Saturday, December 31, 2011

Nearing The End Of Another Year~

With 2011 soon to be gone,
And another year to think upon.
I'm blessed to have my family.

Finally, all the kids are here!  And just in the nick of time to be together for Christmas - that is the- "New Year!"  Today - the last of 2011 - never to be seen again.  We'd almost thought Jake, Julie and Aaron weren't going to make it and that they would all have more time with us.   Oh! and let us not forget the pups!  All together 5 - 4 legged beings and 7 - 2 legged beings all together for a few days - under one roof - in a small house.

But, you know,
I'll take whatever I can get!
I'm a Mom~ 

It has been a busy, busy year and will be in closing.   So many things planned like working on the truck, finishing Christmas gifts I didn't get done, hanging up my dad's last years Christmas gift, a cool "sign" with name & address (I wonder if he forgot too) lol and more I know we'd like to accomplish - though I can't think of it now.   None of it seems important other than being together even for a few days.

With 2012 upon us now,
What have I been thinking?

Hoping to remember the need to slowdown and continue thinking upon those things that are important.  Not forgetting what I already know. "That ALL things (that's correct) are possible with God and through Him we can do all things!"  How?  It's simple,  He LOVES me!  He LOVES you!  And so much so that He came as a babe to die for a sinful world at Calvary.

With setting aside a day or two,
To recognize His love.
Christmas and Calvary!

When He should be recognized more and all year long.  How great is His love that He would come to save us.  The natural mind cannot fully comprehend it but through the Holy Spirit.  Though one day everyone will know just how great is His love is and how much.

Just how much "big" is God's love - His grace?  It's an ocean without a shoreline.. (Pastor Dale Clonts).  Just think of it an ocean without of a shore - space without boundaries is His love for me -- for you!

So, I'll leave you with that;
A thought for the "New Year."
Something to think upon~

Happy New Year!

And, BTW we were so busy no pics! Just blessings and that you well find - Jesus is the only thing you will ever need.  :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Just December~

Did you ever wonder how many times a person - like myself - says "I just can't believe it, where does the time go!?"  I've become the virtual broken record (br); repeating the same old recording.  I really must start thinking of new things to say and get on with it!

So gang, Christmas is almost here and another year is coming to a close - never to be again.  We've been blessed with some rain and the Pinaleno Mountains (Mt Graham) are looking spectacular!  This morning when I got up I was looking at the mountains and I have to say I never get tired of looking at them; especially when its this time of the year and there's the right amount of precipitation.  Mountain weather here though will be different than when I first checked this morning.

Taken @ 6:50 AM
As you can see the clouds where lifting some for more to move in.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was starting to fog while I was out there.  I haven't seen "fog" in some time and forgot how neat it is to look at.  It can be dangerous but when you are standing in place and listening, it is most beautiful.  For instance I was happy to hear a wren singing beautifully - I wish I could have caught a picture of this busy little bird or captured the song he was singing to share.  I only got the fog.  :)

Taken @ 7:04 
Slowly, we've been getting things done (br) it has taken so long to get where we're at (br) and has taken a toll (toll - a bit strong but a word I thought of) on all of us.   So this year I'm decorating it up a bit and looking forward to a happier time.  Not going to work myself crazy but try to set back some and enjoy the days ahead this Christmas.  I have been known to decorate for the holidays and have always tried to mix it up with decorating different each year.  We didn't always decorate with a tree and frankly never even missed them, so when I decided to decorate this year, no tree, that is no Christmas "evergreen" but a different rendition of a tree nonetheless ~

From that little kid prospective or if you're short!

 Then I worked on a smaller version~

Did you happen to notice I like icicles?  I've been collecting them for years and surprised myself with how many I have.  What you see is a little over half but I'm not sure where to place the rest.  More than likely they will be left in the box for another time.   All of the icicles made it in the move though there were some casualties in the placement dept. from me.   :(   However,  I'm truly not disappointed and I looking forward to seeing all the kids this year.  We haven't all been together for Christmas in a few or more years.  Here's to making more "happy memories!"

Wonderful memories of Christmas,
Whether we're in plenty or in lack.
With the love of family and friends
Thou they may be near or far;
I'm praying you have a joyous Christmas
And, with Jesus to fill your hearts!

Merry Christmas~
VLB 12-14-11