Those who plant in tears will harvest SHOUTS OF JOY. They weep as they plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the HARVEST.

Psalm 126:5-6

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Year of Joys and Sorrows

Well it is almost 2009 and I really don't know where this year has gone. It has been a wonderful year with many changes that were both good and bad. I have been visiting many blogs tonight and looking into other people's lives. As I write this post I am reminded of a blog I read tonight and the writer asked what will you remember about this last year. I am sure most of you all know by now that we welcomed our first son into our family this year so I will have to say that is the event of 2008 that will be forever etched in my memory bank. It is a day I don't ever want to forget.
Other memories I have of this past year seem to be sad one's. For some reason we dealt with death a lot this year. My husband lost both of his grandparent's within a 6 month period. We rejoice for them as they are sitting with their Lord but we also miss them. I still remember sitting at the cemetery for Grandma's funeral. After everything was done and we were all leaving my mother- in -law looked at me and said, "Susan I am so glad you are hear to show us that a new life is coming to join our family." We at that moment both looked at my very round belly and I believe we both felt the peace and love of God. It is a moment I will never forget. The other memory that sticks out in my head is at Grandpa's funeral just a few months later the family all gathered around. I looked at everyone and saw things in a different light this time. Now I was holding my son and couldn't help but tear up as I watched my father -in-law and his mother stand arm in arm. I saw a glimpse of me and Levi some day. A mother, still after all those years comforting her son in a time of need. It was bitter sweet moment that I will never forget. And of course I have the many memories of our children laughing and crying and just being kids. God is so great to our family. It has been a great year and I look forward to this next year. I wonder what road God will lead us down in 2009!!!


Nana C said...

Susan, a nice post, very well portraying a year of the closeness of the family. Yes, God will give us this next year, fully with His love. Love Mom

Tanya said...

Thank you Susan, years are important. They build us up and they make us stronger. I am so excited to see what 2009 will do. I guess it will be how we make it. Love ya

Becky said...

Amen. Happy New Year! : )