Monday, December 29, 2008

The Dawn of a New Day! The Dawn of a New Year!

I took this shot of a beautiful sunrise in the woods the other morning. The dawn of a beautiful new day, as the old year is winding down, and the dawn of a new year is upon us.

I am not making any new year's resolutions this year. But I do have a motto that I have always followed and will continue to follow in the new year:

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

New Year's Eve will find me celebrating early with lunch at a Chinese Buffet. And much to my family and friends dismay, I do not plan on staying up until midnight, to watch the ball drop and to receive Happy New Year phone calls. That will have to come on New Year's Day, which will also find me dining out and wishing friends and acquaintances a happy new year. What can I say? I'm an early bird!

My family, friends, animals, and Nature have been a big blessing in the old year, and I pray that, that will continue into the new year. I don't ask for any more than that.

Thank you for reading. I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous new year, friends.

New Year's blessings from the woods!


Renie Burghardt said...

Oi Veh! I was still working on this post when it accidentally published! So when I posted the finished one, I lost the comments I had on the unfinished one! LOL. Very sorry for that, friends. It's a good thing it's not New Year's Day. I wouldn't want to start the new year that way. Again, I'm so sorry for the big boo boo I made.


Jmkdreak said...

Looks great!you can watch the New Year ring in on CNN re-runs!xox

JennyLu said...

Happy New Year Renie! I hope this new year brings manny tidings of good will and blessings from above to you and yours.

I won't be staying up on New Years Eve either (unless of course one of the kids is sick) But I will be making resolutions.


ancient one said...

I hope the new year is a specially good one for you!! May GOD bless you always!

Mary said...


I am so glad that 2008 was good to you. My wish is that 2009 brings you love, laughter, good health and abundant blessings.


The W.O.W. factor said...

I'm with you Renie! I don't stay up late for seeing the arrival of the New Year either...hmmmm...but this year, since I started blogging, I seem to be staying up later all the time, so who knows.
Happy New Year to you and I wish you another wonderful year ahead! Filled with many blessings and good times!

Leslie said...

Happy New Year to you Renie! My wish for you in 2009 is more of what you love and care about!

I've enjoyed reading your blog and will continue to share our blogging friendship in the new year.

Blessings of hope, peace, love and comfort in 2009 and always!


Sandy said...

Well heck, lucky you, early to bed, and lots of good meals!! Have a wonderful new year Renie!

Beautiful photo...beautiful!!

Jaina said...

Sounds like a lovely plan. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!!

Loretta said...

New Year's blessings right back at you!! May you have a great 2009.


Lakeland Jo said...

Renie- Happy New year to you and I hope you sleep well. We are having a party and now I am wishing for an early night myself... too much work and preparation. It seemed like a good idea back in October....

Deborah Wilson said...


I hope that you have a Happy New Year and enjoy your family and friends.

I usually stay up to see the New Year in, so I'll be up, bright eyed and bushy tailed.

All I'm going to do on New Year's Day is.....nothing. Because, afterward, I have it cut out for myself.

Janice Thomson said...

Happy New year Renie - may peace and joy be yours in 2009.
I love Edgar Guest's poetry. I have read his work for years and years.
What a lovely post.

Mountain Mama said...

I love your motto Renie. I don't make resolutions at all. I used to but soon discovered they don't hold. Now I just ask Heavenly father to help me to be pleasing to Him and a blessing to others. If I could do that, everything else would fall into place.

Your sunrise picture is beautiful. There is something so peaceful about that time of day.

I wish you a very happy new year

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ A lovely post and I have copied the poem by Edgar Guest. I have a book of his, so will look it up.
Thank you so much for your comments and I am glad you liked "I wrote your name" and truly our friends do live in our hearts. My brother put on my header, "I love my friends who live in my computer" and it iis very true. Have a very happy, healthy 2009 in your lovely woods, Renie. Take care, Love and Hugs, Merle.

Nancy said...

If you just go in and EDIT the one that had already published, your comments will still remain. (I am always going back in and editing my post to correct something or to add something else.) Maybe this will help you next time, if there is a next time....and we hope it doesn't happen again! LOL

Anyhow, you have a Happy New Year, Renie! I'll probably sleep right through it, as always! LOL

((( HUGS )))

Mississippi Songbird said...

