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Welcome 2013!

Our New Year started off saying goodnight to two of our married children and their families as they headed west and north west to their own homes, and  putting rest of the nesters to bed.  We had a great night eating chili and playing games.  (Yes, we even played "Spot It", but did not break a table this time!)  One son and family was not able to come because of work, and another son came over for a bit but left early.  Daughter-in-love was not feeling well so she stayed home.

It is always sad to see a year end.  I think back at what was and was not accomplished.  But I look forward to the year ahead and what it may bring. 

I have heard of several friends that have taken a word or theme for the year.  While thinking and praying about it, I felt like the word "kindness" was one we needed to work on together as a family.  Sometimes we can get so self-centered that we forget about others around us.  So as a family we will work on "kindness".  

As I thought on "kindness" I felt like I needed to add "joyful" as a theme for myself.  I am always busy doing for others, but I realized I am not always joyful about doing things.  Sometimes laundry is not joyful, its a chore.  Doing dishes are not always joyful, playing chauffer and driving 400 miles a week has not left me in a jolly mood.  I DO have a choice in how I handle each and every task of the day.  So I am striving to be joyful in all things...just trying to figure out the joy in paying higher taxes!

So with a joyful heart I will attend to two nesters who do not feel well and joyfully stay at home from church again.  (Hubby offered to stay home instead, but I will joyfully let him head out into the cold!)  {just a little "joyful" humor! i plan to watch or listen to a sermon on line!}*smile*

Well, I thought I had a picture of the majority of the family to share with you.  For some reason I can not get Blogger to let me upload a picture from my computer!  I will joyfully accept this as a challenge to try later on! *smile*

Now as I wish you a most wonderful and blessed New Year, my two not-feeling-well nesters has increased to three!  Oh joy!



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