The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation,and my high tower. Psalm 18:2
The end of another year. 2014. I am finding it is true with age time speeds up and memory begins to fade. I was just remarking, the other day, how my memories seem so distant to me. Even just the events of 10 years ago seem like another time another place to me. I never would have imagined the life I am now living, not in a million years.
One of the major changes this year is that Pete and I are almost “empty-nesters.” Without even realizing it, on occasion, I have found myself trying to remember what it was like to be constantly taking care of children. The only time I get close to remembering is when I have my Grandchildren for a night and a day. 🙂
I have been contemplating what this year has meant to me, what new thing I have learned and what God did in our lives as a family this year. The year certainly went fast. As I look back through the pictures I can not believe all the moments I got to witness in my families’ life. So many to mention but I will just try to highlight a few.
The beginning of the year saw some actual winter weather in Houston. Icicles of all things. They were everywhere and soooo pretty!
One of the favorite events of the year was the Josh Garrels and Robbie Seay Band concert we attended at the Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas. Ben and Rachel introduced us to Josh’s music and we had been listening to him for a while. He had just started touring this side of the country and Pete bought tickets for us but he could not make it because he was still deployed. Ben, Rachel, Sam and I went. We recorded him singing some of our favorite songs so the video quality was not that great. He sounded so much richer in person. The music was incredible and we all fell in love with his music even more after seeing him live. He is very down to earth and authentic!
We celebrated Brodies’ 7th Birthday! An amazing day with a castle cake, hand-made shields, many a daring sword fights and adventures with the kids.
Another special day was Blue Bonnets blooming in Texas. It is a funny story. I told my husband before we married that he had to see the Blue Bonnets. Bragged to him how beautiful they were so we planned our honeymoon to go to a bed and breakfast in the Brenham area so we could go see them when they bloomed. The year we married there was very little rain around Texas so the drought effected the Blue Bonnet season severely. When we got to Brenham and planned our day to go on our tour of the area we discovered there weren’t any Blue Bonnets to be found. The waitress at the restaurant had told us there were a few but did not stay long. However we found one (1) at a nursery. Now this year there were millions! What a joy to share with our grandchildren!
There were many other happenings throughout the year. Everyday things like soccer games, trips to the beach and a trip up to Fort Hood to see the ‘Army Guy’ in our family. 🙂 Witnessing vows at weddings, births of more grandchildren. Fun times spent in the back yard looking for and finding cool bugs. Spending really hot days at the pool. Family dinners and celebrating more birthdays in the family. If you follow me on Facebook then you have already seen the 1000’s of pictures I have posted. But here are a few that cause me to pause.
Notice anything about most of these pictures? Most of them are filled with little people, grandchildren. The ‘group’ pictures are my favorite because they represent how the Lord doubled and even tripled our family. The growth of our family, the dynamic of our family and most importantly the blessing of our family. God has given us so much this year and all of it in tiny blessings.
The pictures are not perfect. While there are smiling faces and silly grins there to are the worries, the disappointments and the losses. But you can’t really see that. You only see that some are posed but if you look closer you can see each personality of each person frozen-in-time. You can’t see the little things most often missed by many too hurried to wonder about it. Like gratefulness that most of us had good health this year. That we could afford to celebrate and travel. That we could provide for our family. That in the hodge-podge, that is our family, we could be together and enjoy the simple moment-by-moment pleasure of making memories.
What did I learn this year? I learned this year you can not hold tightly to things or people because they are not meant to be permanent. So I have let go. I learned that lessons God taught me years ago are still relevant to me today and I have to keep applying His answers to my life each and every day no matter what. So it is back to the basics in my walk with God for me. I learned that loving your children does not mean you agree with everything they do and say and praying for them is the best way to bring about positive changes in their lives. So my prayer time will increase for sure. 😉
Even now I can not imagine what 2015 will be like. There are already a few things we have on our calendar to look forward to but I do not know exactly how they will go until we get to that time. I can not be sure of tomorrow but I can be sure that God will be there when it comes because He always is. A friend posted that she has never been sorry that she trusted in His name! I replied, “me too!” For that is real and true, especially for 2014.
So the very best thing I could do for the new year would be to continue to trust in Him! For He is my ROCK, my FORTRESS, my DELIVERER and my STRENGTH!
What else do you need???
Grace to you,