Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A memorable New Year celebration...


We celebrated the New Year by visiting new kindred spirits! A blogger family invited us to their home for New Years eve, and we were able to celebrate together!! It was so nice to meet them, and hope it won't be too long until we see their dear family again!
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Themed in the Regency period, we were able to dance a few dances from the era, and had so much fun! We taught them a dance as well, and it was nice that all the parents, sisters & brothers participated as well!
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Sisters
After we had refreshments, we all gathered into one of the rooms to play card games, sing & play guitar as we counted down the time until the 12th hour!
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I loved the dresses!

After celebrating the New Year (Greetings, 2010!), We all continued in edifying fellowship--It's always a blessing to be together with like-minded families!!

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New Years Morning

Aprons and scribbles

While we (the ladies) prepared breakfast, our parents were able to engage in wonderful fellowship...

Mothers discussing Homeschooling :)

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After Breakfast, we trekked through the woods, in search of the lake...

Exploring

"The shady trees cover him with their shadow;
the willows of the brook compass him about. " Job 40:22

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Perspective from the fishing dock...

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"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,

as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14

As a parting gift, I gave the family this oil lamp--Their gracious hospitality was a delight! We stayed until that afternoon, and it truly was a lovely time!


I'll try to post again in the next day or two :) Well, last year was certainly a blessing (especially being able to move out to the country), and I look forward to what the Lord has in store for 2010!

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How did you celebrate the New Year? (I'd love to know!)


23 comments:

gail said...

Lovely to read of your New Years Eve celebrations Mia. I do enjoy reading your news. We had a quiet evening in as my elderly Dad was staying with us. We to have just moved to a home in the country. We are blessed with 2.5 acres of very rich soil. I admire the life you are living.
Blessing Gail

Jenna said...

We actually didn't do anything this year, except for recover from sickness...

Your day looked/sounds delightful - I'm glad that you were blessed with such fellowship!

Blessings,
Jenna

Regan Family Farm said...

Happy New Year to you and your sweet family...sounds like such a blessed time. Like Jenna said, we recovered from illness, but I do hope to celebrate by purchasing a cover for my lamp base. Who knows? Maybe we will actually use it!
Love,
Mrs. Regan

Sami said...

It was so fun to spend the New Year with you! It was good to finally meet you and your family and we so can't wait to see y'all again! Soon...
Luv ya!
Sami

maria said...

Mia,

What a wonderful time! It is such a blessing when the Lord places kindred spirits in you path ;-)

Have a wonderful and blessed 2010!

maria

The Girl in the Pink Dress said...

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE all your clothes?
I'm so glad you all had a nice time together- it's wonderful to meet and get together with kindred spirits!
Nice oil lamp- I love it when I see one sitting in a window or on a kitchen table.
For New Years DH and I went to a family get together, then got stuck in a blizzard! So we had to stay over night. *smile* It happens quite a bit up here in Canada- that's why we keep blankets and extra clothes in the car! Hope you have a wonderful week!
The Girl in the Pink Dress

Sarah said...

Hello Mia!

I LOVE your blog and the way you and your family live. Your clothes are GREAT, and if you ever want to give any away... I'll take them!!!

Sounds like you and your family had a great time! I just recently got most of my siblings to learn the salty dog rag with me. And would love to learn more dances! (I found the instructions here: http://oldsouthballs.blogspot.com/)

If you know any sites/blogs that I could look at I'd love to know!

Me and my 11 person family traveled to our friends house an hour away for New Years. The dad is a pastor and their church was having a gospel quartet to sing the New Year in. They were really good! Then we snacked and had more singing and then a good sermon as it turned 2010!

We then visited for another hour, and spent 2 nights at our friends house eating and playing games, and just fellowshiping! We had such a good time!!

Sarah G.

elle-maree said...

It appears that both families had a lovely beginning to the New Year. My family and I stayed at home and watched a movie and played uno. It was nice and simple the way I like it. Have a blessed year.

Ginny said...

Mia,
What a delightful way to usher in the new year. We went to a friends house and ate and played games. Intended to go home shortly after midnight but stayed for another game of spinner ( a domino's game)
so went home at 3:30a m.
Always good to spend time with good friends.
Happy New Year to you and the people who read you blog. Just love
the blog and your family life.
ginny

Kristen said...

Happy New Year, Mia!

