I can't believe the year is over. What a year it has been! It came in with a bang and really can't say it went out in the same manner. Many changes occurred this year, some were for the best, but others were painful to experience. Some tore us apart, while other pulled us closer together. Roles changed, house changed, change-changed. What was one way - one day - would be completely diferent the next.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)
Forgiveness can be one of the hardest things to overcome and we had our fare share for it this year. It wasn't the first time and am sure it won't be the last. Prayers and seeking God through it helps.
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" Matthew 6:14-15
"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:21-22)
"With God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27) We can count on it!
My heart and soul yearned for those distanced by this but I kept in prayer. I was able to put to use all the work the Holy Spirit had done in me. It is not the end, but with hope and pray it will be a new beginning.
Here is our year in review....
"Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy" Psalm 33:3
We began the year as a family. It was a wonderful night spent not with just family but friends as well. We also celebrated our daughters 30 birthday. Putting together 30 years of our life with her brought back so many wonderful memories.
We celebrated Giggle's 5th birthday with her family and our daughter's family. We went to an indoor playground in Phoenix. It was a very special day and all the kids had such a great time, so much they didn't want to leave.
Ellie Bellie celebrated her 5th birthday with a Rock Star Party.
We built a temporary stage for them to perform on.
We were on a definate deadline now. With the wedding just 6 weeks away we were becoming a bit frazzled by this company's work ethics. Each day brought new problems. Door weren't fitting. Glass to big. Stove to low, not to mention they scratched up cabinets, walls and ceiling. Finaly by the middle of the month we were ready for back splash tile and flooring. Again amazed at the workmanship available here, it took them 5 hours to measure and finally begin cutting the floor for installation.
In between the inside work,
we finished painting the outside of the house and built a new deck railing.
Larry began back on the dining room the next day with the help of one of our guest that stayed the weekend with us. Then we went to the Harvest Festival at church.
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7
This is when I began blogging the most due to NoBloPoMo's 30 days-30 blogs cahllenge. I met so many wonderful ladies and writers who began to inspire me.
We reflected on ALL we are thankful for.
For the doctors who help us through...
The friends who are so dear to our hearts,
and our family we watch grow.
From having the ability to go the NASCAR...
To seeing our son at work...
To his twin who too, helps the community...
To our new kitchen we worked so hard on...
To preparing a Thanksgiving feast for our family
"You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus." (Luke 1:31)
With Christmas upon us, we had more opportunities to share our lives with those so very dear to our hearts. We continue to be blessed with so much, that we can only praise God for his directions. While being laid up most of the month, God gave us the strength to overcome and celebrate the birth of His Son in a way that only glorifies Him. Family together, family a far, family, family, family. Our life couldn't be more blessed.
It wasn't about the number of presents, though there were plenty,
nor the size of the presents, though some were big in size,
but the presents that came from the heart
and that of watching our 'Grands' glow in excitement.
The calls and conversations shared.
The time together, just being together.
I look forward to 2010. To the resolutions made and to be kept, to the growth and love our family is all about.
Life has always been an adventure and I hope you enjoy reading
Our Journey Through LIFE!