Wednesday, January 1, 2014

it's a new year...


It's a new day.
It's a new month.
It's a new year.
I'm starting it off in a new way.

For six years I have blogged...often.
On this...
the seventh year...
I am taking a bit of a break.

Let's call it a sabbatical....
'ceasing to work in the seventh year'. 
See...
it's even Biblical!


I'll be back...
sometime.

But for now...
I'll be away from 'My Front Porch'.

Don't be surprised if I show up at your doorstep from time to time though!

I'll leave you with an Irish prayer for the new year...
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. - See more at: http://todayiamblessed.com/gods-blessings/#sthash.stDPXs9P.dpuf
 Count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean.
Count your kind years instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth.
Count on God instead of yourself.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. - See more at: http://todayiamblessed.com/gods-blessings/#sthash.stDPXs9P.dpuf
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. - See more at: http://todayiamblessed.com/gods-blessings/#sthash.stDPXs9P.dpuf


Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. - See more at: http://todayiamblessed.com/gods-blessings/#sthash.stDPXs9P.dpuf

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. - See more at: http://todayiamblessed.com/gods-blessings/#sthash.stDPXs9P.dpuf
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. - See more at: http://todayiamblessed.com/gods-blessings/#sthash.stDPXs9P.dpuf

29 comments:

  1. Happy New year! Blessings upon you and your family...enjoy your 'sabbatical' :) I look forward to your return...whenever that shall be :)

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  2. I think we all need a rest from the familiar some time. We will look forward to your return.

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  3. A year of Jubilee! Perhaps I should follow your example and spend my time with more tangible things. I will miss you SO Judy. I hope you update us all from time to time. You have been such an inspiration to my soul........ All the best to you my friend - I shall miss your regular posts!

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  4. That is a wonderful blessing!

    In my selfishness, I am quite sad to read that you will be taking a sabbatical. When you are ready to return, you'll find that we have kept the light on for you. Blogdom will not be the same without my long-time blogging buddy.

    Happy New Year to both you and Elmer and all the Mt. Cheam clan!

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  5. I too will be sad not to read you regular goings on. I have followed faithfully but have not commented often. Your posts have always inspired me. I've enjoyed those family times and all those trips. I understand that sometimes a break is necessary. I will be checking in to see when you reappear. Enjoy your sabbatical and may it be a year of Jubilee! Wishing you and your family a very blessed 2014.

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  6. I shall miss you and your family happenings, the farm, the travels, the everyday things. Do take care and return as soon as you can. God's blessings.
    Farm Gal in VA

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  7. Oh Judy, I'm going to miss you so much. As I've stated many times, reading your blog is one of the things I most look forward to. Your photos are awesome, you are so generous in taking us along on your travels and in sharing your everyday world with us. I will continue to think of you and pray for you and will enjoy catching up with you when you're up to posting. And remember, next time you're near Surprise, AZ let me know! Happy New Year!

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  8. Enjoy your sabbatical. I shall miss reading your blog and vicariously enjoying your adventures. I hope the recipes keep coming. May the Lord Bless you and keep you. Angharad

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  9. I hope your sabbatical is full of wonderful experiences and joys. Enjoy! We'll miss you and look forward to your occasional passings by.

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  10. Happy New Year! Enjoy your break, see you when you come back ??

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  11. Going to miss your blog while you are away...
    Blessings on your sabbatical...

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  12. A sabbatical is indeed healthy now and then. You just take care now...

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  13. A well-deserved sabbatical and one in which I hope you find joy and contentment.
    When you are ready to return we will be here with welcome arms... until then, you shall be missed.
    Sending good thoughts your way, Judy.

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  14. A new year.....counting on God each step of the way.

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  15. I'm also one who will miss your posts, but totally understand the need for that sabbatical. Maybe I'll be next, after your return. I'm so thankful for the connection we have made through blogging and I know this will not change that. Take care.

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  16. Happy New Year, Judy, enjoy your break. : )

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  17. I am so thankful for you! I am so thankful for all I have learned from you, and from all the daily inspiration I gleaned from every visit. Breaks are important in life, but if and when you come back to blogging, you will be welcomed back with open arms. Until then, my thoughts and prayers are with you, whenever you come to my mind.

    Thank you so much Judy, for your consistent and so interesting posts over the years. You are one special lady!

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  18. Do what is right for you and your family. I wish you a year of God's grace, joy and peace.♥

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  19. A Sabbatical is good thing. You've had a busy couple of years. I took a two month break in the fall, and it was timely. Take good care! I hope we can make plans to get together in February when I'm in your valley.

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  20. Will definitely miss your posts during your sabbatical, but totally get it! Enjoy!

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  21. We will miss you! But hope you will pop by to say hello from time to time. :) Have a great break from the keyboard!

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  22. Hi Front Porch. We would even get a peak into your back porch from time to time. We open your door every morning and will certainly miss you. Love you. Prayers!! M

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  23. Judy, your posts will be missed .. but I understand ... May your 'sabbatical' be one of restoration.
    But there will be no sabbatical in terms of friendship !! and for that I am thankful ! you will be in my prayers as you know !!

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  24. We will miss your posts but do hope that your break will be restful. All the best for 2014 Judy!

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  25. Will miss you and your photos!!!! Hurry back!!!!
    Happy New Year

    Hugs!

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  26. I can understand needing a break, Judy. It has been challenging for me to keep up with my blog as I am a full time grandchild caretaker most days. I miss it though, when I don't blog, and I think you will also. Enjoy your break and I hope you'll continue to visit me from time to time!

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  27. I can understand needing a break, Judy. It has been challenging for me to keep up with my blog as I am a full time grandchild caretaker most days. I miss it though, when I don't blog, and I think you will also. Enjoy your break and I hope you'll continue to visit me from time to time!

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  28. I have so enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your beautiful photos. Enjoy your time off!

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  29. I'm coming back and you're leaving! Enjoy your break. I will miss you!

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