Wednesday, December 31, 2014

the year that was...

As the sun sets on 2014...
let me gather a few memories of the 'year that was'.


We had springlike January...
one that had us hiking the local trails rather than shoveling snow!

Valentine's Day was celebrated with a grand chocolate fondue!


March found us in our favorite oasis in the desert. 

April ~ Easter.
Eggs, treasure hunts, paska, daffodils.

And above all...
a risen Savior.

The merry, merry month of May...
was mostly about making 'hay' and planting the crops.

June brought showers, flowers, rainbows...
and a trip to Barkerville with friends. 


Highlights of July included ...
picnics, bike rides,  camping trips with the grands, and a family reunion in Manitoba.

We began August at Halcyon Hot Springs in BC's Kootenay Rockies...
and spent the rest of the month close to home...
taking care of business.

We celebrated his milestone birthday on September 11th by hiking the Grouse Grind.

We also enjoyed a wonderful little RV getaway to Vancouver Island's west coast...
early in the month.

And on the farm...
the bumper crop of corn came off the fields.

October ~ a quick trip to Whistler gave us our fix of fall colour.

we watched the sun set and the moon rise over the palm trees of  Palm Springs.

It began with picture perfect winter weather..

...and left us with memories of Christmas
...and family gathered together.

It ended with frigid temperatures...
creating beautiful snow-capped peaks all around.

A year of the good and the bad...
the everyday and the extra-ordinary...
the easy and the difficult...
the beautiful and the ugly...
the peaks and the valleys.
That is life!

As the year comes to a close...
I thank God for His faithfulness.
His mercies are new every morning.
Though I know not what tomorrow may hold...
I know He holds tomorrow!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.


  1. What great memories 2014 has brought you. Happy New Year! Looking forward to the blessings of 2015.

  2. Thanking God with you Judy! Another amazing year that God has brought us through. So much beauty to enjoy in your back yard and in your travels!

  3. Beautiful year of remembrance Judy! Wishing you and your lovely family a very Happy New Year 2015!!

  4. Such a lovely recap of 2014. There is much to be thankful for. God is good. We enjoyed the beautiful cold, but clear views of the mountains. Back on our island now. Wishing you and your family a most wonderful and blessed 2015.

  5. Your year was beautiful and blessed. I think you are so smart to make monthly collages. Can't wait to see what next year has in store for you sweet people!

  6. Lovely to see your year in review. Always fun to see the grands and how they grow and grow and grow. October in Whistler was especially beautiful. Yes, the ups and downs, ins and outs, joys and sorrow...pretty much the way of it. You stay busy now!

  7. I sure always enjoy your reviews of what was and see in it a hope for a future filled with faith and trust and knowing that God has it all in the palm of hand!

  8. A very lovely review of your year, Judy. The collage of your Valentine's Day is so colorful and fun. Makes me think I need to start making more of a celebration out of that holiday. I just shared the Whistler shot with Brett and we had a brief remembrance of our visit there. It is especially beautiful in it's fall finery.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead.

  9. This truly is a great way to review your year. Surprising how many things you fit into this past year. I can only imagine with the beginning of another will plan more adventures and more celebrations. A game of tennis is sounding good by now?

  10. Judy, your beautiful photos tell a lot about your year and all your travels and family times. It's nice to look back and also to look ahead to what may come in this new year. Blessings to you. Pam

  11. That looks like a year full of God's great Blessings. I sure do love that picture in Whistler Village! The colour of those trees looks amazing. Best wishes for a wonder 2015 Judy.

  12. Your year was filled to the brim ... be it mountains or valleys ... even with just an overview! Love how you make the most of life on the farm and away from it! Beautiful views from the backyard mountains to the palm trees in your favorite oasis. May the Lord continue to be your delight and give you the desires of your heart, my friend.

  13. What a year you had! You have given us such a lovely snapshot. I hope that 2015 is filled with family, travel and good food!

  14. Beautiful reflections Judy! I am hopeful that 2015 is filled with family, travel and good food too!

  15. Beautiful photos I can always count on here! Love the Whistler fall photo so much.

    Praying God's Best for you in 2015.


  16. I love your past year photo retrospectives, Judy. You always do such a nice job making them and narrating them. I hope 2015 will be a year of more ups than downs, good health and many blessings!
    Hugs, Pat

  17. Together my husband and I read through this post, and we once again concluded that you truly live in some of the most beautiful country in the world! Your photography is always exceptional! Every picture and the words from your heart, make this a wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing bits and pieces from your world and your thoughts. Looking forward to having you share whenever possible.

    Wishing you joy and blessings in this new year! Like the picture of the rainbow over the sky in your back yard, we agree with you, that no matter what, we know WHO holds tomorrow.

  18. I agree with Judy, I was struck after seeing so many lovely photos and know that your corner of the world is truly one of the nicest places to live. thanks for showing us the highlights of your year. I am looking for some inspiration and have found it just by looking at your photos. All the best for the year to come Judy!


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