Happy New Year

As planned, Jeff and I had a lovely Christmas spent with family and friends. While some days were filled with visiting and activity, we also managed to find a few days of quiet for which we’ve been most thankful. I’ve been sick the past week and that has resulted in our traditional Christmas letter/slideshow morphing into a New Year greeting this year. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our lives in 2012 and we wish you hope, love, peace and joy in 2013.

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36th day of Christmas

We have arrived at the last day of our 36 days of Christmas music!

Today’s music is not so much about Christmas as it is about leading us into the new year ahead. I feel that 2012 holds a lot of uncertainty for me- uncertainty about how I’m going to pull my thesis together, uncertainty about what I’m going to do after graduation, uncertainty about what will be the right steps to take for an as-yet-unknown next phase in my life. Uncertainty is not something I do well, I’m afraid. I like to have a clear idea of where I’m going and an even clearer plan of how to get there. I have a feeling that 2012 is going to teach me a few more lessons about simply enjoying each day as it comes.

On April 28 last year, I stayed up all night, glued to the TV. I will freely admit that I enjoyed every minute of watching the Royal Wedding- the hats, the dresses, the pomp and the circumstance. But the best moment for me, by far, was the choral piece that John Rutter wrote for this occasion (click here to read the  lyrics). This setting of “This is the day that the Lord has made” is my very favourite piece of new music I encountered in 2011. I think it also is a wonderful message to hold tight as we move forward into 2012.

The other piece I want to leave you all with is John Rutter’s “Look to the day”.  Rutter was asked by Cancer Research UK to write a piece for their Service of Thanksgiving held at Ely Cathedral on the 23rd of September, 2007.  I have absolutely fallen in love with this piece and it’s message of hope. After a challenging 2011, the message of this piece inspires me to look ahead with greater confidence to 2012. I hope it will do the same for you.

** I want to offer a special greeting to my great Aunt S-  I hope that this piece gives you some added encouragement and strength. You are certainly held close in my thoughts and prayers.

New name. New look. New year.

Jeff and I thought that ringing in 2011 was cause for celebration and a little updating around here. We hope you like the new look and thank you for tuning in to make the conversations and sharing here much bigger than we ever imagined this little blog to be. We sincerely wish that the new year will bring:
The warmth of home and hearth to you.
The cheer and goodwill of friends to you,
The hope of a childlike heart to you.
The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son and God’s peace to you.