Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcoming 2013

This year we rang in the new year with a roaring fire, lots of food, games, family, and fun.  I completely shocked myself and let the kids stay up until midnight (since it was the first year that we had company-our moms and Todd's sis and her family- at our appetizer party).  I may have lost my mind.  Shortly after the ball dropped we said goodbye to our guests and put the kids to bed.  I don't think our kiddos realized how exhausted they were until the house quieted down.  Tommy immediately started bawling his little golden-haired head off and when I asked him why he was crying he said, "I really miss 2012!"  
Yes, 2012 was a fairly good year for our family.  I am hoping that 2013 will go just as smoothly, with maybe a little less medical intervention (broken leg, eye surgery, etc).  All in all we can't complain.  

Our world, however, is in great need of healing.  Our world suffered in 2012.

With the start of a new year it always feels like a fresh start in life.  But I think we all need to be reminded that each day, each hour, each minute can be a fresh start.  We don't need to wait for a new year to change our lives.  If we want to be better, if we want to make changes, if we want to live more peacefully there is no time like the present.  Don't wait.  The time is now. Each moment is an opportunity to begin again.  A fresh start.

Our world is hurting for peace, kindness, love, and compassion.  Let's hope that with 2013 the world will see us all at our best.  Making changes for the better. Improving our world one person at a time.

God Bless you all in this new year, and always.


lime said...

aw bless your little guy's heart. he WAS tired! i am so glad your 2012 was mostly a good one, i wish you happiness and health in 2013.

yes, you are right it was not a happy year for the world. let us be the change we wish to see.

Verna Lantz said...

God bless you and your pretty little family this year, Kat! :)

Tabor said...

2013, here is hoping it is more peaceful and more forgiving for everyone. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Bijoux said...

Happy new year! Looking forward to more stories about your family. Hugs!

Carol Buehner said...

Blessings to all of you, Kat! You are so right about our world. It needs lots more prayer to get those good things! Here's to a better, healthier, Happy 2013~ xoxoxox Carol

ROBIN said...

No better way to spend New Year's Eve... the fire, the food, and family.
The way the world is now is scary and we do need a change. I hope 2013 can find peace and happiness for us all.
Thank you Kat for being so kind. I hope this year has much joy (less medical interruptions) for you and your family

Dawn said...

Happy New Year to you Kat! I love that sunset photo...gorgeous. These are good words to remember. There's no time like the present to make a change for the better.

That corgi :) said...

How cute with your son and his missing 2012 comment! I can only hope that he will have a great 2013 in the days ahead!

So agree that we need more compassion, love and definitely Jesus in our world and we need to be the people that it all starts with, one person at a time; very good advice!

May you all have a wonderful new year!


Wisconsin Girl said...

Happy 2013! Sledding looked like lots of fun...we have to do that yet...it's been SO cold! We took the kids to Blue Harbor yesterday afternoon for the first time and had a blast. Wishes for a wonderful New Year:)

Jeni said...

New Year's Eve here was just me and the two young grandkids -who had talked a good game about wanting to stay up and watch the ball drop but both of them folded up by 10 p.m. I even woke each of them up just before midnight to ask if they wanted to get up and watch the ball. Maya told me quite politely "No, thank you." Kurtis -eyes still tightly closed -nodded his head vigorously that he wanted to get up but that was as far as it went.
Now -the rest of your post -very well put, Kat! To be honest, I don't think it would take anything exactly earth-shatteringly large to see changes come about if each person would just try to live each day with positive energies and love towards family, friends and everyone around us and world-wide too. Just a small change in attitude -showing love and appreciation for all we have -could surely go a long, long way and definitely isn't that hard for each of us to do either. Remember -"Let it begin with me!"

Riahli said...

I was thinking along the same lines this new years eve... I've been trying to think of some ways that we can contribute to a kinder more loving community in our little corner of the world.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

What a great way to ring in the new year!

And yes, definitely some more kindness and healing are in order.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I do NOT miss 2012 - not one bit! lol
I love the pics, especially that last one - gorgeous. Love the new header too!

Karen Deborah said...

beautiful words Kat, agreed with all.

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson