Every year offers up something different. Sometimes we find ourselves wishing for time to fly, other times wishing it would stand still. Some years bring exciting changes, while others offer no relief from the humdrum of the daily grind. There are years that find us grappling with loss and heartache. It can be difficult to keep our balance.
The thing I find most comforting, no matter the weather or season, is that God never changes. His love and grace and mercy are constant. His promises are yea and amen. As the words from a favorite hymn say, there is no shadow of turning with Him. That simply means He will never turn His back on us. It is believing this that helps me get through anything.
It's been a tradition for me to take a look back this time every year, so here are a few of my memories and images from 2012:
January ~ The girl joined the 21st century and got a smart phone.
February ~ My precious sugar plum brought me many a smile as she chased a ball around the yard.
March ~ The Man and I enjoyed an eight-week trip to Florida that included visiting the Atlantic coast ...
... and exploring Captiva Island, the place where one of my favorite authors used to go for quiet writing retreats.
April ~ We returned from a long road trip and spent much-awaited time with sugar plum.
May ~ I enjoyed a blessed Mother's Day Sunday with family ...
... and afternoon coffee in my little garden.
June ~ My beautiful daughter celebrated a birthday ...
... and my niece and her husband opened a little shop called Rosy Revival.
July ~ We spent a few days in one of our favorite getaway places, the lovely San Antonio.
August ~ The Man and I celebrated 32 years of marriage.
September ~ As summer came to a close, we spent a few days on Galveston Island, another favorite getaway close to home ...
... and I got a helping hand in the garden.
October ~ Twin sister and I celebrated another birthday.
November ~ We spent a week in beautiful Branson, Missouri ...
... and spent Thanksgiving Day at the hospital with my dad, after learning he'd fallen off the roof the day before.
December ~ We enjoyed Christmas Day, surrounded by family, and most grateful that Daddy was home and recovering from two surgeries, resulting from his accident.
As I step into the New Year, I want to be mindful that, no matter what may trouble me or bring me pain, beauty and goodness are all around me, just waiting to be discovered.
Here's wishing you and yours a healthy and prosperous New Year!