The week in between Christmas and New Year's was spent relaxing at the beach for a few days,
much needed after the last five months of transition and upheaval, highs and lows.
We came home to host a fun impromptu New Year's Eve gathering,
and then a sit-down dinner for our church leadership on the second.
It snowed today!
It's so beautiful.
Sadly, that means that we had to cancel church because of the bad road conditions.
(Yes, in our part of the Pacific Northwest a couple of inches of snow shuts everything down!)
It's fun to see everyone out enjoying and playing in the snow,
or, like us, staying warm and cozy indoors and enjoying the excuse to be lazy.
All in all, 2015 ended and 2016 began beautifully.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-starting the day with a slow, relaxing time in the Word
-walking on the beach with my two oldest grandkids
-Papa and youngest grandson playing on the beach
-sunset at Cannon Beach
-just and true are His judgements Rev. 16
-the way our youngest grandson loves his papa
-clear, cold and crisp morning with the moon still up
-an afternoon reading and napping
-an amazing sunset
-some quiet time to write
-everything covered in frost
-a safe drive home from the beach
-having an impromptu New Year's Eve gathering at our house
-puttering around the house putting away the Christmas decor
-our oldest daughter, son-in-law, and two youngest granddaughters
coming over for the Rose Bowl and dinner
-setting some goals for the New Year
-cooking for company
-flowers and candles and pretty dishes
-our church leaders gathering in our home
-going to our nephew's house for a snow day breakfast
-finishing journaling my way through my ESV journaling Bible, (it took me 368 days instead of 365)