Sunday, December 30, 2012

Goodbye Christmas...Hello New Year!

As I say goodbye to yet another Christmas, I look forward to the new year with great anticipation!
I think of all the people and comforts of life that I am grateful for. When I think of Christmas past and all the things I thought I wanted or needed, I quickly realize the True Spirit of Christmas. Yes we have all heard this before but if you are still on the edge, know that it is the family and friends that surround you that make it all worth while. Trinkets and toys come and go but the people who love you are the gifts you want to cherish, the gifts you never want to return. 
Our family has lost a hero this year, my father in law passed in February! Somehow Christmas will never be the same, yet his message of love and kindness lives on in each and everyone of us that knew him. 
For sure I know, that for me, my hubby, children, grand-babies, family and friends are my treasured and most precious gifts! They are gifts that keep on giving. New beginnings are in the air, I embrace each blessing and challenge that comes my way! In the New Year, grant me the gratitude to realize, the tolerance to endure, the patience to wait, the acceptance to understand, please sprinkle them all with a dose of love and peace, may the world become a kinder place!

Below are a few quotes that I have recently found, I hope you enjoy them as well: 

"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." 

~Denis Waitley~ 

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." 
~William Jennings Bryan~ 

"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."
~George Lorimer~ 

"Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today."
~Robert H. Schuller~ 

"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery~ 

"There is nothing in your destiny, nothing in your future that you cannot accomplish." 
~Larry King~

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
~Mark Twain

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Barb Brookbank said...

Everything you wrote here is so true - it's all about the people. I'm sorry for your loss of your father-in-law. Your photo is awesome - I love the selective colouring.

The Artful Diva said...

Great photo and quotes too. Best wishes for a joyous, peace-filled and creative New Year!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful photo, rosemary. love the selective coloration.

great big bunch of gratitude and love you served up, too. blessings to you and yours...

hootnonny said...


Happy New Year, Rosemary!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful post ~ sorry about losing your father-in-law ~ not easy ~

Your photo is very creative and wonderful! ~ Happy New Year to you ~

(A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

Anonymous said...

What a lovely setting on your porch... love all the quotes you've found, especially the one by Mark Twain. Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #63!

Deanna said...

Your post is so filled with what is really important in life, family & friends. No things can ever replace those. Happy New Year, Rosemary, many blessings to you in 2013!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful selective color image!

Many blessings to be thankful for here, too... God bless =)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Amen to the world becoming a kinder place! You encapsulated so well the important things in life. My mom passed in Feb also and I had to stop blogging at that point, so I didn't know your FIL had passed. I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you a wonderful 2013 and a heartfelt thanks for being my blogging friend.

Ruth said...

Wishing you a happy 2013, it is challenging to move forward when we have lost loved ones, I am glad you have many happy memories to keep you warm :)

Sharon Wagner said...

What a beautiful photo and inspiring quotes to go with it. My favorite quote of the year is "Fail Forward" Happy New Year!

Pride In Photos said...

Friend, just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Years and many blessings in the future.

vicki said...

Rosemary-- what a gorgeous picture!!!

I'm sending you my love and best wishes as we enter into this bright new year-- may you be blessed. Happy New Year my friend--


Nancy Claeys said...

What a lovely image -- perfection.

You have your priorities in place, that's obvious.

Happy New Year to you.

Debbie said...

I have a book, compiled with my favorites! The bike is beautiful.....I am a die hard, casual rider!!

Linda/patchwork said...

A lovely photo, well chosen quotes...a very good post, all around.

It is hard, when we lose someone dear to us. Time really does help.

Here's hoping you have a healthy, happy New Year!

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Lisa Gordon said...

Just my opinion, Rosemary, but I think this photograph is one of your very best. It is just beautiful, and you made such wonderful use of selective color.

I feel so fortunate to have met you here. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I wish you a very Happy New Year.


Minoru Saito said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year.
I feel sorry for your loss of your father in law.

Farida said...

Happy New Year to you too, Ms Rosemary! The spirit of Christmas is certainly found on relationships and not on material things and may our good Lord be always be there to guide us through our lives.

Thank you for being one of my virtual friends. I appreciate your every visit and I enjoy visiting your refreshing site at all times. *warm hug

Lynn Cohen said...

A beauty this photo ... Loving tribute to your father in law. Hugs!

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