Happy New Year

        Last night’s celebration was a combination of family tradition and suggestions by friends.
        We started the day by sleeping late, knowing the kids were all looking forward to staying up until midnight to welcome in the New Year. Mamma came over for brunch with us; I am so thankful for the blessing of being neighbors with my parents and grandparents. She joined us for our Bible reading and some of the verses we read (Ps. 91:1-2) she shared that she quoted as she was receiving her radiation treatment a few years ago.
        My Granny has always said not to do laundry on New Year’s Day, that if you did, you would be doing laundry all year. A friend shared that her Grandma took that even a bit further, that whatever you spend New Year’s Eve doing is how you will spend the next year. I shared this with my children and they were quick with suggestions to apply that thought to New Year’s Day. We were all in agreement to avoid laundry, washing dishes and all housework for the day. Heather said we could play games and she would beat me at chess. Everyone chimed in with a list of fun things to do as well as what we should avoid.
        We watched the recording of the ball dropping in Times Square, an hour later here, and then all started the year off on the right foot, literally. Mitch finished up the firework show just before the rain started pouring again. Thankfully he had decided to do most of it earlier as soon as the sun went down. We toasted the New Year with sparkling grape juice, after explaining to Joseph who said he didn’t want any New Year’s toast, he had enough toast at breakfast!
        It’s way past bedtime, good night. We get to sleep late then have a day of fun with the whole family home together.
        God bless you, and I hope you all have a happy new year, too!


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