Monday, December 29, 2008

Fresh Starts.......

(No, this isn't any where's near the area of the world where I live.)

Usually by the time I get to the "tail end" of a year...I am SO ready for the "NEW YEAR" to begin.

I usually feel like a "worn out Washer Women" by December 31.
Thankfully I am not feeling as wearisome in my body, mind and soul, this year as of current as I have been at the end of some previous years in my life.

I guess some years are rougher than others I suppose.However, I am one that absolutely loves "NEW BEGINNINGS."
"New starts, changes, moves, conversions."
Call them what you like.
But I love them.

***Here's my "short list" for this Monday morning.***

~Fresh Bedsheets
~Being the FIRST one to walk on fresh fallen snow
~New born babies
~The air after a cleansing rain
~A sprouting plant
~A good cry (not for sadness always, but for good things as well like, proud moments, Hallmark movies, joyfulness, laughing till you cry...and thankfulness!)
~Little hatched chicks
~Using a new washed towel
~Clean hair
~Traveling to a place I've never been before and seeing things for the first time.
~A fresh cup of tea
~Cracking open a brand new book....I love that.
~A fresh toothbrush
~Stars on a crisp and clear night
~A new coat of paint on a wall....smells good...looks good. That's a winner all around really.
~Dew on the grass on summer mornings
~A freshly dusted room (the lemon pledge smells nice too!)
~Early morning sunrises
~Hellos instead of Goodbyes. I really detest "goodbyes"...but I've learned that goodbye isn't forever.
~Beaches with sand that is untouched in the morning
~A new pair of contacts that aren't grimed up yet
~Brand new Christmas socks
~Children that have just had baths
~Hot muffins straight out of the oven
~New money......well....scratch that.......I like old money too don't take me wrong. HA!

But the crispy bills are nice aren't they. That's why we always put them in cards for some reason. It's like it's worth more or something because it's new and not used.

When the year is nearly over.......I never have the attitude or thoughts of......
"oh let's hang on to this year because it was so great......" but rather.....I like to "sweep it out of my front door" like
Mrs. Mouse.

Be gone with you!

Life is like a "Carriage ride" and we had better "gather our skirts up and get in" or we will "miss the JOY in the journey."
It's no fun being "dragged behind a carriage" you know.
Just get in the thing.
And "hang on for dear life if the road gets bumpy."
I am all about "Journeys" anyway.

I love new adventures and new challenges.
Especially the "good ones" of course... we always hope and pray for those don't we?
But sometimes there is sad mixed in with the good.
It all does work out though depending on how you look at it and how you react. Most times.

As the song says...."A spoonful of sugar DOES help the medicine go down" so many times it is how we "perceive" life and how we adjust to the hand we are dealt.

I can tell you though...first hand....that "This lady is Embracing 2009" and looking forward to what wonderful things lie ahead for me and my family and friends.

No matter what war is happening, no matter what financial crisis is going matter who is the many nations leaders.
I know that my family will overcome and press onward.
Come what may. Because we must.

Many men and women prophesy and predict that the days ahead are going to get very "hard and rocky"....and I believe that.
I'm not saying that my family will float along in life unscathed.
I'm sure we will feel "fall out" just as others will.


I am not afraid. I'm also not foolish.
Some things can't be stopped or prevented.

Like "Birth and Death"...."New" years.
And "End Times" of all sorts.

Friends, get yourselves "ready."
2009 is just days and hours away.


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Southern Touch Catering said...

Greetings Joyce,
Hope you had a fabulous CHRISTmas. I too am embracing the thought of the New Year with great anticipation. Because this past year was so sad & bad that I can't wait for a great start with a New Year!!

Joyce said...

Of course you love me........????

Valentine Hearts said...

Hi Joyce,

Hope the new year brings you all yoyr hopes and dreams xx

Sonja said...

Thank you Joyce...your writing always puts a smile on my face...I needed to read this tonight! New wine skins for sure this next coming year! Trials are tough but hey, we all go through them...I have had my share this year, hopefully this next year will present different ways to handle the trials...can't say they won't come, that would not be reality huh? But hey, we CAN respond to them differently!
Highly appreciate you and your gift!


Steph said...

What a GREAT list! And I'm glad that you made it home safely, too!

The Urban Chic said...

Joyce, your post is just what I needed today. I wish you and yours a beautiful and Happy New Year. Your list is wonderful and I really should make one also. One of mine would be to be a better blogger, but just haven't got the hang of it---too little time. Sadness followed me on the same day as last year and now I am going to take a much needed break. Love and Hugs, Pat

My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Joyce.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
I, too, am looking forward to the New Year. Wishing you all the best for the New Year!
Hugs, Sharpn

Ms.Daisy said...

Joyce - I loved your list! Some of the things I would have on my list too. Mrs. Mouse is just too cute sweeping out the old year...I love it! A very Happy, Healthy New Year to you and your family!


Denise said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Attitude of gratitude to what the Lord has done and will continue to do...... we live and love and let HIM decide what comes tomorrow..... Be here or be there we abide with HIM !!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year girl...... I so love coming to your blog !

BusyLizzie said...

Lovely blog.. and so true!
lizzie x

aka the (worn out) washerwoman!!