Friday, January 1, 2010


Now I know what "Once in a blue moon" means!
Cheers! Toasting the New Decade

The Count Down Begins--Getting ready to bang those pots!

Ringing, I mean Banging, in the New Year!
Ever since Bryan & I were little, our family has always banged pots on New Year's Eve.
Please don't ask me why? I really have no idea? Until recently, I thought everyone else did too!

Even Peter joined in the fun! Seniors (my mom) and Minors equally enjoyed the night!

Silly String Wars at Midnight


All the ingredients for a delight-filled New Year's Eve. A celebration of the culmination of an entire year lived: the laughter and copious amounts of tears, the highs and lows, the good times and bad--all without Bryan. But not without Hope.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I know, I know: out of context and written to another people in another time. But these words resonate in my hopeful heart tonight--written for me alone. So I am making them mine. Go ahead, call my theology into question--I don't care.

Bryan wrote a pithy poem for 2008--"2007 wasn't so fine, 2008 is gonna be great!" But that didn't turn out so well. I didn't ring in 2009 with smiles, pot banging, toasting and first kisses. In truth, I am not sorry to see it end. But this New Years Eve, my family and I united and purposed to choose joy and hope in the coming year. So instead of a perky cheer for 2010, I offer this prayer:

"When night comes, and retrospect shows that everything was patchwork and much that one had planned left undone, when so many things rouse shame and regret, then take all as is, lay it in God's hands, and offer it up to Him. In this way we will be able to rest in Him, actually to rest and to begin the new day like a new life."

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Starting 2010 out right with:

Trout Spread.
Belly Dancing.
Senior Citizens.
Dramatic Charades.
Brian Campbell. Enough said.
Reflection Questions.
Emotionally stunted.
Toasting with Sparkling Cider and many Minors.
The Prayer of Dedication for 2010.
A Blue Moon.
Pot Banging.
Neighborhood-waking Shouts.
Silly String Wars.
2010 is here.

It's a New Year! It starts with a new day--today! January 1, 2010! Hoping for a new song to sing in 2010! May the new year be filled with joy and peace for your family and mine!


Anonymous said...

Kelly...I did not go with Gerry and the girls to his brothers on the 26 th.,that is why I did not call you.We have all been pretty sick.Go figure...get sick during vacation!We are starting to feel a little better.Just in time to go back to work.Yeah...I will call you soon!Peace and Love.....Auntie Ingy

Anonymous said...

hi auntie! so sorry to hear that you have been so ill. we got it after christmas too. my dad told me you got a dreadful case! praying you are finally back to work. we were going to come on wed but he said to stay clear of your place :) we will try again soon. hugs and happy new decade to your family. love, kel

Anonymous said...

Kelly,I can remember my Mom doing the pots and pans thingie for New Years.I am pretty sure it was something we all did when we lived down the block from the Parkers in Huntington Beach.Another passed down tradition.Peace and Love.....Auntie Ingy

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