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Crowning the Year

Well, it’s been a long time since I last did a post – life has just been too busy! And as all the happenings happen, my garden is beginning to thrive – I even have my first hollyhocks!

We’ve had a house full of visitors staying – still have 18 here at the moment. Christmas was a wonderful celebration of God’s gift of the Saviour with family. On the 30th we had Kate’s 21st party – Chris did a lamb on the spit ( a long process on his home made spit – but the lamb was delicious!) 

We had the dinner here with lots of people managing to fit in the house…we had planned to have an outdoor party but the weather was somewhat against us! It was a ‘green party’ and the house was filled with a colourful array of people dressed in green. Jacob spray painted his hair for the occasion. 🙂

Later he even grew a green moustache!

Ellie made a spectacular cake for Kate!

After dinner we all migrated down to the small country hall near our house for dessert , speeches and a dance. 🙂 Headed back to the house for a swim in the pool before midnight – the horizon lighting up with the approaching electrical storm.

It hit us at 4am with the most enormous thunderclap – I woke up with a start thinking that someone big had fallen out of bed. 🙂 (Chris and I were sleeping on the floor in our office) We had the most spectacular lightening display and some of the loudest thunder I’ve heard for years. Chris got up to check on the animals because of the heavy rain, and also Peony who I was sure would decide to foal in the middle of it all. Thankfully, she didn’t! We’re still waiting!!

On New year’s Eve we had a whole lot of people out …Chris lit a huge bonfire; we sat around it and sang for a while; lots of card games inside the house, and of course the making of Ollie bollen – dutch doughnuts. We did the big count down to midnight lined up around the pool and everyone jumped in on the stroke of 12. 🙂 Fun.

In Psalm 65 it says, “You have crowned the year with Your goodness.”

May 2012 be a year crowned with God’s blessing; full of hope, comfort and joy. None of us know what this new year will hold, but we can all face it with the confidence that the Lord will be with us every step of the way. Surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives. Hallelujah.

3 January 2012 

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