Why I found this New Years graphic too cute, I have no idea! Maybe it reminds me of those crazy noise makers that (fortunately) we did not use this year. We had a quiet – almost too quiet – New Year’s Eve this year. When the children were growing up, we always brought the new year in with friends, food and quite a bit of noise. Each Januray 1st, we start off saying “we’re not doing that again” – but we always did. This year, well, I don’t think we thought it through enough and we really had nothing of a plan when it came down to it. Definitely something we will have to work on for next time.
We have spent a nice day at home working around the house. Hubbie and I are so enjoying our new home. Yes, 2009 did come with several difficult days (especially there at the end) but there were also many, many blessings – and this new home is certainly one of them. We have yet to do any entertaining but I am certainly looking forward to welcoming many friends and visitors during the upcoming months. Certainly wish many of my blogging friends could stop by for a cup of coffee or tea! Funny thing about the friends I’ve made here on my blog….yesterday, I thought I was all goofy for buying a bathing suit in December – oh no, so many comments about what a great idea it was to start early (apparently I’m not the only one who finds this a chore)…who knew?? You guys are the best encouragers!
I have been working on my goals for this new year – have you?? Most of mine are personal goals but one idea I did come across on a blog was choosing a “word” for this next year. Claiming it. Embracing it. Challenging myself with it. And letting it affect my new year. I liked that idea – and I have chosen the word JOY. Real abiding JOY that is mine no matter what a day may bring, what the circumstances of life might be or the emotions I might feel. JOY that comes from within and is possible because Christ lives within me. I’ll admit, I struggle in this area and, more often than I’d like to admit, my emotions overwhelm me. So, this year – I’m claiming JOY!!