It seems fitting to write about gratitude on the first Sunday of 2016, and on my first day blogging after a little break. I have so much to be thankful for today.
giving thanks #1721 – 1740
a nearly perfect Christmas tree cut from our own little tree farm
lots of candles lit each evening
all of our kids home for Christmas
favorite foods: Snowflake Sundaes for breakfast, Santa Fe Breakfast Casserole, Cinnamon Pull-apart, Creamy Sausage Stew, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Chocolate Cheesecake, Scandinavian Almond bars, and so many others
morning coffee in our pajamas
a white Christmas and beautiful snow every day
sledding in the pasture
walks up the gravel road amidst rolling hills covered with snow
fitbits from the kids – 10,000+ steps our first few days (I’m secretly competing with Russ)
family game nights filled with laughter
making it through the one year anniversary of our accident and Kalkidan going to heaven
tears, prayers, and sweet memories
Claire turning 13 – only two more left to become teens, so bittersweet
new year’s eve with the family
toasts all round and sparklers at midnight
saying goodbye to a hard year and hello to 2016
starting a new devotional book for 2016, New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional
and a daily Bible reading plan with the She Reads Truth app (it’s free – check it out)
sad farewells that bring a few tears, but also make me thankful to have kids I love and enjoy so much
my mom’s 76th birthday today – happy birthday, Mom!
Normal life resumes on Tuesday when the kids head back to school. I have a number of goals for 2016, some that require organizing, planning and scheduling, and others that are more flexible. I’m making lists, praying, and thinking.
How was your Christmas? Any big hopes/plans for 2016? Take a moment to say hello, I would love to hear from you – truly.
Much love and heartfelt hope for a gentle year filled with mercy and answered prayers.