On the last day of each year I like to take some time to remember and reflect on the past year - to give thanks and celebrate all the good things that happened and to continue to pray for difficult situations - knowing, through it all, that God is good and faithful and, since He never changes, will be there for me and my family and friends in the future, just like He was this year. It is a good faith-building exercise to look back and see God's grace and mercy throughout the year. As a scrapbooker, I am a good "rememberer" - I notice (and photograph) of so many details of my life - it helps make life a celebration of both the big and little things that happen - otherwise, this past year would be a giant blur!
I made this little movie once again with the highlights of the year...
I get teary when I watch it - I cherish the friends I've traveled with, the friends I've met and caught up with at classes, the family that is always there - I'm humbled by the blessings of it. I would never have dreamed that I would get to do the things I've done and 100% of the credit goes to God.
I like to look back through my planner before I get the new one ready to go tomorrow and count the days I spent around the world:
- 14 days in California
- 14 days in Arizona
- 29 days in Paris
- 9 days in England
- 7 days in Israel
- 7 days in Texas
- 23 days in Florida
- 40 days in Italy!
I was honored to teach at thirteen stores or venues this year with classes in Iowa for the first time, two cities in Italy and one in France and one in Israel for the first time.
I loved having two groups of ladies travel with me this year to Paris and to Rome, Florence, and Venice.
Both of our kids stayed where they live this year - Jeremy and Becca in Melbourne, Florida, and Brandon in Pittsburgh, PA. We're so thankful that both boys and Becca have good jobs and are healthy and doing well. I'm so thankful that we got to be together as a family three times this year! That's a record!
I'm thankful for my husband who continues to cheer me on and support all my travels (and gets to go some pretty cool places with me!) and helps me pack the class kits and ship the boxes and all.
I'm thankful for the love and prayers of my mom and dad and that they are healthy and happy!
I'm so thankful for every person who takes a class or buys a class kit... I hope I've inspired my students to create and record their stories.
I'm humbled by every person who trusts their travel plans to me and shares our adventures together.
Most of all, I'm thankful for God's leading and His love - It's been a super good year, but even with all the great things, there is still heartache and lots of prayers that are prayed for family and friends who are going through really hard times. Their stories aren't mine to tell, but I am confident that God is working and knows what they need.
I hope you have a safe and happy new year - with much love, Debby