31 December 2007

reflection

oh dear, it's been awhile. i must have jinxed myself with that computer free stuff...i sure did go for it. i think i needed some down time. or, as elin put it, a lot of time doing nothing. but i was doing something...knitting, thinking, reorganizing lots of stuff...

big sigh.

so here i am on new year's eve...and i've been thinking this post in my head while scrubbing the floors, vacuuming up pine needles, and dusting the cobwebs...so here
i'll go...

2007 was a hard year for me. maybe the roughest i remember. and i am happy to see it go. normally, i have excitement for a new year...new possibilities, new dreams, new energy. i don't have that for 2008 yet...and don't know if or when it will come. i've been talking about this with some folks...having hope, but fearing it at the same time. i believe that i've been carried through this year, day by day, moment by moment. i believe that God has provided for me in the strangest ways manna for every day. strength in times where i felt the weakest, rest when i was weary, peace amidst confusion, balm for my hurts. and i believe this manna will continue to come day by day. i have hope for this new year, just not the faith in that hope yet...you know? anyway...

one way i feel that God has taken good care of me this year, is through this silly old blog. it has kept me connected to friends i may have never been in touch with again (and ann-krestene, i am SO thankful!) it has given me inspiration, courage, a resource and source to show off my creativity, and just a place to go and feel connected. some of you provided stability to me in ways you will never know. thank you all for this...

i do look forward to this next year for these reasons...seeing these two lovelies grow and bring joy to everyone they meet...
(eli "playing" twinkle, twinkle little star on our tree's violin....)

(stella wanted this shot...decorating the tree in her christmas outfit...)

i also look forward to meeting you all here, reading about your days, your thoughts, your creativity...

i wish you all love and joy and peace in this new year. and lots of manna.

5 comments:

Holly said...

Peace, Love, and Joy to you this new year, as well!! Your blog gives joy to total strangers...that will come back to you!! I don't know your hardships, but I will pray for you!
Happy New Year and God Bless!!
Holly

bandwidow said...

It IS AMAZING that this cold hard piece on metal and plastic has connected us again. I think of you often, and wish we had more time together as family's interacting face to face. If you have time to either post or e-mail Eli's medical updates I'd really like to hear how that handsome guy is doing (he's so handsome Melis! And of course Stella is an angelic little being). I'll pray for strength and peace.

Shari said...

i understand where you're coming from. i'm glad 2007 is over. it's good to meet you. 2008 is going to be a year of jubilee, i just know it.

rachel said...

i am glad for our silly blogs, too, and i am glad for a new year. we missed you this christmas...

lauren said...

this blog is heaven sent for me, of course i love to see pictures of the kids and what they are up to, but even more so, to reconnect with my dear friend and sister. you are so loved melis! my thoughts are with you for a bright new year. xo lauren