Saturday 31 December 2011

A Clean Slate

As the old year fades to the new, I look back on a year of great changes. February brought us adoption day and four dear children became my grandchildren!  I can't even imagine them not being part of my life and I'm thankful, everyday, for the gift of seven truly lovable grandkids.  I'm learning to cook big batch again and I'm kind of liking the hustle and bustle of a big family.  I grew up in one and it feels comfortable to me.

My sister and business partner had some health issues and decided she couldn't keep up the pace of a decorating firm any longer.  That has led me to some tough decisions and an experiment in managing, financially, while taking on fewer projects.  Not doing so great on that one!

I started this blog and a world of friends and ideas opened up to me.  I've stretched to learn computer skills and photography.  Maybe the photography isn't coming along as I'd like and my poor, ancient 3.5 pixel camera is completely inadequate for the job but I know I'll get there if I keep on trying.

I love this quote from Anne of Green Gables:

  Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

The "yet" tagged on the end is the important part.  Sure, I will make mistakes but I'll know that tomorrow will bring a clean slate and I can start all over again.

Our family has struggled with my eldest daughter's medical condition these past two months and she is improving every day.  We did what good families do and pulled together to do whatever she needed.  We've seen how loving and caring people are and how much they will give in times of trouble.  It isn't the good times that do the most teaching, it's the tough ones that make you grow.

As I enter 2012 ~

I'll hold the words of St. Francis of Assisi in my heart:

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible!

Whatever your starting point on January 1, 2012, I wish you all a world of possibilities!  Happy New Year dear friends!

Images compliments of                               The Graphics Fairy


  1. Happy New Year to you's the little things that get us through the tough times I think and having a great family is one of them.

  2. Love that last quote, how wonderful it would be to acheive the impossible once in a while.
    Happy New Year from Normandy!

  3. Yes ! Each day is a new day , make the most of it !

  4. What great and positive thoughts for the new year, here's to 2012!

  5. I'm taking my own advice and starting with what needs to be done before I move on to the possible. I've started on the kitchen ceiling repair and I'm steeling myself for refreshing the rest of the room. Yikes!

  6. What a thoughtful post Maureen. Yes, I will make mistakes but tomorrow I will be given a chance to start again. I'm thankful to God that we have new days.

    Happy New year dear friend. Some day I will drink port with you and Wendy. Till then, cheers to a great year, good health and friends.


  7. What a beautiful, thoughtful post.

    Clean slates are the best starting point!

    I tried to sign up as a follower but blogger is being cranky this morning!

  8. Dang that Blogger! I would love to have you with me Jenny. ~ Maureen