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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.

Grandpa and Mason playing. Grandpa is still wearing his “crown” from the Irish Christmas crackers at Christmas dinner!

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)

7 Responses to Happy New Year…

  • Mary Solberg says:

    Dianne, You have such a beautiful group of grandchildren! You are very blessed. 🙂 May 2011 bring you much joy and many blessings. Happy New Year!

  • Dianne, what a beautiful post to welcome in the new year. You are right – life can and does “turn on a dime” and we both grieve and learn from each experience. Losing precious loved ones is so hard, yet the Lord does comfort us so perfectly, doesn’t he? I thought of my parents a lot during this Christmas season and really longed to talk with them, but they’re in a better place. They’ve reached their real Home and someday I’ll join them there. What a journey this life is! It’s so very temporary, and with each passing year it makes me more aware that God planned it just right.

    Wishing you all the best in this bright new year!

  • Lindy Leigh says:


    Happy New Year 🙂 I love to come over here and catch up…you are a wonderful blogger!


  • Love your post and the Grandchildren are, My goodness just lovely. I know you are very proud. Mason’s eyes are beautiful.

  • Angela says:

    I am loving that photo! It is wonderful you got to spend time with family and that your son and his family are back. Happy New Year!

  • Dianne says:

    Thank you, everyone, for taking time to leave a comment! Happy New Year!

  • Kim says:

    Thanks for visiting today and I loved the picture of all of your grandkids. What a great bunch. As grandmother too, I can understand being so happy they are home. You are so blessed. I bet you can’t wait to be in the middle. Mine were gone for three weeks and I was so lonesome.




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