Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy 2007

A time for reflection...... Not always my favorite thing. New Year's Eve has been a bittersweet time in the past. This year feels different, though. If you look back to my post from one year ago, you'll sense the bittersweet, the desire to somehow hold on to something past. This year instead of looking back with sad nostalgia, I look back with utterly thankful heart. My life is absolutely wonderful. Even with my daily struggles with Jack, and the regular wear and tear of living in a world that is not my true home, I feel that each day is a miracle for me. I feel, in a way, like someone who has come back from the brink of the grave to find life more colorful, more lively, more worth living than ever before. The past is past, and so often in life, hurtful memories begin to fade until only the good ones remain. I rest in the knowledge that my past loved ones are, I believe, in much better places in their lives than ever before, and for that I am truly thankful. We can all be humbled and brought to our knees for the "grace heaped upon grace" from a forgiving, loving Father.

May your New Year begin with a prayer of gratefulness, and may you sleep long and lingeringly in the morning (since I'll be up with my energetic 13 month old son). Happy New Year, dear ones!


Gretchen said...

I watched all your video clips! Ha ha! You guys are the masters of surprises! Looks like you had a really great Christmas together!


Betty 'Rie said...

Hey Gret! We did have a great time. Wasn't the one of my mother just hillarious???? I had a hard time keeping the camera straight while I was filming her!

Steph said...

Thanks so much for the Christmas card. I'm so sorry that I didn't get yours to you. I lost the envelope with your address and I was not together enough to get it (The three days before Christmas when I was mailing them out!) Hope you had a great holiday!
I love Jack's 1 year pictures. So great that you got some of you with him. I did that with Elijah and Isaiah and it is really funny to see how we change. Happy New Year!

G-Knee said...

Betts - I love you.

Setrn said...

I loved the post! I had my best New Years ever myself. I have been thinking of you. I will be praying for you. Isn't it interesting that God doesn't ask our opinion when it comes to His timing? I know I have times when I don't know which is more haunting, the memories of the past, or the fear of the future. I am so glad that God is willing to hold onto both for me, even when I give them to Him kicking and screaming.

Betty 'Rie said...

Thanks, San! I am so glad that you enjoyed your evening and I loved the pictures with P&P drinking their apple cider! That stuff really doesn't taste very good, but sure does make you feel all grown up!