The end of the year is always a good time for reflection; and it has been quite a year for many of us. My husband and I moved into a new community in the spring where he found a job that suits him well; I too am working here at an Auction mart for cattle sales- which I thoroughly enjoy.
We have a little country church here which I helped to paint the interior, and did a little painting of the Holy Spirit for; my husband is now attending Mass regularly and receiving the Sacraments, for which I am very grateful that my prayers have been answered.
My husband got in contact with his daughter after many long years of not knowing her and we hope that she will decide to get to know him for the wonderful person he is.
I overcame my fear of flying to go to the coast to sponsor my niece for Confirmation.
I started two blogs- this one and my horse blog- which has led to more proficiency on the computer and camera, but more importantly, I have new friends to share with and pray for.
Every year must also have it's sadness, and while we had a wonderful family gathering for Dad's 80th birthday, he has, in the last few months, advanced in dementia, and it's very sad to see. My mother also is failing in health but increasing in holiness.
I lost my cat Otis last month to Urinary Tract disease, and my heart goes out to Tom in Vegas who lost his little dog, Critter, on Dec. 28th.
Although the world is in a recession, it hasn't hit us too hard, and I pray for relief for those who are struggling to get by.
So to all, I wish a Happy New Year and pray that God will bless you in all your spiritual and temporal needs, and that 2009 will see a renewal in traditional values in the Catholic Church, and will see more people living their faith.