Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Year in Review

This is something I did last year and thought it was a good thing to do again.
"With the New Year right around the corner, this is the perfect time for a peek through the past year of blogging. I would love for you to join in with me! Post the first sentence of your first blog post of each month. Then add a favorite picture from each month. "

"For quite a few years we have gotten together with Bob's brother Tom and family to bring in the new year."

This is a picture I took one morning in January while I was at work.


"It's been a crazy day for me."
We had record setting snow fall last winter. This is just another snowy picture of our road!

"I love music."
This is a picture from my Dad's 77th birthday. From left to right are: Dad, Terri, Duane, Cheri, Mari

"Look what I found in my mailbox!"
We flew to Virginia to see Andy graduate from his advanced training. After graduation he was allowed to take us into the hanger and show us his beloved Apaches. This is Bob and Andy checking them out.

"We flew home on Saturday."
We had a surprise 50th birthday party for Bob. We really did surprise him too!

"I have always loved lilacs."
This is a picture of my front yard in the middle of a rainstorm. We got a lot of rain in June.

"Today is a special Works for me Wednesday."This is from a post I did about our cat Cleo and how upset she was about being forced to wear this ridiculous outfit!

"We are back and a good time was had!" We went camping with Terri and Cheri. This is a picture of Heather, Bob, Laura and Aaron looking out over Lake Michigan.

September: "Last week Heather and I made a visit to WJQ, the radio station we listen to."Finally I was able to post a picture of our completed kitchen!

"It's time to visit Sandra and see what great slow cooker recipes she has for us today."
This is a picture I took at Sleeping Bear Dunes when Bob and I went for a little getaway.

"The big election is Tuesday."

This is a picture out of my living room window. Many trees were empty of leaves, but others were still hanging on.



"It's time for Tips on Tuesday"

This is a picture from Christmas of my kids at home in front of Andy on the webcam.

When a year comes to an end we often think about what we need to work on in the year ahead. Here is a verse I think is appropriate for the last day of the year:

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. " Philippians 3:13-14


kari and kijsa said...

A great year and blessings for a great new one as well!
Happy New Year,
kari & kijsa

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Oh, I love that picture of the siloettes in front of Lake Michigan. I also love the beach shot.
Happy New Year Mari!!

Saija said...

what a super idea!
and fun to see your blogging year - at a glance!


maybe i'll have to do that too? hmmm ...

Mike Golch said...

Great post.I hope that you and your family have a Happy New Year.

Unknown said...

Good pictures of last years posts, I love that verse too.

A Stone Gatherer said...

That was fun Mari! I love the verse at the end too! Forgetting what is behind and looking forward to what is ahead! Great way to start the year! See you in 2009!

Shell in your Pocket said...

What a fun tour of your year!

Happy New Year to you! Wishing you much happiness!
-sandy toes

Cherdecor said...

That was a great idea, Mari! I loved looking back over the year with you.

Happy New Year!

Sandra said...

I loved this Mari, I did something similar on my blog :)

I wanted to thank you for the prayers on my brother and I wanted to also wish you and the rest of the family a very Happy New Year.

Andrew Bruins said...

Good idea for a post I may have to do that. Happy new year!

All My Blessings said...

I am so blessed to have you as a friend and to read your refreshing posts. You are truly a blessing!!! Kae

AlaneM said...

I love it, you take such beautiful pics Mari.

Happy New Year!

Kim said...

Mari, LOVE the year review with photos! What a great idea!

And your picture up above with the fireworks reminds me of last night. We had quite the display here in Carlos Paz :-) But still without a camera (except the cell phone camera) so couldn't take any pics. Maybe next year :-)


Diane said...

I remember pretty much all of those pics and love all of them! I pray for you and your family to have a most blessed New Year! Thanks for being such a great friend!

Rebekah said...

That was neat. I enjoyed reviewing your year with you. Its been a pleasure getting to know you and your family

Kayren said...

What a fantastic idea! I enjoyed looking back at all of these.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Ohhh, I enjoyed this very much! Thank you for sharing all your memories and family! :)