Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Cherishing The Good Moments

This Christmas hasn't been quite as planned - but it is important for me to remind myself that in amongst the sickness and sadness, there have been moments of real joy. Times when we have felt surrounded by love and care of friends and family. Moments when we have enjoyed the wonders of creation. Little things which make the days special. And often so good that we were too busy to take pictures. But here are a few

(1) Bob and Rosie looking at the fish at Urban Jungle, Norwich. A nursery/cafe where you eat lunch under huge plants and creepers, beside a pond full of carp - and outside wander among amazing vegetation. Sadly I have neither the space nor £600 to buy a massive olive tree(4), with its gnarled and twisting trunk.
Steph and Gaz brought Jeff & Jim the rabbits, and they played happily in the lounge for a few days.(3,5)
Boxing Day we drove out to Horsey to look at the hundreds of seals on the beach.(6,7)
On Christmas Eve, before the Midnight Carols, Bob and I shared a quiet Candlelit supper together.(2)The Holy Family (8) decorated the Christmas Cake as usual [the cake & icing taste much better than last year] And I hung up the seven family stockings down the Ferndown staircase (9) - then brought them over to Norfolk, where they were filled, and then unpacked on Christmas Afternoon. [next year I imagine that I shall have to make #8 for young Master Brotherton]
Rosie was very keen to paint her Paw Patrol Figure. These kits are always more complex than they appear, but Auntie Steph produced a set of better brushes. It took three of us, but "Sky" is just about recognisable! 
This has certainly been a roller coaster year - my illness in the Spring, a Summer of Ruby Celebrations, Bob's illness in October, the excitement of Steph's pregnancy, and the loss of 4 family members and a number of dear friends. (and I'm not even mentioning the mess that is British politics right now) 
But through it all, God has been with us, and I believe he will sustain us into this new decade. 
There's an old hymn which sums it up beautifully. 
"It's Jesus, the First and the Last, 
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home
We'll praise him for all that is past
And trust him for all that's to come" 

Christmas Jigsaw just completed [thank you Mary for lending me another one from your collection] 


  1. It was quite a roller coaster of a year for you, wasn't it? But, you made it through all that, with grace, humor, and a positive outlook. I wish you and yours all the best in the New Year. May it be a very happy New Year, filled with love, laughter, and many blessings.

  2. Happy New Year to you and yours and many more special moments and good health. x

  3. I wish you a happy new year. May it be blessed with many nice experiences and good health. Thank you for all your interesting and inspiring blog posts!

    1. Thank you Marit - and thank you for your interesting blog too

  4. Happy New Year!! May the year of 2020 be a year of many blessings for you and your family!

  5. Happy New Year, Angela! This year seemed to be a challenge for a lot of folks, I guess it was just “one of those years”. Hopefully 2020 will be calmer and more peaceful!


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