new year


Today is the last lazy day of the Holiday season.  Jacob has his friend Erinn over today and we also had Kathy and the children visiting, too.  Despite a bout with the flu, we have still managed to have a fulfilling week of Christmasing.

Quite a bit of snow fell this weekend, and we bundled up Sarah this morning so she could experience it.  She had to wear an old pair of boots from her brother.



The ponds are almost frozen enough to walk on.  It is supposed to get as low as 12 degrees tonight, perhaps tomorrow we will skate.

Sarah played with Caleb, Seth, and the dog.  When they came in, she cried because her hands were cold.  I helped take off the snow clothes and then swept up the snow with the broom.

Jacob, Erinn, and Grace watched a show upstairs in Grace’s room.  There *may or may not* be a little love in the air.

Kathy’s children played outside with some of mine.  They had a snowball fight while we talked on the couch.

I love that Ethan called her to ask if they could come over….and she told him yes.  Kevin is getting tall, Emily is a beauty, Caitlyn had a short hair cut, and before they left, Tristan played me a beautiful piece on the piano, all memorized and just the most amazing song, perfectly played.  It was a gift to hear it.

Well, my friends, it is a New Year.  A fresh one, “with no mistakes in it, yet”.  (Anne Shirley)

There is so much to look forward to, so much learning and growing and enjoying. 


Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Martin Luther


0 thoughts on “new year

  1. Part of Europe are warmer than we thought … there were just rainy days these days since Christmas. Funny was weeks before Christmas there was a short while heavy snow and the next week was POOF! Gone! Melted away and there came just the rain, rain, rain … whole week! Unusual for Germany in mid-winter and some people are rejoiced that there are no snowing this year round! Your kids seems to enjoy this season and my kids were praying that just this once that snow may come down for a short time! hehe …

  2. hi shanda…….what a fun time with all the kids.  in the photo of them sledding, what’s the contraption in front of the swing set?  it looks like some kind of plane with a green propeller in front?  so looking forward to reading about another year in your journey in life.  you are a wonderful inspiration, my friend!  continued blessings to all of you in 2013!

  3. Love to see the children playing out in the snow. When I was a kid we were outside all the time — come in for supper and hang our wool snowpants by the furnace, eat, and put them back on and go out again! We have lots of snow here too!

  4. Your children are growing up in such a wonderful healthy way. It does my heart good to come here and read about your family. You and Rich are doing an amazing job raising your children. So many children are raised by the TV these days or with video games. You take the time and effort to let them experience what God has for them and you teach them by being a Godly example. I hope one day you will write a memoir of your own to pass down to them. Believe me, I will be the first to read it! Thanks for taking the time to blog, it really uplifts my day. God bless you and your family.

  5. Your place is so ideal for really enjoying the outdoors, then having some cozy time inside! I had a best friend growing up, he was like a cousin. Our parents were best friends from college. We always kinda liked each other, and just felt so close. Those are good friends to have! When Bob and I stopped to visit him and his wife on a trip through California, (as they live in another area of CA) he sat right next to me like when we were kids, and his wife laughed and said, “he has been so excited you were coming, like a kid before Christmas”.

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