As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CeLeBRaTe!! {Day 23 ~ Celebrating a New Year}

Photo by Bekah
Over the thirty-five years we have been married, we have celebrated the coming of a New Year in many different ways. Some years we have gone to gatherings; some years we have hosted them. Sometimes we have had another family over for the evening. Some years Kristin's family has joined us for an early dinner and some games (or dancing to Grooveshark requests by the grands!). Some years we have gone to a New Year's Eve service. Sometimes, we have just gone to bed early and welcomed the New Year in the morning. 

But there is one tradition that is consistent in our celebration of a new year. 

For many years now, our family has made a list of the past year's highlights. We record births and deaths and major events, but we also include vacations, lost teeth, and room remodels. Basically, we record anything that seems significant to any family member.

As much as I like to celebrate, I think that there needs to be some quiet time surrounding the arrival of a new year...a time to reflect on the time that has passed, and a time to consider what the Lord would have for us in the year to come. Moments for contemplation. 

Compiling this list of blessings, accomplishments, sorrows, and growth provides a framework for reflection. 

The list becomes an Ebenezer. "Thus far the Lord has helped us." 

This is Day 23 in the series CeLeBRaTe!!  Click ~here~ to see more.


  1. It would be very special to see how God has brought us through. I always love when you tidy up a year...a year in review on your blog and even your monthly reviews. It is not some light little thing just to do. It is an honest look at all that God has done.

  2. What an amazing testimony to pass down through the generations! I enjoy hearing my grandparents' letters read aloud at family reunions. They provide such a legacy in the telling of God's provision and faithfulness.

  3. Again, you have struck a chord, all families, and even us singles, can benefit from this. I have run the gamut of celebrating on NYE, the last few yearshave been spent quietly at home, and no, NOT a pity party either. I hate to travel that night or in the "wee" hours. I had my snack and my libation and my quiet time to reflect back. And I realize how blessed I am. I am where God wants me to be. xo

  4. Taking a look at where we've been is helpful in going forward in the new year. I love how you celebrate! ♥

  5. What a wonderful tradition! I agree, it is important to look back, to remember, to learn, to enjoy and celebrate again. Love this special series on celebration. Thank you!

  6. Another great idea of celebrating the new year, we like to spend New Years Eve reflecting on the past year, and we talk about our goals for the new year. Thanks for sharing.


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