Me and my boyfriend went out to eat with his parents, then came home and watched a Murder She Wrote marathon before the ball dropped... then I sent him home for the night lol.

I'm glad ya'll had such a lovely time celebrating!

~ Judy ~ said...

We enjoyed a BIG TREAT of Shrimp Cocktail together...and played some of our new games that the kids got for Christmas :)
At midnight, we shared in our annual family traditions which are:

1)to pray our first "OUR FATHER" together as a family in the New Year

and

2) Call our married children and our parents to wish them God's blessings and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May God bless YOU and YOUR FAMILY in this new year Mia...and may you receive as much JOY as you give to all of us!

Anonymous said...

mia, omg i love reading your entries, you seem like such a peaceful kind person and your family is so cute . wishing you all the best from california.

Bb Vawser said...

Glad to know that your family enjoyed the New Year with my wonderful family! I have been told that when my DH and I fly down in March that your family will be invited down to their place. That will be so nice...I have long since wanted to meet y'all.
For our new year, my family-in-love and I went to a masquerade ball. It was fun.
May you and your family be blessed this coming year!
Love,
BbVawser
P.S. I wanted to say thank you for the fellowship and new friendship that you have blessed my family with. They all enjoyed meeting y'all and Samantha told me that you and your sister were her new best friends. That made me smile. I am looking forward to perhaps meeting you in March.

Emily said...

Happy New Year to you! It has been a joy to catch up on your blog and see all your happenings! What a beautiful gift you gave. I love oil lamps! It looks like was a wonderful New Years!

Happy New Year to you and wishing you a blessed year ahead!

Anonymous said...

Mia,
I am Bb Vawser's mother-in-law from Idaho. Bb showd me your blog and it brought tears to my eyes to see yet another family who are trying to live for God in every area of their life. I went to bed last night thanking God in my prayers for your family and the encouragement you are to so many people. Even though I have never met you, I feel as though I know you. Out West it is hard to find families like yours. I get my boost in the arm by reading other blogs. Hope to meet you someday. I know that both my sons will meet you in March when they come to Georgia to visit.
God bless,
Mrs. Vawser

Fiddlin Girl said...

Hi Mia!!

Sounds like you had a fun and blessed New years!! We were able to celebrate with some very good friends of ours and really enjoyed the fellowship and encouraging conversations. :)

Best to you in 2010!!

Sarah

Anonymous said...

Mia - love, love your blog and your family's mission statement - such an inspiration. I was wondering where you find your beautiful oil lamps? Keep an eye open at the thrift store? There are hard to find here in Texas - maybe people are catching on and buying them up!

Aunt B said...

Mia,
I want to wish you a Happy New Year. I have enjoyed your blog this pasy year and look forward to your new ones.

Friday night, I decided that I wanted to wear dresses and dress like a lady, mainly from what I found in the Bible. As for me, I am convicted this is the way the Lord wants me to go. I wore dresses for years but in the last 7years I got away from it.
May the Lord richly bless you in the coming year.

Lovingly
Aunt B

marco_dons said...

Hi there,

I just found your wonderful blog just now and I must say I LOVE it.It's amazing, I finally am able to be on the computer since for a long period we where having problems with it and as soon as I started browsing I foud your lovely blog.
My name is Monique and I live in a small, historical town in the Netherlands. I used to have a garden for vegetables but when I started working full time we sadly didn’t have the time( also because it’s on the other side of town) to keep it. But I’m now always looking for ways to live a more frugal and self sufficient life so I started browsing on the internet. Your blog is really amazing. And now I’m going to read some more from your blog.
Have a lovely day.
Monique.

monique said...

sorry, it 's still on my sons name.I must change that.

Kendrabelle Logan said...

You've been awarded on Carpe Diem!

~Kendrabelle

SmithFamily said...

Hello Mia! It was such a joy to meet you and your family on Sunday! I have been enjoying reading through your blog.
I hope we can see y'all again soon,
Bethany

Samantha said...

Hi Mia! I've been following your blog for a while now (found it off Simplyvintagesgirl's blog)and have to say that it quickly became one of my favorite blogs. :D Looking forward to more post!

Most of my family stayed home for new years. New years eve my brother went sledding with some friends and spent the night while the rest of us (there are 14 people in my family), stayed home and enjoyed staying WARM! We had a snacky type dinner with just fingerfoods mostly, and just had a good time!

In CHRIST Alone,
~Samantha~