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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Goodbye 2008, hello 2009!

The Chinese Noodle and Uncle S...getting all wound up!
All dressed up for New Year's Eve
Uncle S and Auntie C
This new UglyDoll is almost as big as me!
A Chinese Noodle sandwich
Goodnight Lollie
Happy 2009 to everyone! We've been busy celebrating with my brother and sister-in-law who have been here for a week. We were sorry that they had to leave today, but hope to plan a visit out to see them this late winter or early spring. S and C, we'll keep you posted.

What a fun time we had with family, ringing in 2009. On New Year's Eve Lollie, Papa, Uncle S, Auntie C, the Chinese Noodle, J and I went out to a great little Italian restaurant for dinner. It was a tasty meal that was paced just right...sometimes you can feel so rushed, especially on a night like New Year's. After that, the whole crew came back to our house to chat and laugh. Unfortunately the C.N. missed it--no staying up until midnight for her (or us, for that matter--we only lasted until 11:15).

On New Year's day, everyone including J's folks (Grandma and Grandpa) came back over for dinner. We completely ate ourselves silly with white cheddar cheese, 5 English cheese and Cotswald cheese and crackers for an appetizer, pork tenderloin stuffed with brown rice, oranges, golden raisins and cashews, steamed green beans with dill, garlic mashed potatoes, spinach salad and sauerkraut for the main meal and Christmas cookies and gingerbread with lemon glaze for dessert. Oh, how could I forget the best part of all--the champagne!! Yum-O.

On a more serious note, as I reflect over 2008, it has certainly been a year that I won't soon forget. Of course the highlight was the referral and addition of the C.N. into our family. Being on the other side of "The Wait" makes it easier to understand that God was indeed working, even though I couldn't always see how. While I was recovering from my unexpected surgery this past spring so many verses spoke to me, but one that was especially meaningful was one from Isaiah: "Don't you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the creator of the farthest parts of the Earth never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the tired and worn out and strength to the weak. Even the youth shall be exhausted and the young men will give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint--Isaiah 40:28-30".

May we all continue to put our hope, faith and trust in the Lord this 2009.

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