Wednesday, December 31

Happy New Year

At 12:01 am, the old year will move on and the baby New Year will begin his reign. None of us know what 2009 has in store for us. The prediction is hard economic times and possibly another depression. However, 2009, as of this moment is filled with blank pages. There will be things that happen that are out of our control, but there will be other things that we have a choice about. Keep your attitude positive and try to write only positive things in your book for 2009. The most important thing is that we remember our values, love our families and try to make the New Year the best that it can be.

My wish to each of you is that you are blessed with abundant blessings, love, laughter, good health and happiness throughout 2009. Remember that life is only what we make it. Love your family, friends and God and the rest will take care of itself.

The past year was very good to us and I must count my blessings. There were a few things that I would rather not have gone through. All the mess with the tenant in the first five months of the year was trying for us. The next five months were labor intense as we renovated the apartment and made it liveable again. Sometimes we thought it would never end. We finally got it finished and Aunt May, who was suffering from bone cancer went into the hospital and within two weeks had passed away. Though I`m glad she is free and no longer in pain, I will miss her.

The past year was not the hardest one I've ever been through and I am thankful for blessing received. Mom is doing well for her age. Hubby is working and is doing fairly well health wise. The grandsons are healthy and we all had a beautiful Christmas. So many things to be thankful for and as I bid 2008 goodbye and welcome 2009, I only ask that the coming year is as good as the past one has been.

Count your blessings as you begin the New Year and continue to count your blessings throughout the entire year, for there is always someone who is even less fortunate. Be kind and love thy neighbor as thy self. The rest will take care of itself.~Blessings,Mary~


  1. Mary,may the comming year bring much happiness.

  2. Happy New Year from Willow's Cottage!


  4. Praying many blessings for you in 2009 my friend, I love you.

  5. Happy New Year Mary. The old year gone. It is a good thing we do not know what it will bring;- happiness, sadness, joy, or sorrow. It will likely be a combination of all, to be faced with faith, hope and the love of those dear to us.
    Wishing you only the best!

  6. YOU, dear Mary, are a blessing to us all in blogland!!!

    Happy 2009

    [and thanks for participating in my 'interactive Thursday 13 today]

  7. Happy new year to you too!
    I love you girl and I am anticipating awesome things for this new year.
    And AMEN! on the loving family, friends and God. May His love in us grow huge in this coming year.

  8. I'm glad we got together this year, so to speak. Have a good one.

  9. Wonderful thoughts, dear Mary. So true. I have never heard if you found a good tenant for your apartment, I just realized. What a year it started out for you!

    2009 began as I was coming home from the airport after dropping Sema off for her first visit home to Kenya in 6 years. Kev leaves today - not ideal traveling arrangements, but they'll connect in Nairobi sometime tomorrow. Her flight was really late and she was terrified that she'd miss her connection to Dubai in New York. But the Lord sped that plane over the miles and she called at 6 from baggage area where she was heading to her international flight with her luggage. Praise the Lord!

    Have a wonderful first day of 2009!

  10. May 2009 be filled with many many blessings for you and yours!

  11. My wish to you is that strength, laughter and love fill the days of 2009.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us...and for the blessings that you are sending out, too.

  12. Wishing you all the best in 2009...Happy New Year Mary..;)

  13. Very good advice Mary! I hope your coming year is all you want it to be. And I've so enjoyed getting to know you this past year.

  14. Lovely New Year's Post Mary! I've moved my Thankful List from the sidebar of Small Reflections to a post at Happily Retired Gal this morning and started a new one for January. I hope you're enjoying the first day of 2009.
    Hugs and blessings,

  15. Oh I keep hearing we heading for big depression and anyone over the age of 70 does remember quite a bit about it.

    But all years are good in there own special way.
    I see your even blessed and your family and friends must also be blessed for having you in their lives.

    Coffee is on.