Thursday, December 27, 2007

Looking Back, Looking Forward

I hope many of you saw the beautiful full moon on Christmas Eve. I tried to take photographs of it that would do it some justice, but it was difficult, since I was leaning out the sun room window, and was hampered by some tree branches. I even saw, Mars, right below the moon, but it doesn't show up in the pictures.

I should have gone outside and stood in the middle of the field, to get some clear shots, but earlier I had heard a pack of coyotes howling near-by, and thought I'd better not chance it.

Christmas 2007 was merry and bright and blessed with family and good friends. Not all my family was here in person, but we were together in our hearts. And we spent some time visiting by telephone.

Oh, and there were presents galore; my kids and grand kids like to spoil me. I am very blessed, because at some time in our lives, there were difficult circumstances, but it has only strengthened us as a family, and I thank God for that.

Christmas morning church service was more beautiful than ever, and brought me to tears, as it always does. Joining the choir and the congregation in singing the beautiful Christmas Hymns, I thought back of Christmases when I was a child; Christmases when my children were small, and the celebration of the birth of our Lord, and as usual, I was overcome with mixed emotions: Nostalgia and Joy!

But Christmas 2007 is over, and now I'm looking forward to 2008. I hope everyone had a joyful Christmas, and may the New Year bring countless blessings and many good surprises to each and everyone of us!
(I love good surprises, don't you?)


Happy New Year, everyone!

38 comments:

Nonna said...

Happy New Year to you!! I'm looking forward to 2008 as well. Seems like the years go by faster and faster each year!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Nonna,

Yes, the years seem to fly by, don't they? It will be an exciting year for you, watching Avery grow. The first year is always so much fun, with a new baby.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year!

Renie

Grandy said...

Hi Renie!! I am so glad you had a good holiday!! And...you deserve to be spoiled. ;)

Writing the Cyber Highway said...

I'm so glad you had such a beautiful Christmas, Renie! I love the photos and your recollections of times past :-)

Happy New Year!

Smiles,
Michele

audrey` said...

Thinking of you, Renie =)

(((HUGS)))

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Grandy,

Thank you for coming by and commenting. Happy New Year!

Renie





Hi Michele,

Thank you for the kind comment. I always enjoy your visits.

Happy New Year!

Hugs,

Renie







Dear Audrey,

Thank you for thinking of me! Have a wonderful weekend.

Love and Hugs,

Renie

Patty said...

Good morning Renie,
I to would have stayed in doors had I heard coyotes in my (almost) backyard.

Glad your family spoils you, that's always nice. You mentioned your son took you shopping. I bet that was fun.

We don't have anything planned for New Years Eve, we usually just stay home, that's the safest place, and usually Abe's in bed by 10:00. I try to stay awake long enough to see the ball drop in Times Square, but sometimes i doze off. Ha!Ha!. I find I can do that more often than even ten years ago. Have a wonderful week-end.
Your friend

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Patty,

I did get some after Christmas bargains, shopping, but the big crowds are not fun.

I'm like you. I try to stay awake to see the ball drop in Times Square, but don't always make it. Last year, a friend called me and woke me up ten minutes before midnight, and we toasted the New Year over the phone! This year, I will have company for a couple of days, so hopefully will stay awake to greet the new year.

Thank you for visiting, Patty. Have a lovely weekend!

Your friend,

Renie

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Renie,
I did see the full moon on Christmas Eve. It was beautiful. After everyone had left our house on Christmas Eve, we went out to my Sister-In-Law's house for a while to visit with hubby's side of the Family. "THANK YOU" for sharing a beautiful picture with us. On New Year's Eve, we always stay home. The last few years, the girls have wanted to stay home with us. I usually fix finger foods and snacks. We watch Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on t.v. We all bring in the New Year together. I usually cook my Black-Eyed Pea's on New Year's Eve as well. At least you did get a bit of Snow. LOL. We got some more rain during the night last night and it has been raining here some more. They say it's suppose to clear out by noon. I haven't even looked outside this morning. I didn't get up till 6:15a.m. I had to call hubby at 6:30a.m. and wake him up. Take care my friend and have a great Friday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

2 LMZ FARMS said...

My grandmother use to say that when we are young the days doesn't go by fast enough and then when we get older they fly by. Yup, she was right. I catch myself wondering where in the heck 2007 went. Alot has happened in my family for 2007 with some good and bad, as I get ready for 2008 I wonder what is in store for us. With God's grace,I know we all will come through stronger than ever. I pray that 2008 will continue to bless you and yours. HAPPY NEW YEAR, MS. RENIE.
Laura

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Karen,

I'm glad you saw the beautiful Christmas full moon! It was magical, especially when it took a dip in the pond!

Christmas spent with loved ones is always special, isn't it?

Yes, we had some more rain overnight as well. Finally quit around 9 AM, which was good, because I was leaving for town at 9:30, and didn't have to drive in it. The sun is shining brightly now.

You know, I had never heard of Black Eyed Peas until I moved here. But they are might good! LOL. We always ate pork on New Year's Day, as any kind of fowl was supposed to be back luck on the first day of the new year. Old superstition.

Thank you for visiting and the always sweet comments. Have a great weekend. God bless you!

Hugs,

Renie

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Laura,

Your grandmother was quite right. The years fly by, when you get older, and that's when you'd like them to slow down some. LOL.

Life is not always an easy road to travel, but it's the only road we've got, isn't it? Joy and sorrow are a part of it, and we can get through anything with God's grace.

May the new year bring many, many blessings to you and yours. Thank you for coming by. HAPPY NEW YEAR, Laura!

Blessings,

Renie

Tina Coruth said...

