Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Looking Back.

These last few days have been quiet...I've been putting about cleaning, laundering, reading, and reflecting.   Signs of Christmas are over, but not in my heart, as I reflect over the past year, thinking and thanking God for all the wonderful events, friends and family that have been a part of my life. I  My Christmas tree and decorations are still being enjoyed while the soft background music allows me to enjoy the days to come. I have so enjoyed perusing through my photos from this past year and there are many reminders along the way to show me how others have truly and significantly shaped my life.

January started off with a Bang!
I did not think anybody could ever drag me to Vegas,
but here's Judy and I doing our weekly plank exercises
as we both go into the New Year celebrating our 60 birthdays.
We go back along way...and have sure enjoyed our times together.
What will we do this year Judy?

My actual birthday, Feb.13th, 1952-2012,
standing on the shores of Saint Monica, waiting to board
the Cunard for a 12 day voyage to Hawaii.

He's the engine behind me....
We both love  cruising and knows how to plan the details
that created a special surprise trip just for the two of us!
Laughter is enjoyed along with his well designed surprises.

And our dearly beloved Papa turned 100 on March 2, 2012.
Thank you Helen for all your love and support that you continue to give to Papa.

Papa enjoys a hearty laugh as he celebrates with family and friends.

We will never forget our family ski trip in March.
A handsome young man, Christopher asked for our
daughter, Suzanne's hand in marriage...
And of course we said

April was the month for a tour for farmer's wives.
We headed south to the boarder, Seattle and guess who forgot her passport?
We all enjoyed the shopping, food and sights of Seattle.
It's never long enough.
And of course, you will recognize some familiar faces.
Not only cooking brings us together, so does farming.

Ah....Memories of my five years working as the Volunteer Coordinator
at our local hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital.

Recruiting volunteers and developing programs became
part of my duties which fit so well for things that gave me passion.

And then there was that day....
I retired May 31....and I can still feel that pit in my stomach.
I loved my work, I loved my boss, and felt valued all the time.

June demand more of my time as we prepared for another party for Papa!
We hosted family and friends from afar.

We were so delighted to have family from Europe attend this special occasion.

Suddenly in July, the focus changed once more.
I am sure you have spotted these two old Mennonite women in previous blogs.
They made their appearance out of no where again. 

We all arrived together in the month of July with members from Menno Media.
We sat down and signed new contracts for our upcoming book called
Celebrations, due to be released May 1, 2013.

The whole weekend Summit was hosted and prepared carefully
by many of the authors themselves.
It game me time to think about wedding decor as we hosted supper.

 The decor for the wedding was white accessories with brown linen
accents, coffee beans, yellow sun flowers and our own back yard.

August came and we enjoyed every last minute which led up to the wedding.
No greater joy than to have both of us escort her through the doors. 
And it looks like I was giving instructions once again.
These friends knew exactly what I needed.

Thank you to a wonderful group of girlfriends
who have been there to support me for many years.
We are a bunch of lifers.

Then a quick trip to Osoyoos with my favorite little men.
They bring me joy beyond...they bring me laughter.
And I love them to pieces.

September brought my sister and I closer together,
as we celebrated birthdays and  anniversaries together.

But what we did not know, was that we would both be
planning a celebration of life for my
dear brother Lorne, who passed away far to quickly.
Dec. 3, 1950 - September 12, 2012.
We miss you Lorne!

October, brought us together again, as a family,
around the patio table, enjoying a feast of turkey which was deep fried.

The warm evening allowed us to build a campfire...sharing memories,

and playing with fire...
Are there any adults who don't enjoy a fire?

November brings me many happy memories and smiles as
we, together with friends enjoyed a get away to the warm Pacific Islands.

And you can see,
we really knitted up a stash as we created our winter
touques for Christmas gifts. Have you ever heard of the Fish Hat?
Many good times chatting, eating, knitting, walking and
enjoying the warm ocean waters.

 December arrived and I am reminded of some unique surprises,
Water funnels created for watering the trees and

 Wooden dowels created to making  noodle racks.

Once again, as I look back I am thankful for my family and friends,
who have been a support along my journey.
There have been many surprises this past year which have made me smile.
I hope I can go into the New Year smiling and looking at
and savoring the moments that allow me to cherish Christmas all year long.


  1. What great reminders of the blessings of the past year! There were many moments to treasure in 2012.

    We know you will go forward with a smile, Marg. And you are good at making others smile too!

  2. God is good...all the time! What a wonderful look back at all the blessings of your year, Marg!

  3. Not enough pictures of me;) - mikki your daughter.

  4. What a year you've had with so many things in common to mine....I only wish I had done the "retirement" thing too! I'm almost ready - though I love my job and co-workers. Maybe 2014 will be my time? Are you loving your retirement? Life is just so short and there are so many things still to accomplish!
    I hope you are able to breath and relax a little now that the book has gone to print - what an amazing accomplishment!

  5. What a wonderful year it was for you Marg! Thank you for going back over it with us. We can thank God with you and for you!

  6. That was a great re-cap, Marg. Your family experienced so many of life's milestones in those twelve months - you drank from the cups of joy and sorrow, but I can see that the cup of joy was passed around many, many times. I look forward to seeing you again in 2013 if you are in town when I'm there - or perhaps you and the Engine behind you will find yourselves on the Island!

  7. Isn't it amazing to look back at the year like that? It's been a full year of celebrations and probably some tears . . . but in it all, the Lord has been faithful!

  8. I enjoyed your year in review and was surprised by a few details...which goes to show there are still things that can keep learning about each other.
    Blessings in 2013!

  9. Thanks for sharing the year in review. It's a great way to remember. (I'd do that too if I hadn't forgotten what happened in April!) Finally I can see your knitting! Love those toques! Knit on!
    To think that you were in Santa Monica and I didn't get to see you!! You were within 45 minute's drive of my home!

  10. Thanks for allowing me to look back with you on the happenings in your 2012. A journey of so many high points, the deep sorrow of losing a know how to live life well Marg.

  11. It looks like a rich, full year. How nice to have it recorded-in your mind and on your blog. I hope 2013 will be another memorable year.


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