Thursday, January 1, 2009


This is a New Year 2009!
We will open the book. It's pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called Opportunity,

and it's first chapter is New Years Day.

I am reminded of the many friendships and relationships that
I have encountered through my blog world.
I would never of dreamt that I would of found myself sharing
practical experiences of life and family with so many blogging friends.

I have reflected about my family and friends
that have played a large part of my life.
So many of you have supported me, encouraged me,
laughed with and walked with me through the challenges
and celebrations of the year 2008.

This photo resembles all the family members of a recent gathering.
Shoes lying in the front entrance...
tells me that people are coming and going.

I think of the people that have walked
through my home in the past year....
Have I made a difference?
Have I judged them?
Can they trust me?
Have I gossiped about them?
Do I look at them with a heart of love?
Or do I look at them like,
"What do you want from me again?"

I think of the many new opportunities this year.
Some are written in stone and others are waiting to evolve.
As I move forward into a new year of possibilities and opportunities,
I ask You, Heavenly Father to shine through me into the lives of others.

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

William Ward

May you all be able to reach out and
make the best of your opportunities in Year 2009!


  1. Marg, what a beautiful perspective. . .when I was looking through the pictures of last year, I saw us in the field at your homestead and smiled. You are certainly one of my blessings this year. . .soon, you must come for lunch. . it is a new years resolution.

  2. My goodness....what a wonderful New Year post you assembled here! I love the shoes photo!!! Perfect symbolism for a gathering of friends and loved ones.

    Another blogger suggested choosing a theme word for the coming year instead of making a wordy resolution. I think you've pointed out a great theme: Opportunities! That we will be open to them and aware, and as you said, let God shine through us!

    Sorry for this wordy comment, though. Your post should be summed up in one word: Perfect!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year! I appreciated so much your thoughts and perspectives on last year and this coming year! And I've enjoyed getting to know you through blogs and emails! Blessings to you in 2009.

  4. I'm so glad my shoes walked through that door on many occasions last year...and I look forward to crossing your threshold again in the new year...and sharing a small part of your journey with you. I value your friendship...and we still know how to have fun together!

  5. Excellent post! The pictures of the shoes makes me smile. Thank you for including us in your friendship group - we have so many marvelous times in this last year and look forward to many more in the upcoming. I do like the theme of "opportunity" rather than resolutions for this next year....Elma

  6. Happy New Year! I am sending you warm wishes for a year filled to the tiptop with happiness, good health, lots of love and peace. Thank you for your friendship - it is greatly appreciated. Celebrate!

  7. So beautifully said! I can read your heart's desire to bless others with the opportunites
    God gives you. I know that people who leave their shoes in your entreance will find a welcome place.

  8. Hi Marg, A Happy New Year to You, and yours. I spent a lovely Christmastime in Alberta with my daughter, SIL,and grandsons! Your snow post sure was fun to read. You took the opportunity while it was there, eh. We had some fun snow activities with the little boys as well. Dairymary

  9. Marg...good perspective on the passing of the year and the new one on its heels. Hope 2009 we can meet.

  10. Happy 2009 Marg! I hope the new year brings many joys and blessings to you and your family.

    I have enjoyed getting to know you this year through your blog and I look forward to another year of friendship.
    Hugs, Pat

  11. The pile of shoes speaks as loud as a dish pan full after a house full of guests. Such blessings to have friends and family! Your post nudged my heart. Thanks Kathy

  12. Marg, this is so inspiring and insightful. My wish for you is all that you pray for.

    And, I love the picture with the shoes. Perfection!

  13. that picture of the shoes just shows that you have lots of family that loves you and loves coming home, that is for sure. It was a beautiful post.


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