in this next year… I've never been so pumped. :)

    Happy 2013!

    xx.
    Lindsey

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  17. Wow, your photography is more than captivating. I love all of these!

    Have a wonderful and blessed new year! :)

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  18. Every picture is so inspiring. You have quite the talent in art as well as photography. Happy New Year!

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  19. ahhh how are you so incredibly talented? also you make me want to paint. happy new year dearie, keep on keepin' on. :)

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  20. This is fabulous. I love the detail and what a great year recap.

    Best wishes for 2013...

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  21. Wow this is amazing! Happy 2013 :)
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

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  22. Oh! Looking at the pictures from your year made me remember looking through the pictures of my year...and how I've changed and grown.I know that heart beat feeling well.
    This really was beautiful. <3
    You inspire me. =)
    You might find this curious, but I Love the picture of the cow! Dunno why, just do.
    Happy New Year!

    ~Jenny

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  23. This is so real and touching. I kept nodding mentally and going, "yes, yes, yes." I don't know what it is, but dear, everytime you write it resonates so deeply- and so fully. I feel everything you say through and through. Happy 2013!
    xo.
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  24. These pictures are so beautiful. They have so much feeling and emotion, and the words that follow are perfect.

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  25. These are all too good. I kept telling myself that a certain one was my favorite of the bunch, but then the next one rolled around.

    Anaruizwriting.blogspot.com

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  26. Acacia! Your little brother is so sweet! Another blessing from God and the only one of the family we haven't met yet. Tell your brothers i'm so pround of them for baking a pie! I still remember the days when I would be tell them "No! You can't go back outside ato play in the mud and yes, you have to fold the laundry!" Good times. :D
    God has given you so much talent and so many tools and glorify Him. I'm so proud of you girl.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Caroline

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  27. gorgeous! what book do you use to write and draw in?

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