Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and Thank You


As I look back on 2012, I can't help but feel mixed emotions.

While this past year proved challenging for our little family as we were brought face to face with the darkness and helplessness of death (you can read about it here), through it all, 2012 has been the most eye opening, the most gratifying and the year of most personal growth.

This year I learned about forgiveness, I learned about faithfulness, I learned about grace and most importantly, I learned about God's hand over our lives at all times.  During the tempest of the ocean or the calmness of the sea, HE is always there, watching us learn and holding us close.  And when we feel we cannot cope, HE gives us renewed strength.  HE fills the hearts of those around us with love and compassion for us and we cannot help but to feel peace.  

As this year comes to an end and we prepare to finish the chapter that was 2012, we will keep the memories of this past year close to our hearts as it will serve as a reminder of those things learned.  And whenever new challenges arise, we can refer back to this chapter in our lives and see that we've made it through and know we can do it again.

It is with great joy and anticipation that I will open this new chapter called 2013.  It has been said so many times, the pages are blank and it is up to us to write a beautiful story. 

Thank you my dear friends for all of your support throughout the year.  Your daily visits and encouraging comments are never ever taken for granted.  I will end with my usual 'much love',  but it's during time like these, when nostalgia settles deep into my heart that I realize that those aren't just written words.  They are from the heart, as you have become such an important part of my life and everything I do for this little blog I do with 'much love'. 

Happy New Year.

MUCH LOVE,

15 comments:

  1. Much love right back at ya.

    Thanks for uplifting me on days I needed it throughout this past year.

    Happy 2013,
    Nic

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  2. Happy holidays and New Year!
    GOD Bless us!

    Ellen Corby.

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  3. Happy New Year, Lucy. Many blessings.

    Hugs,
    Laura

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  4. Happy New Year Lucy and may it be a great on for all of us!

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  5. Hi Lucy~ I have not commented before but I've been following your blog (via email) for quite a while. You have uplifted my spirit and given me so much inspiration and it's time I told you that. Thank you! I love this quote today and the way it's done on the chalkboard. May I share it on my blog with a link back to you?
    I hope the New Year brings you Peace in your heart.
    xo
    Joyce

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  6. Happy New Year and keep blogging that good! :)

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  7. Beautiful post Lucy!
    Happy New year to you and your family!
    xx
    Anne

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  8. I know this was a challenging year for you, Lu, but you hung tough and rose above the trials of it all. You are much loved here in blogland- so I wish you Much Love, too- xo Diana oh-yeah-and Happy New Year to you, too!

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  9. May you have a blessed New Year filled with God's rich blessings and happiness! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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  10. Happy New Year, Lucy and family! Blessings in 2013. xox

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  11. Wishing you the best in 2013. Happy New Year!

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  12. Beautifully written! What a perfect quote and so appropriate:). Thanks so much for your kindness and support this year! Happy New Year to you & your family,Jen

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  13. Hi Lucy,
    I am trying to catch up on my blog reading after Christmas & New Year's. You look so sweet with your hubby, oops that's a different day. I really came over from my reader to comment on this, You said:
    "This year I learned about forgiveness, I learned about faithfulness, I learned about grace and most importantly, I learned about God's hand over our lives at all times. During the tempest of the ocean or the calmness of the sea, HE is always there, watching us learn and holding us close. And when we feel we cannot cope, HE gives us renewed strength. HE fills the hearts of those around us with love and compassion for us and we cannot help but to feel peace."
    Grace, I love that word; it means everything to us as Christians. I knew that you were covered by God's grace from the way that you speak, the thoughts that you share, your priorities and your transparency. It's wonderful to have you speak it, words are so powerful, and I agree with every word in that paragraph. I have seen it, lived it, breathed it in my own life. I am blessed by you each time I stop by, and I want to thank you for that. Whether you do anything new or amazing this year or not, you will still be a bright light, a shining star for other's to follow. God Bless you and your family in 2013!

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