Hey Friends ~
Happy almost New Year’s from our home to yours!
True confession: I love celebrating the New Year!
For many years, our family got together on New Years Eve with two other families – the Brown’s & the Morton’s – and we loved it! (Pic below – Sally Brown, me with NY tattoo, and Jill Morton) But then Jill and her family moved to Minnesota. Big tears. 🙁
Then we tried a new “family-friendly” tradition. We had a blast! We spent 3 days as a family (minus my eldest son Jake – boo) at the Double J Resort in Rothbury, Michigan. Here are a few photo highlights…
We also celebrate with our special New Years Day family tradition.
I bring out markers and paper, and then each family member draws two pictures.
The first picture is a note reflecting on things for which we want to say “Thank You” to God.
For example, here is my picture from 2002…
Here’s a fun example from my son Jake (shared with his permission). Jake is now 18, but here’s his Thank You for 2002…. 🙂
For example, this is Benj’s paper for 2009….
When I pulled out John’s paper (I keep them all in a special New Years tub) ~ I gasped out loud.
God answered every single item on his list (and they were big prayers!).
For my New Years Day prayers in 2012, it included prayers for my Red Hot Bible study. My exact words, “retreat, book, ministry, open huge doors, ministry opportunities, spread Truth around the world.”
As you know, Red Hot Faith was released in 2013! Yay God!
So that’s our family’s favorite New Years Day tradition! What about for you? Do you have a special New Years tradition? Share with us please! I’d love to hear from you! 🙂