Renie,

I'm glad you had such a wonderful and joyous Christmas! :-)

I love your photo of the moon. Did you use a tripod? It is not easy to get such a good photo of the moon without one. (I'm glad you didn't go out with coyotes.)

Happy New Year, Renie!

hugs,
Tina

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Tina,

No, I didn't use a tripod. I just opened the window and held up my camera, hoping for the best. You think the moon shot is good? Wow, thank you, Tina! Did you see the moon on Christmas Eve or Christmas Night? I hope you did, since I know of your special interest in the stars. It really was spectacular this month.

Thank you for visiting, dear Tina. Happy New year to you as well!

Hugs,

Renie

Pauline said...

It is such a delight to read here. The moon photo is lovely. Glad to know your Christmas was a full and happy one. Happy New Year Renie!

Renie Burghardt said...

Thank you, Pauline. I really enjoy your writing.

Happy New Year!!!

Renie

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Ms. Renie,
It's cold here this morning. It is 28 degrees. The rain finally moved out yesterday afternoon. It was still cloudy and windy till sometime last night and it cleared up. I haven't looked outside yet or opened the blinds. I do hope the Sun shines today. They say we are suppose to get some of the coldest air this season on New Year's Day. I'm gonna stay in and eat my Black-Eyed Peas and cornbread. That will keep us warm for sure. LOL. Are you going to cook any for New Year's? I love them. Sometimes I chop up some red onion and put it in there while they are cooking too. The girls don't like it that way, but I like to change up once in a while. Well, take care my friend and have a great Saturday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Renie Burghardt said...

Good morning, Karen,

It's always nice to hear from you. Faithful blogger friends are one of life's treasures!

Yes, the sun is shining, and it is another nice day after more rain. And we're going to be mighty cold Tuesday night and Wednesday. Time to get out the long john's. LOL.

Thank you for coming by and for leaving your nice comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and Hugs,

Renie

Crashtest Comic said...

merry christmas!

Renie Burghardt said...

crashtest comic,

Happy New Year!

Leann said...

this will be short friend.Iam home but need a break to get my thoughts together.
glad to hear you had a nice christmas.
I did to .we been having snow snow snow...
nice picture of the moon.we seen it at my daughter,ANNA,S but couldnt get a picture cause I have tryed before and camera doesnt do it justous.
((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))
God bless you and yours.have a happy new year .

Renie Burghardt said...

Leann!

Good to see you, my friend. I put up my Eagle's Nest Award. I hope you noticed. I'm glad you had a nice Christmas. Just rest up, and take it easy for a while. I bet the snow makes everything beautiful!

Thank you for coming by. I am so glad to see you. Have a Happy New Year!

Blessings and Love,

Renie

deborah wilson said...

Renie,

Glad to know that you had a wonderful Christmas, the same here. My, my, a new year coming in! I hope that it is a good one!

deborah wilson said...

p.s. - I'm picking up the bodacious award that you are giving away and putting it in my side bar, linking back to you. I wanted to wait until after Christmas. Thank you for passing it along and Karen makes neat awards..:)

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Deborah!

Hey, I'm glad you're picking up the Bodacious award. It's perfect for you!

Got company here, so got to run. Happy New Year!!!

Renie

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

May you find many blessings, pleasant surprises, and much shalom in 2008, Renie.

ancient one said...

Happy New Year!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Ms. Renie,
I don't know if you will post anything today or not, but I am going to wish you a "HAPPY NEW YEAR" from our Family. It's a little chilly here this morning. It's 31 degrees with no windchill right now. Colder air is moving in later tonight tho. I do hope you have a good day today. Take care my friend and have a great Monday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Beemoosie said...

Praying for blessings for you in and yours in the New Year!

Renie Burghardt said...

Mr. Nick,

Thank you for the beautiful new year's wishes. Shalom and Happy New Year to you as well!




Happy New Year, Ann! God bless!






Dear Karen,

Have company here so haven't had time for a new post. After New Year's Day, most probably. Happy New Year, my friend!

Love and Hugs,

Renie







Beemoosie,

Many blessings to you and yours in the New Year! Thank you for thinking of me.

Renie

Mountain Mama said...

I'm so pleased that you also saw the gorgeous Christmas moon! I took a few pictures too but they didn't turn out well enough to post.
I'm glad you had a merry Christmas Renie, and I wish you a blessed new year too.
Hugs!

Renie Burghardt said...

And a blessed new year to you, dear Bev!

Hugs,

Renie

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Great picture of the moon and I am glad you enjoyed Christmas. Please take care when there are coyotes around.
Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you liked the family photos.
I am happy to be home again and back with my blogging friends. It's nice to get away, but there is no place like home. But I have been very busy with visitors, so I didn't post tonight, but hope to tomorrow. Take care dear friend, and I hope that 2008 is a great year for you. Much love, Merle.

michele tune said...

Happy New Year, Renie!!!

Smiles,
Michele

Oh, and I gave you a little link love in today's post. :-)

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

I agree, going away is fun, but getting back home is the best!

The coyotes have been most active at night, lately, I am careful though.

Thank you for your kind words and good wishes, dear Merle. When they announced on the TV that it was already New Year's Eve in Australia, I thought of you, and wondered if you're toasting the new year with a little bubbly? LOL.

Happy New Year, Merle. May it bring many blessings your way.

Warmest regards,

Renie

Renie Burghardt said...

Thank you, Michele. Happy New Year to you as well. And how sweet of you to give me a little link of love. I appreciate it!

I tried to comment on it by you, but blogger wouldn't let me, for some reason. Sorry. I'll try again later.

Blessings,

Renie

Jeanne said...

Renie,

Many blessings to you in 2008--and many good surprises, as well!

Happy New Year!
Jeanne Dininni

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Jeanne,

Thank you! Happy New Year to you as well.

Blessings,

Renie