Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!


I do hope your Christmas season was a good one.  Mine was somewhat quiet as it has been for years now.  But it ended up to be a good one.

My big Christmas gift was quite the surprise as our kids have gone together to rent a house next summer for all of us to vacation together on Lake Michigan for about a week.  We will be staying near the "Big Lake" in South Haven and making little jaunts now and then to our favorite places like Saugatuck and Holland. 

I think this will be the first time our grandchildren will see the area where their mom spent her childhood years.  July seems so far away but judging how 2013 flew by, it will be here soon.

Which... with frigid cold temperatures and snow on the way... July sounds kind of good right now.

I'm spending the remainder of today and perhaps tomorrow pondering life and God and the next year.  Just little things, you know.  ;)

Image:  I have had this Mary Englebreit print in various rooms in our home, currently in the study.

24 comments:

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a wonderful and gift and something lovely to look forward to!

Happy New Year!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Happy New Year, Brenda! What a wonderful gift of togetherness you kids are giving you! Very good ideas they have! I do hope you will figure out a way to comment on my blog...Vee is on blogger, but is able to comment on wordpress. But I'm really glad you break is over and I can be inspired by you again!

hopeinbrazil said...

How perfectly lovely! We spend our furloughs in Michigan so we know there are many beautiful vacation spots.

Vee said...

Yes, Brenda, ponder the "little" things. = D

Oh what a lovely gift! It is always fun to have something to look forward to.

A Very Happy New Year to you!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely gift!! You are blessed to have such children!! Something to look forward to and plan out...sounds like fun!!
Elizabeth in NC

Elizabeth said...

That is a wonderful gift ! Happy New Year!

rebecca said...

Pondering here today, too...
What a wonderful gift! South Haven is a delightful place--as you know. We've returned there a few times after first being gifted with a getaway at a Bed & Breakfast when we directed a camp near Kalamazoo....

Another time, I spent time with a friend who had rented a small cottage kind of along the channel.

Happy New Year!

suzanne said...

happy new year, miss brenda! watching the rose parade and loving the traditions kept. what a wonderful christmas gift your children have given you. the older i get, the more precious the time with my "grands" becomes. God bless you and your family in 2014.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful surprise! So happy for you and your family.


Happy New Year!

Lori in PA

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

My Cottage Diary said...

Happy 2014, Brenda! I think your gift sounds wonderful: It gives before, during, and after it occurs! Looking forward to more of your insightful writing as you ponder! Many blessings to you and yours, Bess

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful gift this is! I immediately thought that your children coming up with a "gift of all of you being together" speaks volumes about your parenting and the great kids that you raised. Well done!

Storybook Woods said...

Happy New Year Brenda. What a wonderful Christmas gift and one you will treasure. Clarice

Judy said...

A gift to anticipate..a gift to enjoy...and a gift to hold in your heart forever after! I'm thrilled for you that your family came up with such a lovely idea.

Happy New Year, Brenda.

God bless.

Raewyn said...

What a lovely Christmas present - it sounds like a delightful and well-deserved break!

A very happy New Year to you, lovely lady!

Anonymous said...

It is so good to see you back! What a delight!!!! To be all together in a favorite place on vacation!!! Wow!! I wanted also to let you know I just noticed Granny Miller has posted she is leaving her blogging. The site of her's listed on your blog roll will be gone in a couple days {posted Dec 30} and she will have all here old posts now on a word press site she lists. You might want to change her address very soon therefore on your blog roll. I know you too will be sad to see her stop blogging but understand. I pray she will be ok as she mentions some health concerns. I would have written this to your e-mail but I was not certain you would see it before it was too late. Sarah

Nana said...

Hi Brenda;
Wishing you a wonderful, blessed and Happy New Year! Looking forward to hearing from you in 2014! Love and Hugs, Nana

Anonymous said...

Blessings for the New Year! So happy you are back! I have always loved that quote from your ME picture. We had a quite Christmas too, which was actually kinda' nice. What a truly Wonderful gift your kids have given you! Something to really look forward to!
I just finished reading "Winter Solstice" and thoroughly enjoyed it! I think it's one of her best books, next to "Shell Seekers". Thanks so much for the recommendation! Last year I read Miss Read's "Christmas in Fairacre" thanks to your recommendation, as well, and then proceeded to read all the other books in both her series! Enjoyed them all So Much! Now, I'm about to begin " A Million Little Ways" by Emily P. Freeman, again, thanks to you! (A Christmas present to myself!) I also gave my daughter a copy and she totally thrilled. (It was actually on her wish list) See how you inspire us all?
Hugs and Blessings,
Laura C. from WA

Mrs.Rabe said...

Happy New Year dear friend!

I am excited for you all to have this vacation together!

Deanna

Debby said...

Happy New Year!! What a wonderful gift, just think of all the new memories you can make together with the ones you love

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you. What a wonderful surprise gift. I wish the very best for the whole time you are there. And you are right--the way time flies, it will be here soon. Happy New Year!
Blessings, Sharon D.

Keri said...

I'm excited for you and your big Christmas gift! Can't wait to see and hear all about it, and as you said, it will be here before you know it!

Lynn said...

I have missed your posts! Glad you had a quiet and lovely Christmas season. And such a wonderful gift to look forward to for the next few cold months.

Melissa said...

We all agree, what a wonderful surprise for you. It sure will be fun looking forward to your summer vacation. Trust that your health will let you enjoy this time with your family.