Wednesday, 2 January 2013


With continuing rain and everything so wet and flooded here I thought a collage of the Summer garden would be nice

I want to take this opportunity to wish all my blog friends and visitors a Very Happy New Year and prayers that God will richly Bless you in 2013

New Year's Eve was certainly a Blessed time.
Beginning with a great meal next door for around 50 people plus 14 children
followed with a time of fun and team games.
We then had the biggest firework I have ever seen
(only needed one!)
We then moved into a time of praise and worship and sharing the words that God had given us for this coming year
before a time of prayer leading up to midnight.
Has anyone heard the sound of 50 or more 'poppers' going off together indoors - deafening I can tell you - not to mention 
the smoke and the mess
Then it's hugs and kisses and encouragement all round (can take a while with so many people!)

The Blessings did not end there,
a gorgeous lie-in and to wake to sunshine and blue skies
(almost forgotten what they looked like)
and a bracing walk in the park.

All now remembering one of our community who was unable to be with us and went home to be with her Lord during the night 


Lorrie said...

Sounds like a lovely way to bring in the new year, with friends in faith followed by a calm day. I hope the rains soon end for you, and more sunshine dries up the soggy ground.

Terri said...

What a wonderful NY's party you all had. A good way to start the year. They say that what you do on NYs day is what you will do all year. We were traveling, not a bad beginning either.
Happy New Year Barbara.

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely time.
May 2013 be a year of health and blesings for you.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds a wonderful way to welcome in a new year which we hope and pray will be a wonderful one!

Susan said...

Happy New Year to you, Barbara as I follow you and your "happenings" another year.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Thank you for the summertime collage. They do say we actually feel warmer just by looking at pictures like that...I know they were a welcome sight. All here is frozen and white. I hope you have a very blessed New Year!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

That is a colorful and lovely collage. I like how you made it without borders around each separate shot.

It is sad that you will miss the one who went home during the night, but I know there is also rejoicing that she is home!

If I haven't already done so, blessings to you and Alan for 2013. It will be exciting to see how the year unfolds.

Vee said...

Sounds like a lovely evening and your friend, though gone from you, is present in Glory and walks completely whole and well and had the best party of all.

I don't know if I could handle 50 poppers going off at once. I'm having trouble with them down the street. Ha!

That's a very neat collage you did there all melding into itself that way.

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like one of our get togethers!!! The noise level is amazing, isn't it? So glad that you had sunshine and blue skies to start off the year.

I am sorry to hear of the death. Not a good way to start the year off.

Happy new year to you and your family, Barbara.

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

Blessings to you and Happy New Year. Wishing you a healthy and happy year ahead. I have so enjoyed popping in and reading what is new at your house. Thank you for the opportunity. Susan

Willow said...

Happy New Year to you and Alan! We are home now from San Diego and beginning to get reacquainted with our little home and routine.

Annie Jeffries said...

Happy New Year, Barbara. Thanks for a bit of brightness in the gray time.

CherryPie said...

I wish you and yours a Happy New Year too :-)

Trisha said...

Thanks for a year of sunshine and flowers in your blog. Blessings.

Teresa said...

Sounds so beautiful, Barbara! I would love to have been there for the praise and worship and to hear what God gave for 2013. I do not know where you are with your "My Story" but I would like to encourage you to put that in order to send to a publisher. Your story is such an encouragement and I would love to see those not in blogasphere world be able to read it. I pray blessing, peace and prosperity for you and Alan and all your beautiful family in 2013!!

Lori Zehr said...

Sounds like a really nice way to spend the New Year. I have never been fan of New Year's parties since I have family birthdays to prepare for on the next day. We have two born on New Year's day. I am always making cake and preparing for guests on the morning of the 1st and so I don't like to stay out late on Dec. 31. However, hearing what the Lord has laid on the hearts of other believers for the New Year would really be a wonderful time! Blessings for the New Year to you and your family.

Suz said...

Happy New Year!

Cheri said...

Beautiful garden, if we could only get some of your mositure. It's been going on 2 years. They are hoping for Wednesday maybe.

a woman who is said...

Happy belated New Years to you and yours! Sounds again like you had a wonderful night with your house church. Sorry about the loss of you friend.

I need to go find some updated photo's of your grands. They must be growing like mine.

Can't wait to check out your son's photo's and!