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The sun is coming up on a brand new year.  Our house is quiet – likely due to the fact that everyone was up long past bedtime; despite that, sleep still doesn’t come easily for me.

The last day of 2012 found me traveling north to pick up Dimples.  She had asked if I would bring her Christmas gifts, which I did, but I had no plan for how and when to give them to her.  Dimples climbed in the car, ate a few bites of the snack I had packed, and then asked if she could open the presents.  As I drove along at 60 mph, she opened one after the other, and I thought to myself that when I carefully chose these gifts, I never dreamed that this was how she would receive them.  Thankfully, she liked her gifts, even saying at one point, “Even when I don’t get exactly what I want, I can still be happy.”  Profound words from my girl.

For many reasons, it isn’t quite time for Dimples to come home, so we drove to Aunt Michele’s, whose house is packed with family arriving for her son’s wedding.  She was greeted with hugs and smiles, and settled in for the evening.  Today I will pick Dimples up and we’ll go to a friend’s house to do hair.  Melissa’s daughter also has locs, so for the second time, we’ll have a loc tightening party, complete with movies and lots of fun distractions to help the time pass.

I’m ready for a new year.  I would love to say that I’m sure it will be a better than 2012, but truthfully, I don’t know what 2013 is going to bring.  What I am sure of is that we’ll have opportunities to grow in faith and love, that God will work many things for our good, and that Jesus will be with us every single moment of every single day.

Thank you again for your emails and messages – honestly, you are the most wonderful, supportive community I could hope for.

This is the book that is kicking off my year – it is just what I need:

Lisa



  1. Megan (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Love that book! Praying for all the families walking this road.

  2. Emily (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Love the pic. Praying with you friend.

  3. Jamey (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    For 2013, I'm trying to remember that God is good no matter how my prayers are answered.

  4. Shonni (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    I am praying for your family and your new year.

  5. Kirstine (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    What wise words: "I’m ready for a new year. I would love to say that I’m sure it will be a better than 2012, but truthfully, I don’t know what 2013 is going to bring. What I am sure of is that we’ll have opportunities to grow in faith and love, that God will work many things for our good, and that Jesus will be with us every single moment of every single day."
    These past years I have come to appreciate the things that we can hold on to and aim for in every circumstance: When times are good and when times are bad. When we are rich and when we are poor. When things are going our way and things aren't. Your statement above is one of them. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  6. Laurel (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Continuing to pray for you and your family. Mentioned you (with links) in my blog post today, asking my readers to also pray for you.

    Hugs, Love, & Prayers!

    Laurel

  7. Lisa H (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Continuing to pray….You're on my heart!

  8. Tricia (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Prayer for you and yours. He is with us – Emmanuel.

  9. kristine (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    You and your family are in my prayers.

  10. Jennie (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Praying for you this evening…

  11. Dawn (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    A blessed New Year to you! Thank you for your honesty and integrity.

  12. Sarah (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Praying for you, Lisa. Hang in there…

  13. Erin (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Praying for you and yours, Lisa. When I read this post, a song started singing in my head – 10,000 reasons by Matt Redman. I’m copying part of it here in hopes of it encouraging you.

    “The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning

    It’s time to sing Your song again

    Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me

    Let me be singing when the evening comes

    Bless the Lord, O my soul

    O my soul

    Worship His holy name

    Sing like never before

    O my soul

    I’ll worship Your holy name”

    I will keep praying!

  14. ERIKA (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    So wonderful you guys spent fun time togther. Praying for all for healing of hearts and praying she will be back with her forever family soon.. God brought her here for healing I am sure..

    Matt 18:29 20
    Romans 8:28

  15. Dawn Flatness Wright (Reply) on Tuesday 1, 2013

    Continuing prayers for your family , for the challenges that lay before you, for the many mountains you have already overcome, for healing, for wisdom in the hard decisions…….PRAYING!