Saturday, December 31, 2016

End of Year Thoughts

Well it was an unintended absence, I didn't plan on being away from my blog for so long, it just happened. I knew I didn't want to stop blogging but out of necessity it had to be put on the back burner.
Life has now quieted down a bit and it's time to reflect and look ahead. It's been a difficult year for us because of my husbands step mother's passing. There have been lots of things that needed attending to, and that process is still not completed. What has caught me by surprise the most has been all the emotional upheaval that the whole process has unearthed. We are both still in the midst all of that and with the anniversary date coming up, we will probably continue with that process.

We have spent the last couple of months loving on those we care about. There was a trip to see our Grands, as you can see, they are not so little anymore. The trip was enjoyable and the weather was perfect. We now have compatible phones so we can face time more frequently which is helpful because we still miss them a ton.

We also made a trip to see my family for the holidays. This is the third year we have done this so it's kind of become a tradition. We got another family photo and the young ladies in the group wanted us all to assume the same pose with each person staying in the same position as they were the year before. Time passes so quickly. I tell moms of 'littles" enjoy them because before you know it they will be grown. Hard to hear when your in the midst of raising your young ones but it's true.

Looking ahead I know some of the things I would like to do. I would like to once again do a 365 photo challenge, I will start on January 1. I found my photography also took a back seat last year and the challenge of taking a photo a day was a good exercise for me and would like to start blogging again on a more regular basis, we shall see what happens.

Here are some of my favorite moments from this past year, there were many good memories in the midst of all the busyness. Moments that went by too fast. 

Looking ahead, next year could again be very busy. We have a graduation and a recital in the spring, more plans to see our Grands and who knows what else the Lord may have in store for us. I have found myself looking ahead with apprehension at times, I think it is the season of life we in, so many changes. 

Despite all the change in our life, God has remained faithful, I can't even begin to list all the ways he has protected us this year, met us in our need and directed our steps. When I get discouraged  I need to remember this or when things seem to be going terribly wrong or not according to my plan. He is still in control and this is part of HIS plan

So looking ahead for next year, I hope to find the joy again that only comes Him


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

In spite of all that went on that was 'rough' this past year, you and your family have a lot of wonderful memories.

I pray that 2017 will be a really good year for you and your dear hubby ~ FlowerLady

Camille said...

My friend....you have every right to take a break from blogging! What a busy and emotional year you have had. I am so glad to see that you had such lovely family times over the Christmas holidays. How quickly time passes....you are so right....those little people do have a way of growing up without permission!! :) I did just want to stop by one last time to let you know that I am not planning to blog any longer. My last post will go up later today...Lord-willing. Please know that the invitation to come visit is a standing one....perhaps one day it will happen? Please feel free to keep in touch with me via email at flowersinhisgarden@gmail.com May the Lord bless you richly in the days ahead. With Love, Camille xo

Janettessage.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful post from beginning to end. The end I can so relate to, thanks for putting it into words. Wonderful pictures. Blessings on this New Year and all that it holds. We know whatever it is, God is in control.

Debbie said...

Looks and sounds like a wonderful Christmas! I remember hearing that often when I was raising my family...cherish the times as it goes by soo fast. Honestly I had so much trouble believing that as it seemed I'd be at it forever. But it DOES go quickly. If only we could see that when we are young. Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year full of God's best blessings!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Happy New Year and wishes for all the best in 2017! Sweet pics of fun Christmas memories. :)

Lea said...

Sounds like a memorable time for all. A lovely post and wishing for you a most wonderful new year!

Cheryl said...

Sometimes life happens and blogging doesn't! But it is good to hear from you now, and to know that you have been experiencing God's blessings...whether they're in the form of special family times...or in the form of emotional upheaval and a hard walk. He is so good to us!

Creations By Cindy said...

Enjoyed the post this morning. Happy New Year and May our Lord bless you greatly. Hugs and blessings, Cindy