Monday, January 04, 2010

Bringing in the New Year

This year we joined friends from church in celebrating on New Year's Eve. A couple in our church owns a tree farm out in the "country," and each year they have a delightful bonfire with plenty of Smores and hot dogs.

It's always a treat to skewer some unoffending marshmallow or hot dog, load it up with carcinogens by roasting it over the flames, and then enjoy it in the proper receptacle (either graham crackers or a bun, depending on what you've skewered). Why does something burned over a fire taste so much better than something burned in the oven? *sigh*

We were also treated to a hayride. It was bitterly cold, and the air was thick with fog and mist -- perfect conditions! We bundled up together and soaked in the eerie, mysterious darkness.

We headed home around nine and welcomed the New Year in with sparkling grape juice (a family tradition). Yesterday our family reflected on all that has happened in the past year. How many changes there have been! And as we start the New Year out with even more changes, I look forward to seeing the plans the Lord has for all of us in the year to come.


  1. What a wonderful way to finish 2009!

  2. Dearest Shannon,
    I know you are so busy right now preparing for your wedding, but, if you happened to get online before Saturday, I wanted to let you know I am praying for you and your soon-to-be husband and everyone else involved and I am so very excited for you! God bless!

    With love,

  3. Wonderful pictures - and I do so agree with you about food made outside.

    I hope you have a wonderful beautiful day today and that everything runs smoothly. I'll be praying for you, Pablo and your families today.

    Much love & many blessings


  4. Shannon,

    Just thinking about you and you beautiful wedding day!! Hope all goes well!! Blessings for a beautiful 2010!!

    Mary C.

  5. Congratulations, Mrs. Pablo D.! God bless you two as you take off on this wonderful journey together!

    Love in Christ,
    Emily Rose

  6. Congratulations, Shannon!! I saw the picture your sister posted on the S&S forum and you looked BEAUTIFUL!

  7. Hi Shannon! I saw your sister's post about the wedding on the forum and just wanted to drop by and say "CONGRATULATIONS"!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you and Pablo! May the Lord richly bless you in your marriage!


  8. Congratulations Shannon! (OR should I say that to Pablo?) :)

    It is SUCH an encouragement for me to see the blessings and rich rewards of waiting for God's best- which you did!



  9. Beautiful photos! Congratulations on your marriage - the picture your sister posted was absolutely gorgeous! Your dress was stunning --- and y'all looked so happy. Best wishes and blessings to you both!



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