That's a beautiful picture and a beautiful post today. I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year! bunches of hugs.....

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Happy New Year early. I don't know if I'll be awake either. But since the youngest daughter and her daughter are living with us, and since another daughter and her partner live here in the same town, I think they are getting together so we can play some cards and hopefully we'll all be awake at midnight. Last year I was sitting alone watching the ball drop. Abe tried to stay up, but couldn't make it. LOL I don't know what he'll try this year. Perhaps with others here, he might be able to stay awake. He got his hair cut today, the barber came to the house to cut it, which I thought was very nice of him. Eat some Kung Pao Chicken and Hot Sour Soup for me. I doubt we will be eating much Chinese food, since Abe is suppose to watch his sodium intake, at least until we see the doctors and find out why, since he wasn't before all of this happened to him. So again, Happy, Happy New Year.

Dawn said...

Love the pictures of the dawn!! Have a happy New Year!

Mad Bush Farm Crew said...

Hi Renie!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!!! Love the photo it's wonderful.

Hope you are well

Love and hugs

PS on the Chickens. I used to have a pair of Silkies many years ago. Going to try and get some little bantams because they are just so cute and wonderful to have.

Winifred said...

Lovely photo Renie you early riser. You probably get up as I'm going to bed, it's getting later and later for me.

Have a wonderful year in 2009 with good health and happiness.

audrey` said...

Happy New Year, Renie =)

hippo chick said...

Dear Friend Renie,

Have a Happy New Year. You are such a dear.

~hippo hugs~

P.S. Love the picture.

Midlife Mom said...

Happy New Year Miss Renie! I won't make it until midnight either, never do, not much of a night owl. Beautiful picture of the new dawn, you always take such lovely pictures!

I've so enjoyed getting to know you this year and love your posts. You have a real talent with words that are so nice to read. I wish you all the best in the new year Renie! xoxo

JennyLu said...

Happy New Year!

Gramma Ann said...

I still love the sunrise photo. Go to sleep and rest well. It's always nice to have family and friends to do things with especially eating out.

Don't eat to much and have fun.


Sally Ferguson said...

Happy New Year!

Linda said...

This was the first year I can remember now watching the ball drop. I was in bed by 10:00!

Your sunrise photo is beautiful. Wishing you the happiest New Year!!

Grandy said...

What a great pic!! Here's hoping 2009 brings you everything you hope for, Renie. Thanks so much for being a bloggy buddy this year. :)

GutsyWriter said...

I'm new to your blog and love people who don't need to make New Year's resolutions. That to me shows that your life is already in balance.
Happy 2009, filled with health and love.

Mary said...

Before I "sign off" for Jan. I would like to tell you again that I love,love,love your stories! Wishing you a blessed and happy New Year.
I love the motto for the new year by Edgar Guest and have written it down to enter in my personal journal.

love, mary

Sammy said...

I was an early bird this year too! In bed by 9:30, then up every few hours with the baby, of course! :-)

Happy New Year, Renie! Many blessings to you and yours.


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I hope 2009 is treating you well, Renie!

Annie Wicking said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Renie.

I hope you have a grand one with lots of fun and happiness.

Best wishes

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Lovely sunrise photo.
Thank you for your comments and I am glad you liked the story and jokes I posted. I hope you enjoyed your lunch after church. Take great care, dear friend. Love, Merle.

BClark said...

Happy New Year, I like your motto. Not to worry about the boo boo, if that is the worst then you are way ahead of the game.
As to staying up until Midnight, I did not either. I figured I already saw the celbration in Sydny so in a way had celebrated already!!

You were one of my blessings from 2008 and look forward to reading you in 2009

bennie and patsy said...

Happy New Year to you and I didn't fine any old boo boo's ,love your picture.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Nice motto, Renie. And nice post, too.
May you have a prosperous, blessed and happy new year 2009.

Rachel said...

I love that little poem!! I also loved that you said your family, friends, animals, and Nature had been a big part in the old year and would continue in the new year! Very well said!!

I wish you joy, peace, love, health, many blessings, and prosperity in the new year!

GutsyWriter said...

Thanks for following my blog.

Rosy said...

I'll send you some of our San Diego Weather over and down younder your way being we are now just starting to warm up again..but then that too can change once again here.

audrey` said...

Thank you so much for sharing the motto with us. It's beautiful =)