Ringing it In

Happy Newest Year, Dear Ones!

We are enjoying our final day of relaxation before heading back into the rigors of life as usual. Time has paused for a few days, and I have so enjoyed this little bit of time to catch my breath. We just don’t have enough times like these!

Our New Year’s celebration was rather tame. Jeff is nursing a terrible cold and so it was just us, watching football and waiting for the ball to drop. The boys had their own festivities upstairs. I served them dinner on a tray, complete with rootbeer in my best wine glasses! They had shrimp and homemade chicken strips served on fine china! They seemed to enjoy getting the royal treatment, and watched Ratatouille in style!

I kept checking in throughout the evening. Jeffrey was keeping track of the countdown via his Animal Crossing game, which apparently has a ball drop of its own just a few minutes after midnight. The sweet little guy was so excited, he had to share the experience. Here’s what I saw during one of my check-ins:

And you thought I was kidding about stepping on Webkinz. They were all lined up to watch the ball drop. (The child gets attached to every stuffed animal that crosses his path. The black and white one in front is real, in case you were wondering.)

The celebrations remained separate until the last two or three minutes, when we were joined by our offspring downstairs to count it in together. We made our toast and at the stroke of midnight I was kissed by the three best lookin’ guys in town.

Dear Ones, these times are so precious. I was talking with a friend this afternoon whose two college aged sons went out to ring in the New Year with friends last night. I know those years are right around the corner. For now, I’m grateful that my house, and my arms, are full.

May the Lord be gracious to you and bless you, in the New Year, Dear Ones. May He make His face shine upon you. May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. (Psalm 20)


  1. says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your very sweet comment! Your story about your mom coming and seeing your Christmas decor really touched my heart. God’s truth ringing out clearly in your home will not return void in her heart. Oh yes, and the losing pounds this year thing- I’m right there with you. Keep challenging me and I’ll do the same for you.
    Again, thank you for your comment tonight. My heart is so very touched!!!

  2. says

    Hey Laura!
    So glad you visited me and “introduced” yourself! I would love for you to come see my anytime. But I have to disagree with you a bit — I went to your website and saw your picture, and you are a beautiful lady who wouldn’t scare anything or anyone, even on a no-makeup day, I’m sure! 🙂

    I relate to your feeling of wanting to enjoy the little ones while they are still home wanting to hang with us! Those days are certainly fleeting.

    Sounds like you have a very rich and full life. I’ll come back to see how your ’08 is going!

    Lisa 🙂

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