Sunday, January 1, 2012

Brainstorming... New Years.

For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.
  ~T.S. Eliot

New beginnings...  I love the start of a new year.  

This past year has come with struggles and sorrows, as well as joy and unexpected successes.

I get to bring in the new year in one of the most beautiful places on earth (at least as far as I've seen) St.George Island. This place is like a little plot of paradise... it is never crowded, never busy... life just slows down and all there is to do is whatever you feel like doing.

Read a book, go for a walk, ride bikes down the island... 

Apalachicola is right over the bridge and the small town is just perfect, nothing commercial or touristy. It's the kind of place you just park wherever and leisurely stroll through quaint little shops ran by locals. I fell in love with the bookstore there this week. I can't believe I missed it before. It is in an old shop about the size of a bedroom and carries a small selection, but you can tell the women running it are just living their dream. 

The weather outside is sunny and warm at 75 degrees... Doesn't feel like New Year's Eve, but quiet reflection and a thoughtful mood 
has been tangible in the air today.   

A new year, a new chapter in the story. I have become a little more introverted in the past few months, relishing my alone time when I can get it. Growing and questioning a lot, but learning to be quietly accepting of certain things... realizing that sometimes that is the only choice there is.  

I have lists and goals and hopes for the coming 12 months,  but I am more excited about just moving forward and exploring the endless possibilities of this life.

I am thankful today. 

Thankful for the year past, and the year to come. Thankful for lessons learned, thankful for the words to express them. 

Thankful for another snuggle with the boys, a smile from my love.

Thankful that time moves on, and that no matter what we experience, this is not our eternity.

That even the best days here will never amount to the joy and beauty awaiting in Heaven with Christ.

hmmmm... feeling quite dreamy today... probably because I have had my head buried in books all week and my suppressed appetite for reading has been overly fed ;)

I heart vacation. 

Anyway, here is to a fantastic New Year!  :)