If you love fresh starts and new beginnings (I do), then you should love today of all days…for it is now 1-1-’11. It doesn’t get any newer than that. If I could, I’d give each of you a bouquet of newly sharpened #2 pencils and a brand new journal in which to record all those new year’s hopes and dreams…and maybe even a few resolutions.
As snowflakes fell late last night, I listened to the sound of the fireworks in the valley below and thought about this past year. 2010 brought blessings, challenges and answers to prayer for which I am thankful. 2010 also meant saying goodbye for the last time, on this earth, to several loved ones. I will miss them all, but especially Bobbie, my children’s paternal grandmother. This year reminded me, once again, to cherish each moment we have together for life turns on a dime.
This was our year to spend Christmas in the Pacific Northwest and the macho logger tree farmer and I spent a sweet Christmas with his older daughter and her precious family. Mason is getting to be a “big boy”, and I think, he remembers us now. I love to see him playing and laughing on the floor with his Grandpa. At the Christmas eve service at their church, we sang the wonderful old Christmas carols and some fun new ones. There were “light sticks” for each of us in the large church and when the lights were turned out toward the end of the service, we all waved our “candles” laughing and singing.
A couple of days after Christmas, we all drove up to the sea port town of Anacortes, Washington. I definitely want to go back when the weather is warmer! From there, we can take the ferry to the San Juan Islands. We looked around several of the antique stores there and would definitely like to return for some serious shopping in the Spring during the tulip festival.
My daughter and her family and my older son and his family were able to spend some time together over the Christmas holidays. I love the photograph she sent me! The only thing wrong with this photograph is Grandmom isn’t in the middle of them! My older son and his family are now home after seven years on the mission field in Peru. I’m thankful for the time they had there and the lives they touched in their medical mission work, but I confess the mother and grandmother in me is glad they are home! I hope to plan a trip to the Midwest to have time with all of them soon.
Happy New Year, dear friends!
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
(Numbers 6: 24-26)