Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I can't believe it is 2012! 2011 was such a good year for us..with the unexpected blessing of a house that we all love so much, the kids experiencing so much growth and maturity, and Janae buying her first home at only 21 years old. We are proud parents.  At the beginning of 2011 we were very unsure of how the year would go. We are so pleased, it turned out to be our best year in a long time.
As we begin 2012 we are again unsure of what the year will bring..but I have faith whatever it brings..we will be able to handle it together. My hope and prayer is that we will be able to find joy in our everyday simple life.
I have no big resolutions or anything like that for the new year. I want to make ruffled seat covers for our dining room chairs, a ruffled tablecloth, some curtains for the window in the sun room..did I say my life is simple? I want 2012 to be the year of the ruffle in my creative world.  I also hope to do a really good job with my gardens and have lots of flowers to display in our house. I want to continue to walk everyday with my Mother because I think it makes me feel physically better and the fresh air makes me feel refreshed. I  hope and pray that my kids have everything they need to lead happy teenage (and almost teenage) lives and that Janae continues to thrive as a young adult and new homeowner. I hope that Jerry continues to enjoy his hobbies, and our home and children. Life is is good.

Our New Years tradition is to beat on pots and pans at midnight--I know, we are party animals!:) Gage woke up and gave me some New Year grins. In our neighborhood fireworks have been going all night--some even seemed to shake the house! They had nothing on our pots and pan beating though...we can be pretty loud!
One thing I am very thankful about that happened in 2011 is that I started my blog. I knew I would enjoy blogging but I didn't realize how much friendship and goodwill would be coming my way everyday out of my computer. It is so uplifting..whenever I start feeling sorry for myself for whatever reason (usually financial) I can just get on my blog and get so much positive feedback about everything I do have. I thank all of you so much for being there.

I wish everyone a simply wonderful  2012!


Heirloom treasures said...

You too Sandy,looking forward to chatting through a nice new year with my lovely blogger friends
xx jeanetteann

Angela said...

Hello Sandy,
I would like to wish you and your sweet family all the best for the New Year.

Grandma Carolee said...

Happy 2012 to you, too!! I love reading your blogs early every morning. They are always so beautiful, upbeat, and make me happy. I, too, hope to walk with you 5 days a week, and am looking forward to seeing the beautiful flowers you'll be growing. You and your sweet family give me joy!!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Adding my wishes to your family for a very Happy New Year! :)

Anonymous said...

A ruffled 2012 sound delightful!! Looking forward to seeing it in all its ruffishiousness!!

Happy New Year!

ShabbyESP said...

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Looking forward to see all your ruffles, I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing your lovely home and family.
Suzann ~xoxo~

Tara said...

Hope 2012 is joyous and wonderful for you and your family..xx

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Great pics! Love the dressed up cat under the tree!

farmhouse-story said...

ruffles are a lovely thought for the new year, sandy:) i may join you! love the pics, esp. the cutie in the last pic!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Sandy,
I'm looking forward to seeing your new projects for this year.
I really enjoyed reading your post and seeing the photos of your lovely family.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too, Sandy! This is a lovely post! Your family is beautiful!

Santa said...

I love your blog! Pretty.

Anonymous said...

Hello ... it's nice to meet and follow you.
stop by sometime.

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Karen said...

Hi Sandy, I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful projects this year.

Sue said...

I LOVE your kitty wearing the hat! My cats would never tolerate that! And "thanks" for stopping by my blog today, it's appreciated.

Take care, Sue

Lorraine said...

Such cute pics, glad 2011 was so good to you, hope 2012 is as well. I remember that old custom of beating on pots and pans at midnight on New Year's eve...

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Sandy for sharing your time with me in a beautiful visit.

I am going to enjoy getting to know you better

bj said...

O, I am so glad to meet you.
Thanks for coming by my place.
I just linked up to follow you...anyone that has such beautiful children is going to be a pleasure to follow. :)

And, I love the purse you made for your mom....after seeing her, I see where your kids got their good looks. :)
xo bj

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

You've got a positive outlook on the past and present. I hope 2012 is filled with blessings,

Latane Barton said...

Your wishes sound wonderful and may they all come true for 2012. Hugs, Latane

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Nothing better than a good simple life filled with ruffles!

Happy New Year

xinex said...

Congrats on having a good year. I hope 2012 is even better. You have a beautiful family!...Christine