|Once above the clouds, the morning sunrise was enthralling to see!|
|We arrived at our first stop, and waited to board the next plane. While in line to board, |
the gate attendant announced that our flight had been cancelled!
|I found a window overlooking the bay, and enjoyed the beautiful view. People watching is always fun too, and we did some of that. I also walked the entire airport several times. Six hours passed pretty quickly for us, thankfully.|
|Finally we were on the plane to our next stop, and now, the sun was setting in the sky.|
|Beautiful doesn't really describe the scene outside our window as we traveled.|
|As we descended into Los Angeles, we could see the terribly destructive wildfires burning below us.|
|I soaked up the beauty of flowers blooming. The roses were stunning.|
|We went to visit my sister and her family. They treated us to the most amazing BBQ experience,|
at the Salt Lick BBQ. It is all you can eat BBQ, unlimited meats and sides!
|My nieces (2 and 4) showed me this gingerbread house that my mom helped|
them to decorate. The 2-year-old just helped herself to the candy on the house while we visited, lol!
|We enjoyed a magnificent sunset over the river one evening.|
|Texas-style mountains graced the horizon as we traveled to be with my husband's family.|
|This BBQ pit does not use plates, rather it uses large pieces of freezer paper |
on which you dump your meats and sides.
Plan to get a little messy as you eat, lol!
|Another beautiful sunset.|
|I helped my mother prepare for the large Christmas dinner she was putting on. |
I took pleasure in helping her set out her
finest china for the meal.
|Food just tastes better on china! We made sure our parents got their food first to honor and respect |
their efforts at hosting such a large gathering.
|My mother has had this china for 45 years, gifted to them at their wedding, and she has not ever had a piece broken! It is the Royal Albert Lavender Rose set, and it is in remarkable condition. We sipped King Cole orange pekoe tea.|
|Because our nieces enjoyed the tea party so much on Christmas Day, |
we planned another tea party a couple of days later.
|We kept it very simple, with ham salad sandwiches (made from leftover ham that was ground and mixed with mayo and dill pickle), icebox cookies, shortbread cookies, Mom's Boston Fruit Cake and other assorted chocolate snacks.|
|Mom was given the recipe for her fruit cake by an family friend many years ago, and it always|
graces her table at Christmastime. It is moist, delicious and just amazing!
|The next few days were busy for us after being gone for almost two weeks. There were storage building roofs that|
needed to be shoveled, and I couldn't wait to get outside and explore the snowy wonderland.
It is hard to believe that another year has come and passed so quickly. As I look back on the past year of 2017 and into this year of 2018, I know that every day with the Lord is special, blessed and in Him our hearts can rejoice regardless of what life circumstance we find ourselves in.
Whatever a day, a week, a month, or a year may hold,
when our hope is in Christ,
we can rest assured that we are safe in His care,
no matter what situations life drops in our pathway.
I look with anticipation into the days ahead, because as we walk day by day with Him, while the world around may be tumultuous and filled with uncertainty, despair, sadness and misery... and our own circumstances may at times mirror those things... still we can look up beyond this world, into His face, and be comforted in knowing that He sees it all, and nothing will befall us that He is not aware of, in control of, and working in us, and through us for our greater good.
I'm reminded of this verse today as I write this post, and I want to share it with you, praying that the everlasting goodness of our Lord will be with you, regardless of what life circumstance you may be encountering, or facing this year.
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.