|Yes....the empty chair is mine!! Temps in the 70's and lots of relaxing|
with some shopping, good seafood, and fireworks over the ocean!!
The warm beaches of Panama City in sunny Florida were a welcome treat as the year lingered for the last time. As one door closes new ones will open….and I look forward with anticipation..........
2011 came to a close like the slamming of a door. It started out good….really escalated to being on the top of the world…. and then came crashing down all at once. Life is good when we are constantly walking on the top of the mountain….however; God wants us to rely on Him in every moment. Those moments when we are struggling deep in the valley of darkness, we are not alone. I walked in this deep valley from August 30 until the end of the year. I honestly do not know how people can pick themselves up and move on without the unselfish help and love of our Heavenly Father.
He has now shut that door and I am glad to put it all behind me…not forgetting and not without learning, but moving ahead and excited about what He has in store for our family in 2012. I have missed blogging and so appreciate those of you who “checked in” on me throughout this time. I know without any doubt that things could have been worse and others experienced far greater tragedies than we did; so I must remember how truly blessed we are and to take this valley journey and see it as a bridge between the mountains. While crossing this swinging dark path, I learned that there are not always answers to our questions…so we have to rely on FAITH and TRUST. Sometimes that is easier said than done….but the sun will again rise over the hills and a new day is always there. That new door will open wide and welcome us in…..
I have busied myself with crafting and painting. Door hangers (speaking of doors) seem to be all the craze at the moment …so I tried my hand at it, first making a couple for Holly….and then boom….everyone wanted some!! I’m not complaining, mind you, it’s good money for a hobby I love! Here are a few I’ve done:
|Aubie from Auburn University|
|This one is reversible!!|
|Not a door hanger...but still some of my work!|
These are all designed, cut, sanded, primed, painted,
sealed, and ready to hang.... all by me!!
Yes I use power tools....don't mess with me!! :)
So…. my reflections on the past are for making me stronger, they are for putting a few things into a new perspective, and for making me grow in the Lord and trust Him more each new day. When I look in the mirror this year and see that reflection I hope I will be smiling most of the time....and with God's help I will.
As many bloggers have done in the past by picking a "word for the year"…so shall I this year too. My word for last year was "HOPE" and I carried it throughout each day until the year ended; but it did not end without "hope"; it was still always there…. This year my word will be
….too find "joy" again in everyday experiences and regain some "joy" that was lost somewhere toward the end. So I’m looking forward to the new year with hope and joy. I hope you too will have a joyous new year with lots to make you happy!