It was fun to have mom and Granny Loyce here this year! They came on Friday with the Hales'. We enjoyed a day full of fun and cooking and laughing and games with the cousins. Followed by a huge slumber party! I always love how my house swells when they are all here! It makes my heart swell, equally! Our break continued with a quick trip back to Kansas to deliver Granny home, and some quality time with G'ma Betty and Gramps and even my daddy! To complete my holiday, as I drove in to Lyons that night, I saw the emblem of my childhood of Christmases-past that said "all is good and right in the world".....the famous glowing red bell! It made my heart skip a beat. I had to drive around town and show the kids all of the landmarks and memories that still stand there today.....there really is no place like home!
And, now, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Every year, I think about how quickly the year has flown by. It really seems like we were JUST here! As I get older, it happens even faster! I love a new year! A new, fresh calendar with nothing on it (YET!). A time to get re-organized. A time to look forward and a time to reflect. As I sit here and look upon this past year, I am amazed at how God has stretched me, again. How He has been faithful and has blessed us, over and over again. How His love has grown me, again and again.... And, how I am assured that the blessings that He has for me in the New Year will astound me, yet AGAIN! I pray for all of you a Happy and Blessed 2009. That your defeats will be overshadowed by your victories and your troubles will not amount to many when you consider all of your blessings!