Wednesday, January 1, 2020

December ~ and so ends another decade

Roses in December.

They were a bright spot on foggy mornings 
and reminded me of the old Christmas carol we used to sing...
'Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming'.

December is always a good time for getting together with family and friends.
A highlight over the past dozen or so years is a MGCC Christmas party.
Julie hosted us this year...
a delightful evening with a wonderful group of friends.

Ellen drove many hours from eastern Washington for the evening.  We had a good laugh when we noticed that we were dressed like twins once again. I found a photo from a few years ago where we also showed up in similar outfits.

Our small group from church always has a Christmas party of some sort...
and this year it was at our place. 
It seems we have dealt with a lot of hardships in this group over the past year...
but this was one evening when we put our cares aside and 'made merry'.
Laughter is the best medicine!

I had company in the house this December.
Elmer had surgery on his right wrist at the beginning of the month (wrist fusion)...
and couldn't do much of anything besides read and watch TV for the first while.  
I was his 'right-hand man'.
He is on his second cast, back to driving now and looking forward to having a pain-free and functional wrist again.

Dad had a bout of pneumonia just before Christmas...
and we weren't sure if he would be up to going out at Christmas.
He was able to join us on Christmas Eve...
and quite thrilled with his new Rosevale Farms cap.

On Christmas morning we had brunch...

and opened gifts.

Ranen and Micah played us some lovely Christmas tunes on their violins.
What a gift!

Unbeknownst to them...
my friend painted up some lovely portraits of Emme and Spencer from photos that I sent her.
They unwrapped them on Christmas Day.
Did she not do a great job?

Boxing Day was a snow day.
Not at our place...

...but after a 45 minute drive to Chilliwack Lake we found plenty of snow.

It was a great place to build a snowman...

...but not quite so good for having a picnic.

We opted to have a tailgate lunch!

I had planned to do a year-end blog post...
but since my computer is 'on the fritz' right now and my photos are inaccessible..

I will just add a collage of a few reminders of the happenings of 2019.

As the sun sets on another year...
I am thankful to God for His faithfulness.

How reassuring to know that He holds 2020 in His hands.

Thanks for all the visits and comments throughout the year.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year Judy.
    Your wander thrpugh December was lovely.

  2. In spite of trials and troubles, it was a beautiful year. Your grandchildren are beautiful and talented. So glad that your dad was able to join you for Christmas Eve. Glad, too, that Elmer is doing so well post surgery. You were a good nurse. A very blessed and happy 2020 to you and yours!

  3. Happy New Year, Judy! Your Christmas celebrations sound just right! Your friend did a great job of the twins' portraits. I hope Elmer continues to heal well. I also hope the computer woes are quickly solved.

  4. Oh, how I love your life and your every post.

  5. Love everything from the beautiful, fun brunch table to the tail gate picnic! A wonderful year end ... and now we are into a new year! So glad we can share the joys and hardships along the way. May God guide and bless you and yours.

  6. Each one of your celebrations was lovely! I so enjoy reading your blog, Judy. Looking forward to your 2020 posts.

  7. Happy New Year to you and yours! I loved seeing the Christmas gatherings and especially the brunch with your dear ones. I think brunches are awesome! Glad to hear that Elmer's wrist is healing and that you were able to be his right wrist man :). The first picture of the roses in the fog is stunning. Here's to a wonderful 2020 and many blessings in the coming decade.

  8. I'm so behind these days but happy to tune in after the fact and remember all the good things that happened in December. The paintings really are quite special of the twins. Looking forward to see how we decide to dress next Christmas if the Lord tarries...
    Your family gatherings looked epic. Love the hats! I'll officially wish you and your family a Happy 2020 here on your blog!

  9. Catching up after a hectic December and being way a week in January.

    I'm glad to see Elmer was doing well after his wrist surgery and I hope he has continued to improve. I also hope your computer problems have been fixed. It is always a disappointment when a computer has problems. They are such a big investment!
    LOvely family photos from your Christmas celebration. May 2020 bring good health and many blessings!


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