Happy New Year!  Here’s to a wonderful 2009 filled with many joys!

Today I’m remembering my dad, who was born 88 years ago today.  He left us in 1997 but lives on in our hearts and memories!!  He used to tell me how he was born on New Years Eve, 1920, and almost 1921.  Here’s to his mom, my grandma Nina, who I never go to meet.  I feel thankful for her legacy, in my heart, that I feel she left me.  Which I also feel towards my other grandma Katie who died when I was a baby.  Yeah for grandmas.

Also remembering John Denver, born 1943, died 1997.   Miss him and thankful for all the great music he left us with.

I have today off but I am bummed that Ed has been gone all week!  I thought it would just be Mon and Tues, then he’d be back.  Well, they have been travelling all day, and get in about 5:30.  They were in NC, and flew to NYC where they missed the connecting flight because the flight was late.  I’m thinking he is going to be a little worn out.  So that messed up ideas I had for New Years Eve.  But we’ll figure something out later.  This is the 31st anniversary of our first date.  That number keeps growing and making me feel older and older!

Hoping to go on the Christmas Bird Count on Saturday and thinking I better find some thermal underwear and get a warm coat!!

The guys gave me a great new bird feeder from Wild Birds.  I’ll put up a picture later.. the birds are loving it.

Dan and Jamie are out in Denver now with her family.  It was great having them all here for a while.  Rob is still here for a few more weeks.

PRAISES

God answered so many prayers this past year, and I give him praise and give him thanks. We had quite a roller coaster ride, but now I can look back and see that he was there with us. These scriptures tell some of what I feel.  On Christmas Eve we sang that song “All is Well” as the candlelight was passed around, and I tell you I just cried openly as I looked at my kids, and my heart was full.

Ps 116:1-7

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
       he heard my cry for mercy.

    2 Because he turned his ear to me,
       I will call on him as long as I live.

    3 The cords of death entangled me,
       the anguish of the grave came over me;
       I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

    4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
       “LORD, save me!”

    5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
       our God is full of compassion.

    6 The LORD protects the unwary;
       when I was brought low, he saved me.

    7 Return to your rest, my soul,
       for the LORD has been good to you.

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