Wow! what a year! So much has happened around here that it almost boggles the mind. Just looking back over the blog since we began writing and perusing what everyone has been up to over the past months makes us realize how very blessed we are to have each other as a family and how grateful we are for the great God we serve who gives us abundantly more than we could ever ask or think!
The end of one year and the beginning of another are always times for reflection and looking ahead. What did we do for the Lord this past year? What will we do in the coming year that will really matter? How have we blessed our families? What will the neighbors remember about us?
We looked back and took the first couple of sentences from each month's post to see what we were doing and thinking through the year. Of course, those few posts don't mention some of the times when we really cried out to God...Tom's heart scare in March, Micah's broken hip in April, Jonathan's first job experience in May, or Tom's recent Thanksgiving trip to the emergency room--ouch! Or the exciting times we celebrated...Micah and Elizabeth's engagement party, our 25th-anniversary trip out west, and family birthdays. But it gives us some idea of our journey so far this year.
So, here's 2005 in review:
February 1, 2005 "An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels." Her husband ... praises her, saying: 'Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.' "
March 1, 2005 We've been working on trying to upload some snow pictures taken yesterday and today. This is the snowy view I see from my kitchen sink.
April 1, 2005 It's good to have a "girls' night out" sometimes; but last night after having the girls gone for almost a week, it was great to be "in" and fun to listen to them yakking about their time away!
May 1, 2005 The awfully horrible c-o-l-d which kept me home from yard-saling yesterday morning with Hannah is threatening to keep me home from church this morning.
June 1, 2005 Why are rabbits depicted in storybooks as cutesy and lovable? Why is Mr. McGregor considered the mean old farmer when he runs Flopsy, Mopsy, and CottonTail out of his garden? Well, rabbits have gotten me a little discouraged this week.
July 1, 2005 I haven't really elaborated on the Words That Hurt, Words That Heal Bible study I've joined recently. We had our second meeting last night, and the subjects were Bragging and Complaining.
August 1, 2005 I've mentioned before that I would l-o-v-e to have a faster computer connection, but when the cable and DSL companies say "we just don't come out that far yet," what can you do?
September 1, 2005 With today being the first Thursday of the month, Sarah and I are headed to the library for their "A Little Lunch Music" series. Today's concert is by the Stonewall Brigade Saxes.
October 1, 2005 Whenever you're next in the mood for some homemade pizza, try the recipes below. They're what we always use, and it turns out great!
November 1, 2005 Whenever we buy anything, we always ask around, check Consumer Reports at the library, read E-pinions, and in general try to find out pros and cons and the best brand for the best price. We're just starting this process with a garden tiller.
December 1, 2005 The Mountain Musings crew would like to thank those who nominated us in two of the categories for the Blogs of Beauty Awards for 2005.
So that's just a smattering of what we've been up to this past year. We look forward to 2006 and what the Lord has in store for us.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. ~Psalms 90:12
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. ~Colossians 4:5
~The Girotti Gang