Baby Michael’s First Christmas
Hope, Tesa, Jenna and Courtney.
It seems strange looking back when we have a New Year ahead of us with new beginnings. I haven’t had a lot of time to reflect on this past year, but one thing that stands out for me personally is what a Blessing my Family, and my Grandchildren are to me. Life and Family are precious treasures that I hold dearly. Friends are treasures I hold dearly also. I am so Blessed beyond measure. I have so much to be thankful for.
This past year I have been Blessed with two more of Grandma’s Little Angels as I like to call them. :)
Hope was born premature back in May, and with God’s Grace she has come a long way, and is doing just fine, and just had her first Christmas. Thank you for all who kept her, and us in your prayers for her safe arrival. God heard each and every prayer.
Baby Michael arrived not long after and experienced his first Christmas also. We as a family are so Blessed. Thank you for all who prayed for his safe arrival also.
I now have 5 Grandchildren. Time keeps ticking as the years come and go. Life goes on. We can look back and reflect, and then must move on, and look forward to a New Year and New Beginnings. I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3 in the Bible, where it talks about “There is a time for everything under the sun.
As a New Year is upon us we hope for a Happy New Year filled with good things. We all have things we wish for ourselves, and those we hold dearly, friends and family.
The reality is that life is full of good things , and also many hardships, and even disappointments. It is filled with many Happy moments, and also sad moments and even losses. None of us know what is down the road on our Journey Of Life. None of us know what this year will bring but we have Hope for a bright future. In saying all of this I want to wish and pray that each and every one of you will have a Happy and Healthy New Year, and God’s strength, and endurance to get over the times when the road may be a rough. Keep loving, sharing with friends, and family, and your neighbors, as well as new persons you will meet along your path. There may even be those you will need to forgive, and hopefully reconcile with. Life is too short not to show one another Grace.
I know this post is wordy and long. I haven’t been able to post as much but many of you remain in my thoughts, and prayers. Thank you for your friendship, prayers and support. I look forward to visiting you and your blogs when I can.
Love and Care
I will leave a portion of Ecclesiastics 3 for those who may want to read it.
God Bless each and everyone who may stop by and those who leave their heart prints. Thank you.
Happy New Year !!!
Ecclesiastes 3 (New International Version)
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.[b]
Your grandchildren are a beautiful blessing. I love the verse. It is one of my favorites from the Bible.ReplyDelete
The year brings hope to many, may your journey be blessed.ReplyDelete
It's been an honor to pray alongside you, Dianne and to be prayed for by you.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to another year of fellowship. Won't heaven be wonderful! We know, at least, that we will meet each other and recognize each other there!
I'm not actually sad to see 2011 go and am looking forward with expectation to 2012. There's not a thing that could ever convince me that we're not all in God's wonderful hands! Bless you Dianne!ReplyDelete
Thank you Beth, John, Gail and Joe for stopping by on the first day of the New Year, and leaving your encouraging words, and all you share. God be with each and every one of you. :)ReplyDelete
Dianne, thank's for stopping by! I hope 2012 will be a great year full of happiness for your family. I also look forward to many more seasons of your awesome photography..ReplyDelete
Dianne...your growing family are absolutely beautiful. Want to just squeeze little Michael. Your grateful spirit jumps right off the page. Wishing you and your family His best in 2012,ReplyDelete
trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
I m with Joe also. Glad that the year is done and we move into a great New One.ReplyDelete
Your very blessed. Wonderful photos of your family. Love the light you captured also.
All the Best again.
Your right also . Im not showing up as a follower.
and you dont have a blue head over at mine.
Blogger acts up now and then I noticed.
Have a wonderful day
I stopped following your blog and re added me. Ha.ReplyDelete
See if that looks better and hope it works.
Have a wonderful day. xo
Happy New year, Dianne! What a beautiful message. It seems as if everything in my life has a musical accompaniment and this verse from Ecclesiastes always takes me back to my teens:ReplyDelete
I love every word here. I always do. And seeing these precious children is a blessing to ME. I prayed for the babies and I care for you and your family.ReplyDelete
2012 will be good, my friend. You are walking as is the family, right in His path. It's all Good.
Thank you all so very much. :) Carole I am lost for words. You are a great Sister in the Lord and Friend. Lisa, again I am lost for words. Gail, yes we will all meet some day on the other side. All standing together with our Lord. What a Glorious Hope we have in Jesus. :)ReplyDelete
I thank God for each one of you.
Chip, thank you and also for the link.
I pray this will be a Blessed Year for all of us.
These pictures brought a warm smile to my face oh that cute little look on Michael's face. You are truly blessed Dianne to have such a lovely family. Beautiful Verse I hope the coming year will be a Happy one for you and your family. Hugs Sheila and Wile-e xxReplyDelete
I am sitting here reading your post while holding my little grandson, visiting Wisconsin for the first time. Hope looks wonderful...what a change from the tiny peanut she was. I'm looking forward to a new year...many blessings last year, but the new year looks even better! happy New Year to you too!ReplyDelete
Hi Dianne, Pictures of health and happiness. I CANNOT begin to tell you how great it is to see your lovely pictures with all your gran-children looking healthy and happy.ReplyDelete
2011 is what is is, and for me good and bad I wouldn't want to change a thing. After all the life I am living is God's life.
BLESSONS - We receive blessings and along the way learn valuable lessons.
I believe me must keep our focus on the blessings, because each and every day comes with many.
Grateful for God's Grace!!! May He carry you safely through each new day. You and your family are close to my heart always. Much love always, Kerrie xOx
Happy New and may it be a blessed one for you and your family. I love the words you shared a Time for Everything. That's a keeper for me. I have been hibernating and now have to get busy getting ready to head south. The winter here has been so beautiful and perfect, but it is time to shake me up again as I get in a slump if I don't have a little change. So enjoying just listening to your beautiful music right now and staring out my window. Hugs CarrieReplyDelete