Monday, December 31, 2007

Food, family, faith, fun & games...

These pictures are just a mix of photos taken in the last week. As this year comes to a close and we look forward to a New Year I can see so many ways that my family is blessed and we have more than we deserve.
I can think back to times in my life when things have been less than wonderful- even painful and hard- and it only affirms to me that faith is the one constant and that it is the very reason our family looks 'as good as we do'. Not in our appearances...but in the sense that we have so much to be grateful for. God has filled our hearts and lives to overflowing. Our grief has become something that surfaces at times...but moreso we have love and laughter at the forefront of our days.
It is nothing short of a miracle to me- that we have come full circle in many regards. Living through loss and challenges has been the source of us finding Joy and strengthening and growing our family into what it is today.
We are far from perfect...far from having it altogther. But still, we can see how God has His hand in all aspects of our lives. It's not always easy. Yet I wouldn't trade the things we've not only been given, but been through together. Seeing blessing and beauty and goodness grow from where we've been is what I thank God for most in our lives. I can only hope that next year we grow in similar ways. I wish you all a Happy New Year full of changes that strengthen your life and make your Faith real in ways you might never have dreamed. It really can be a great adventure. You just have to seek it and see hidden blessings all along the way.


Heather said...

Happy New Year Jody!!
May God continue to pour his blessings onto you and your family throughout the New Year!
Hopefully we can get together soon!

Hilary said...

Cute Photos Jody.
Happy New and wishing you and your family "Cheers"!.

Susan said...

Thank you for writing about your grief and your joy. I am struggling with the outwardly happy vibe that I think my family puts out while we are grieving for my son. It just doesn't feel right to go on without him but his sisters live on and they bring joy. I think I judge myself for not grieving properly - it helps to see someone else in a different stage of grief. Thank you for sharing.

susan opel said...

Happy New Year to you, Jody! May it be a year of great happiness and faithfulness!

Christine said...

I am so glad you had a Merry Christmas and was able to spend time with your family from MN. I hope you have a wonderfully blessed new year - and I know I feel blessed just knowing you! Hope we get together again real soon!

Carrie said...

Jody - As always thanks for sharing your words of wisdom, particularly regarding your grieving process. It is very helpful to me now. Wishing you and yours all the best this new year!!!

Love ya,

Brown English Muffin said...

I haven't been here in a while but your kids are growing so fast and are still soo cute!!!

jewell said...

Hey, my daughter Morgan just bought that sweater. So very cute!!