What 2008 looked like for me

As I look back at 2008, this is what I see:

Laughter, tears, sleeping, not sleeping, learning, reading, going, going, going, snuggling, squeezing, kissing.

Thinking I know it all and then realizing I know nothing at all. (Repeat that cycle about 5 times.)

Thinking I can do anything and then facing and overcoming my own old fears once I’m there doing it.

Wondering where this business has been my whole life, yet knowing that I would have never been ready for this until I’ve traveled the path that I have.

Finding myself, once again, at the beginning of another grief process with an absolute unknown ahead of me. I know though, that with every fire comes refinement. Perhaps 2009 will bring more clarity to that.

I see that being a mother is one of the greatest joys and never dreamed it was this amazing. (I have to keep my feelings about Miles to a sentence or I will write a book about how much I’m in love with him!)

I see my husband as a pillar of patience and strength as he held me up and sacrificed his time away from his own business to help me pursue my own dreams. (Once again, I’m showing restraint by only writing one sentence about my hubby when I could write more.)

I see myself wrapped in love and support from my family and friends as I have grown and find myself redefining who I am once more.

I see myself amazed at the outpouring of new friends that have come along at exactly the right time.

I see myself comforted by the presence of my old friends and all the love our history brings.

All right, enough of me describing what I have seen in 2008, it’s time for you to see! I created a slideshow of what 2008 looked like for me. There are photos of our family life, us shooting (John posing for test shots), our life with our friends and snapping photos of their kids here and there, and everything else that came along. I tried to keep this video as short as I could, but it IS a whole year. So hang in there. There are lots of photos from us, our friends, our iphones and our own computer’s built in cameras.

Hope you enjoy a peek into my year. 🙂

I will say that one of my goals for 2009 is to work on staying in the moment. That means letting go of the past and not holding on to a particular outcome for the future. For a photographer constantly capturing the past and then pouring over the images constantly, that is a VERY tall order to do. So as I create this memoir of 2008, I also release it, give thanks and move on to what is in this moment. And for now, that is a very overdue BEDTIME!!! Nighty Night!

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  • annieJanuary 12, 2009 - 12:13 pm

    What a beautiful 2008! On to 2009 and all it has to offer! Love to you! Annie

  • GailJanuary 12, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Wow..Bets, this is just so perfect and so you.

    So what it’s like to watch your son grow up in 4 minutes? Geez… I can’t BELIEVE how much older he looks from the start of the slideshow to the end. Can’t wait to see the AMAZING images in store for you in ’09! And I hope we can work together too!

  • BetsyJanuary 12, 2009 - 2:07 pm

    If you are watching this video on a slower computer, it will take a few seconds to load some of the photos and then flip through like 5 photos at a time. So hang in there, the second time it goes through it works fine.

    Thanks for watching!

  • SelenaJanuary 12, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    Amazing!! I can’t wait to see what 2009 has in store for you! 🙂

  • ErinJanuary 12, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    Just beautiful. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2009!

  • JonJanuary 12, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Geez, Betsy. This is wonderful. THANKS for doing all the work and making it so fun. 2008 really was an up-n-down year but you have captured your take on it beautifully. I particularly like the poster: Today I will be happier than a bird with a French Fry. 🙂 My new motto…. Thanks!

  • CandiceJanuary 12, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    Absolutely amazing. No other word for it. 🙂 And you are super blessed with THE most adorable little man, big man and a fabulous house, my dear. Yay for ’09!

  • JessicaJanuary 12, 2009 - 4:13 pm

    Beautiful slideshow! You are very blessed. I hope that 2009 brings you many more great things!

  • SarahJanuary 12, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Loved the slide show…it was magical! I hope your life is just as lovely as the photos you take 🙂 And the cute song is going on my playlist!

  • Katie BeverleyJanuary 12, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    Love this–what a beautiful collection of your 2008!

  • redJanuary 12, 2009 - 7:37 pm

    That slide show was amazing! What an amazing year and what an amazing keepsake for Miles to have in future years

  • Jessica ParkisonJanuary 12, 2009 - 7:38 pm

    what a great video! Miles has grown so “quickly”. I’ve been blog stalkin for so long now its funny to me to recognize things that were awhile ago. I think “oh, i remember that” as if i was actually there myself. haha Bring on 2009! It’s gonna be awesome!

  • JackieJanuary 12, 2009 - 8:29 pm

    WOW Bets – amazing work! I cannot believe how Miles has grown – time truly flies too quickly when they are little. You and John should have a zillion children, what amazing parents. Miles will have these wonderful pics and videos you do as he grows. What a treasure. Keep up the good work!

    Love ya, Jackie

  • KristinJanuary 12, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Just beautiful, Bets. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer LamyJanuary 13, 2009 - 12:36 am

    What a beautiful slideshow!! And a perfect song to go with it. Wishing you many blessings and a wonderful 2009.

  • laceyJanuary 13, 2009 - 1:52 am

    so wonderful. my little guy is the same age as cute Miles…isn’t it the very best! who sings this fun song???

  • Amy and JonathanJanuary 13, 2009 - 3:42 am

    We love you with all we’ve got. This is absolutely incredible. We found ourselves gasping and laughing and watching it again! I (Amy) am so so so happy and blessed to be a part of your life.

    Also, I covet that photo of your son in your cowboy boots. You know the one I’m talking about. Wedding present?

    You are the most wonderful person we know. When I grow up, I want to be like Betsy King.

  • AmyJanuary 13, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    What a fab way to recap the year! My son is 15 months…time passes so fast…the slideshow is a great way to preserve the memories. Wait until Miles is old enough to watch it! Love it 🙂

    ps…what is the name of that great song?

  • BetsyJanuary 13, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    Thanks for all the awesome comments!!!

    I should have added the name of the song. Sorry! It’s Little Romance by Ingrid Michaelson

    Thanks again for watching it. It’s not short!!!

  • bobbiJanuary 13, 2009 - 4:30 pm

    wow. i don’t even know what to say about the amazingness that slideshow was. made me miss you, big time. my favorite part about this entry was what you wrote… 🙂 I’d love for you to write more than a sentence about your love for miles and john… 🙂 love you guys!

  • LeandraJanuary 13, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    Wow, that was fun to watch. Lovely. Happy 2009!

  • MeganJanuary 14, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Awesome job Bets!! That was a great slide show! Lots of emotion and fun. Well done, as always!

  • hollyJanuary 15, 2009 - 3:07 am


    what site do you use for your blog? blogger? wordpress? other? because recently, i’m not too in love with blogger…it doesn’t let me make my photos big enough. thanks!


  • Sarah HollandJanuary 15, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    I’m pretty sure that when I grow up, I want to be you.

  • Mary MarantzJanuary 16, 2009 - 12:53 am

    this post just made me smile so much!

  • Pat AshJanuary 16, 2009 - 3:29 am

    Betsy, I love the slide show! Great song for it too, who is the artist? Keep up the great work through 09.

  • ReneeJanuary 16, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing your 2008! Miles is so cute and getting so big! We need to get together soon!

  • Sherry SmithJanuary 17, 2009 - 1:50 am

    Miles is not only cute, smart and adorable, he is quite a little gentleman,with a darling sweet, tender, almost shy personality. You just want to squeeze him tight. Anyway that is what a very proud grandma thinks. John and Betsy really are great parents.

  • Carly HackFebruary 11, 2009 - 5:21 am

    That is totally cool! I love it – so inspiring and funny and beautiful all rolled into one! Your work is fabulous.