what a year 2009 was.  i think the best word to describe it would be change.  i’m usually not one to go looking for change, but, looking back, i can see how it was good, for the whole family. 

 i started back to school and my oldest daughter started college (weird!).  we found a wonderful new church home that everyone can get involved in.  i lost 25 lbs!  didn’t set out to, but running has always been a good stress reliever for me.  plus, that new treadmill just makes it too easy (okay…not really).

as i look down the road to 2010, i sense a lot more changes coming my way.  if i let myself dwell on it, i’ll start to worry which gets me nowhere.  instead, i’ve found that the best way to take it all is one day at a time.  it’s something that i’m still working at, but when i’m able to keep my focus on what is in front of me, i breathe a lot easier.

as i was sitting here, pondering all of this, a piece of Scripture came to mind:

“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 like how matthew henry’s commentary elaborated on this:

we often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never at an uncertainty. we are sometimes ready to fear that God’s designs are all against us; but as to His own people, even that which seems evil, is for good. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, or the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith; the end He has promised, which will be the best for them. when the Lord pours out an especial spirit of prayer, it is a good sign that He is coming toward us in mercy. promises are given to quicken and encourage prayer. He never said, Seek ye Me in vain.

thus far, 2010 has been a busy one (big surprise!).  tonight, i start back to classes…and it’s snowing like crazy outside.  *sigh*  the good news is that i was able to complete the center part of my new beginnings quilt over break!   

i finished up x-ing all of those little squares on december 31st.  now, onto the border.  i’m so anxious to get this quilt onto our bed.  it’s so bright and fresh…exactly what we need to get through the dreaded january.

wishing you all a wonderful and bright 2010. 🙂


13 thoughts on “2009

  1. I just wanted to comment on how beautiful your quilt is and that I especially love that you have hand quilted it. As busy as your life seems, all those tiny stitches just make your quilt even more special.

  2. Your quilting looks incredible!! What a fabulous quilt to have on your bed. I hope the borders go well! I like Matthew Henry too – lots of insight there.

  3. Wow, what a gorgeous quilt. Would you mind giving me the information so I could buy this book. Vintage quilts are my absolute favorite quilts. You’ve done an amazing job.

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