Monday, January 3, 2011

It's a New Day er I mean Year

Happy New Year Everyone ♥ Can you even believe it's January and 2010 is GONE!?!?!

WE had such a great week with my Honey at home and the kids out of school. Spent time with Rylee, Got to go see my Nana and eat at one of the best chili houses in America!! Fred & Reds is a TINY whole in the wall restaraunt. It has a U shaped barstool seating that holds about 10 on the sides and 6 across the end. When you walk in, you scan the bar to see who looks close to being done and you literally stand behind them til they are done and get up. If you walk in with a group, don't count on sitting together because the chances are very unlikely that you will! At times you will run into nice people who notice you are with someone and might just offer to scoot down one or two depending on how many are in your group and how many just got up! But the FOOD!! OH my! Spaghetti Red ~ Spaghetti or some may know it as "three way" spaghetti with chili! YUM! The restaurant started in 1923 but moved to its current location back in 1943 and hasn't changed much since then! When either of my parents would go home to visit their parents we would almost ALWAYS end up in Joplin having lunch @ Fred & Reds! So of course, in honor of my Daddy we had to go! My 90 yr. old nana sat up @ the bar, had herself a burger and enjoyed it as much as we did. I can remember going with her parents ~ My wonderful and oh how I miss them ~ Great grandparents "Mama Fay and Floyd" Truly, I have been going since I was a just a wee one ;) It brings such wonderful memories and the food well, it is DIVINE!

We got all our decorations taken down and the Christmas lights will be off the house today. We went to a movie, shopped (had to spend some of the gift cards ya know!) slept in, stayed up late! We "raced into the New Year" on New Years Eve. As the week ended and the year came to a close, we spent some time reflecting on this past year and sharing our hearts with one another as we look ahead to what God has in store for 2011.

Yes, I could share a long list of Resolutions.....but in the end it really isn't what I want to accomplish. It is what God wants to accomplish through me. So as we begin this year I pray that all I do will bring Glory & Honor to the Lord. That no matter what, in my trials and in my victories, they were God ordained. As Jesus said in Matthew 26 beginning in V.24

Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

"Don't be in such a hurry to go into business for yourself. Before you know it the Son of Man will arrive with all the splendor of his Father, accompanied by an army of angels. You'll get everything you have coming to you, a personal gift. This isn't pie in the sky by and by. Some of you standing here are going to see it take place, see the Son of Man in kingdom glory.

Bless you all my Friends! Happy New Year ~ I can't wait to see what God has in Store!