Welcome to your New Life!!

Hate to tell ya this, but it’s soon time to think of getting back to the "usual"–routine, work, school, etc.  (Mary and Joseph had to get on with "routine", even with the Son of God–circumcision when He was 8 days old, for example).  But I tell you that as a way of getting you to do what people get tired of/avoid:  making You-Know-What-Resolutions.  Because if you think of something that from-now-on-it’s-gonna-be-different, it can give you all kinds of ambition to continue with the rest of it–the routine of every day life.

The Mom recently re-vamped her schedule, so you could say that her resolution is to do some Spring Cleaning about once a week, spend some time on photo-work in the evenings, and go to bed at decent times!

Of course, to help you decide on the NEW year, you need to spend some time in Review… so here’s the meme The Mom has been working on (some of you have done it already)–she left out questions that didn’t pertain to her (like "did someone die/give birth; about one-night stands", etc.).

We first got this meme from

 , and we liked and kept some of her answers; but in the last question the song that she shared is an excellent New Year’s Gift for you!!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I’d never before been the "official photographer" at a wedding, I’d never helped to edit a Lenten devotional booklet, and I’ve never fixed up so many photos, nor done so much spring cleaning and thrown away so much "junk"!  Also–threw a surprise birthday party for my 21-yr-old Baby, welcomed his girlfriend for a couple of visits, learned a new computer, etc. etc.–WOW, didn’t realize this list was so long!!!

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes, for half the year anyway.  Yes, I never give up trying!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A good pair of walking shoes… I bought "hiking boots" that weren’t really hiking boots, and they hurt my feet after wearing them for awhile–but because I’d spent the money on them, felt I had to wear them out at least a little!

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 26th… there may have been other memorable days, but this is the one with the date–the date on the "Cinderella" Wedding invitations.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Fixing and organizing 500-odd wedding photos.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not getting proper wedding photos… OK, so we were rushed because a rainstorm was coming, but I could have got people to pose later (or elsewhere), instead of being preoccupied with wondering when supper would be ready! (VERY bad!)

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, hurt my back cleaning the deck; but went to the college back-doctors right away, so that it didn’t take long weeks of treatment for it to heal.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The Apple tv-computer, which enables us to show our photos on a large-screen high definition–everyone loves it when they come to visit.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My son Sam and his girlfriend:  seem to be making mature decisions about their relationship–first they waited before "going steady" (what an old term, eh?), for almost a whole season of school they were just good friends; now that they ARE an "item", they’re careful to set aside regular "date nights" (something that is recommended on The Marriage Course, btw) to make sure that they’re actually DOING something together (rather than just "cuddling, etc.", I suppose), and to make sure that the stress and busy-ness of university life doesn’t  overpower them!

OH!  There’s another answer to this one:  my DAD–in his 70’s, and he actually walked in a triathalon!!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
People who so easily and viciously "tear down" others by their words and accusations to someone else (GOSSIP!), and assume they understand the full story.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Computer stuff/toys–assuming "my" money means "my family’s"!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Lenten Devotional I helped edit, Sam’s Sweet Girl, and the Cinderella Wedding, oh and Sam coming off his diet and finding that it had worked to put his Crohn’s into remission… I get excited a lot!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
"Going to the Chapel and we’re–gonna get married…"  That’s when the excitement really mounted, as the Bridesmaid’s procession began to this song!  In spite of the torrential rains that happened that day, it was rather amazing that the sun shone for the whole ceremony!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a.  Happier or sadder? Happier–no question!
b.  Thinner or fatter? don’t like this question!
c.  Richer or poorer? Richer:  having met and gotten to know better several little ones (in my church and in my family), and having met our new Lead-Pastor-Elect!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Praying.  (If you pray, why worry?)—my answer is exactly the same as the previous person.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying.  (If you worry, why pray?)  Yes my lj friend–very good answer!!  I did worry a few times only to find out there was no cause for it!

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Opening presents, watching others open presents, eating treats, and driving to my sisters to have Christmas dinner with family.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
No, but I did get a small crush on a handsome movie star–"Adam" in the old series "Bonanza"!  Now we’re onto watching Gunsmoke, and that Matt Dylan sure has gorgeous eyes!

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
We cancelled our TV because we watch it so rarely, but we have started renting old series–like Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes. (They come in alphabetical order.)  I was pleasantly amazed at the great moral lessons in Bonanza, but don’t find the plots in Gunsmoke quite as good.

26. What was the best book you read?
I think it’s called "Pillars of the Earth", and I forget the author–historical fiction about the 16th-17th century in England, with lots of fascinating info about the building of cathedrals, etc.  Some of it was hard to take, but it was reality, and very well written.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Mediaeval Babes–just heard a Christmas song by them; my son’s been touting them for a year; they try to do most of their music true to mediaeval times–it’s hauntingly beautiful.

28. What did you want and get?
My mom’s homemade face cream, plus her homemade jam, plus new clothes I bought for myself.

29. What did you want and not get?
New winter coat and boots–sounds good to me too!  Maybe the Boxing Day sales?

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
"The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian"—OH, gotta see that!  MINE was "The Shawshank Redemption" (we rent them late!)

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Can’t remember, but we probably went out for supper, which we usually do for birthdays.  I was 51.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I could have been a little more careful… or had more willpower–and not gained so much weight!  But actually I was pleased that I hadn’t gained as much as I thought.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
I absolutely LOVE the new comfy-textles; this year I vowed never to buy another plain wool sweater… AND never again to buy things without pockets!! Obviously, my "fashion concept"=COMFORT!

34. What kept you sane?
My comforting, purring, cat!  She helps me get back to sleep when I wake up at nights… how will I ever sleep if she’s ever gone? :-)

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I should remember his name after seeing the credits so much, but the actor who played "Adam" on "Bonanza"!

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The recent fiasco in Canada of the "coalition" trying to be in power when they were not voted in!

37. Who did you miss?
The Sweet Girl, who was too sick to come to Sam’s surprise birthday party.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
See above, and other questions.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
That God is working in hearts that seem so misguided.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm lies a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark"–

This is what my lj friend shared, and the words are beautiful.  This part was certainly true for me in a couple of ways:  the golden sky (& rainbow!) that appeared in between the storms at the Cinderella wedding; also, at the end of the "storm" of all the extra work of Sam’s special diet, there was the "golden sky" of his healing!

Here are the rest of the beautiful words:

"Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be lost and torn
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
No, you’ll never walk alone."

Such a lovely gift from daisytells:  if you have wind and rain to walk through, if you seem to be losing hold of your dreams, may you know this truth:  you’re never alone… WALK ON!!

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