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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Reflections -Backwards and Forward

Today, I am so thankful for a brand new day and a brand new year. It's a chance for a fresh start, a new beginning. I don't do New Year's Resolutions any more. I've done that so many times in the past and most of them are forgotten by the end of January. Instead I just want to reflect on 2014 and look forward to 2015 a bit.  

2014 was a rather tough year for my family. My parents are aging and not doing so well. They are still at home but needing more and more help all the time. I believe sometime in 2015 they may have to move into a place for medical assistance. Only God knows for sure. I didn't realize until the past 7-8 months or so, how hard it is to watch them changing and losing the ability to take care of themselves. 

My oldest sibling passed away in November of 2014 after over a year of battling cancer. Larry was such a really cool guy and he has left a hole in our family. I know Larry is free from all pain and sorrow and I'm thrilled for him. But we still miss him here. I've been able to just kind of ignore the loss, but I know sooner or later I will have to deal with his loss. I imagine 2015 will be the time for that. 

2014 changed our family dynamics forever but I know that God has been with us every step of the way. And even more importantly, I know God will be with me every step of 2015 too. He will help us make decisions for my parent's care and He will help us deal with Larry's loss. He will give us wisdom and peace if we just stay close to Him. 

So maybe that is my 2015 resolution. Stick close to God. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Who knew I'd end up with a New Years Resolution at the end of this post?  Sure wasn't my plan at the beginning. But it's one I surely intend to keep way beyond the end of January. 


  1. Sticking close to God is an excellent resolution! I'm sorry your parents are showing signs of aging and that they will require more help. I lost my folks to cancer when they were both in their early 60s, so I never had the privilege of caring for them in their golden years. It has to be hard to see.

    Wishing you a blessed and very happy new year!

  2. Can't think of a better resolution! It's on my list as well.

  3. That is one good resolution if you ask me. Change is going to happen, it's how we deal with it that counts. I spent 2014 getting use to living with cancer. 2015 will be?? Only God knows so I better stay close as well to Him because He will get us all through it.

  4. While making a resolution might not have been part of your plan for this post, but I suspect it was all part of God's plan for you, dear one.

    My dad is 91 and still living at home alone. I wish he'd go into some kind of assisted living facility, but his options are limited ... and I don't think he'd ever agree to that. :-(

  5. ((HUGS)) I think sticking close to God is an awesome plan for 2015! I don't do a resolution either.
    Happy New Year! Keeping your family in my prayers.


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