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Welcoming the New Year

Good morning! Well, actually it’s already afternoon…

Anyhow, how are you?! I’m still trying to get warm! 😉

We were blessed to be able to spend our Christmas vacation down in the sunny south, and only arrived home early this morning.

Home. That blessed feeling. Vacation was great. We had a lovely place to stay, and it was a lot of fun.

Beach. Pool. Sunshine. Flip-flops. Sand. Warm weather. Biking. Shopping. Sight-seeing. Sleeping in. Games. Family. Friends. and more.

I love going to the beach in the early morning, it’s my favorite time of day to be there. Seeing the sun come up. Hearing those waves crashing….the stillness. And knowing that our awesome Creator created all of those.

Vacation is a time of relaxing. I took a whole stack (or two 😉 ) of books along to read. I managed to find the time to read quite a few. Not quite one a day, but still, I made a decent dent in my TBR (to be read) pile of books. I hope to share about those in the next few days.

Here is a link showing almost all the books I read in 2017: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/7305734

After having high temps in the 70s and 80s, it was a rude awakening to arrive at 0 degrees this morning. We drove through the night, and had the most gorgeous, brightly shining full moon to illumine the way! It made night time driving so much better.

Today, the sun is glistening on the snow that fell while we were gone. It looks so beautiful! It makes us want to go outside and enjoy the snow. Until you read the wind chill advisories that are currently in effect. And we are reminded that somehow it is possible, to drive, in one day, from warm, barefoot and swimming weather to below freezing, chance of frostbite weather.

And, not that we would wish bad weather on anyone, but it is slightly reassuring to hear that the warm weather has left our vacationing spot and it is also a bit on the cool side there now. We were so thankful to have warm-enough-to-swim days, when earlier we thought we’d only have slightly-warmer-than-home days.

A new year. New beginnings. Moving forward. Reaching out and seeing what God has in store for me this year. Looking back, 2017 was quite possibly one of the hardest years we’ve had yet. Many things going on, including cancer, death, and more, in our extended families, which effects us so very deeply. It is hard seeing the ones you love going through something you wish you could just make better. Or take away. And not having any answers. God does not promise He will tell us His reasons now. He sees the bigger picture, and we do not.

I want to allow Him to work in me, and remember that through the hard times, He is working on making diamonds. Am I allowing growth to happen? Am I turning to Him?

What do you look forward to most about the New Year?

Happy New Year!

 

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