Monday, December 30, 2013

Thankful for 2013...Eager for 2014

 Oh, the Drama!! 
This was taken last year as we celebrated the coming year. Leia wasn't a fan of our saying, "No!" and after a year, she still isn't a fan. 
Christmas break has been a bit of drama. Sibling drama in our house. Let me tell ya, I'm ready for school to start back.
But for now....
Let's talk about the upcoming new year. And thinking back over the happenings of 2013, I'm reminded that God is Good. 

It seems as if this was the year for loss. 
Numerous friends lost their dads this year. All I could think was we're getting older and life happens. We will never live forever even if I feel my dad is stubborn enough to be around til Jesus comes back. It makes me sad to think that soon it will be my dad going home to Heaven.  I see the diligence of my friends still pressing on even when their favorite person isn't here. It's an inspiration to me and others around them. It teaches me to be thankful for dad (and mom) and to cherish every moment. 
Our family had a loss this year. My cousin, her husband, and unborn baby were in killed in a tragic bus accident. I never understand why bad things happen to good people. But my aunt and her family showed us that "God is good ALL the time." 

Heaven gained so many of our loved ones this year. It's incredible to try to imagine the reunion when we all see each other again. What a day that will be.

Yes, it's been a rough year. But without the unpleasant times, we wouldn't appreciate the good times. I'm reminded this every time I see my mommy friend's little boy. He is my reminder that God is Good. She suffered the loss of a child just as I was finding out that I was pregnant with Miss Leia. My heart hurt for her. It was hard to be excited about my pregnancy when I knew she had just lost her sweet baby boy. God and lots of prayer brought her a sweet miracle this year...a bouncy baby boy. I keep their Christmas card on the fridge as a reminder that God is Good ALL the time. Oh, life gets rough, but just think of the awesome things that are about to happen. 
I'm reminded of this little funny from Momma Price. She was busy changing diapers in the nursery one Sunday morning (and it was a day for stinky diapers). Next thing I hear "With all this poop, there's bound to be roses somewhere."  

Happy New Year from The Smiths!!
-enJoy ♥

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