It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 31, Book 17

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

 Robert Burns

Here we are on the verge of another year.  It’s the perfect day to reflect on the past year’s blessings and to set our hopes on those yet to come. 

New Year's Eve is filled with memories of the past for me. And I’ll never forget the many good times that were had with family and friends.  

Not only is it filled with memories but it is also filled with hopes for the New Year.  There is a feel of all things being made new in the air too.  

In the final month,
we often find magic in other people,
places and things.
As the year comes to an end,
open your heart and embrace
whatever may come you way.
Decide what you love
and what you want to leave behind
as you prepare to embark
on a new year of life.

Author Unknown
I relish the feeling of both saying good bye to an old year and welcoming in a new year at the same time.  We say good bye to old ways and hello to new possibilities.  This is a day to be amazed at God’s blessing and to know that even better things have yet to come!

So … Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

Ring out the old, ring in the new!


Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.     

Brad Paisley

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 30, Book 17

The past does not equal the future.

 Tony Robbins 

As we review the past year, it’s good to remember that for the good or bad these days were a part of our lives.  

We cannot change the past. but learn from it.  The future is not ours to see, but to plan for it. The present is what we have so we should enjoy it.

Choices are the hinges of destiny. 

Edwin Markham

The choices you make and the decisions you make have a long lasting impact on your life. We live with those choices for the rest of our lives and believe me when I say this, the rest of your life is a pretty long period. Whether you feel it immediately or not, your life is being shaped by the choices you are making in the present.

We can’t undo the past, but we can always learn from it. Choices are the building blocks of our lives and despite all the mistakes one makes, a new day brings with itself new opportunities and a whole new world of choices. 

The power of choice. You have it. But you forfeit it when you imagine that you can choose for others. You can't. But you can choose for yourself…

Harry Browne

Every choice you make today is also a choice for tomorrow.  You only have one life. And yet you always have lots of choices. About how you respond to what has happened to you in your life and what you do with it as a result. 

We can decide that our future can be bigger and better than our past.

You are in the driver's seat of your life and can point your life down any road you want to travel. You can go as fast or as slow as you want to go. . . . and you can change the road you're on at any time.

Jinger Heath

Friday, December 29, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 29, Book 17

The Chance for Change

The New Year brings the chance for change.
All of the things we can rearrange.
We start off fresh and eyes aglow.
We can make a new start is what we know.

We'll lose the weight, we say at last.
Trying to forget we've said that in the past.
I'll save some money is the new resolve
Anyone know what I'm speaking of?

More time with the kids, less time with TV.
This year I'm really going to work on me.
I'll tighten it up and get it in shape
My what a difference this year will make.

It's not really the resolution
That's not at all the real solution
It's not even the coming year
That will help you cut down on your beer.

The secret does not lie in January
The day of the year is not your adversary
The season does not make you pass or fail
You could do it in June just as well.

How many New Year's resolutions do we keep?
Most don't survive the second week.
If you want to succeed at whatever you say
You must make up your mind no matter what the day.

New Year or not, set your resolve
Show the world what you're made of
Set your goals and start them now
Get to pushing, get behind the plow.

You may not succeed at all the first time
You may fall off the wagon and get behind
The key is to try again, and try it soon
Whether it's January or whether it's June.

The chance for change is always there
As long as we're breathing God's precious air
Little is really out of your range
Just don't miss the chance, the chance for change.

Author Unknown

When a new year comes, there will always be changes.  Changes can be a tricky thing but when you put forth the effort they can be worthwhile.

It will be a new year, new stuff and a new you.  Nothing ever stays the same, so if we realize that change will happen we can better prepare ourselves for the future.

Change, like sunshine,
can be a friend or a foe,
a blessing or a curse,
a dawn or a dusk.

William Arthur Ward

Some changes come on their own and other times we are the ones that make the changes.  Change can be beneficial and sometimes it is needed.

Change always comes bearing gifts. 

Price Pritchett

Each moment contains a gift from God if we want to look for it. Change is good because you have the opportunity to embrace new experiences. Opportunities are plentiful. And without a doubt change makes you more flexible and adaptable.   

The hardest part about changing the new year is changing ourselves. We have to write each day differently than last year's days. If we do, we increase the chances we won't meet with last year's disappointments. 

Patricia Hickman

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 28, Book 17


The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. 

Melody Beattie
I’m making a list of goals for the new year.  Not resolutions, but goals.  A bucket list of things I’d like to do and things I’d like to try.  There is a do list that seemingly never ends, that sits on my desk every day, but this NEW Year list is of goals that hopefully will bring a better year.

If you're bored with life -- you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things -- you don't have enough goals. 

Lou Holtz

My favorite goal setting suggestion is to start a gratitude journal. Every day write down 3 things that you are grateful for. This will help you to focus, to be more mindful, and live with intention.

We all want more of what makes us happy and having a list that you keep every day helps us remember the important things in life…the things we want more of.

Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life. 

Les Brown

A Bucket List for the New Year:  

Remind People of how much the mean to me

Forgive people that have hurt me

Be the person I want to be

Hope More.  Even if the year that just ended was challenging, there’s a New Year full of hope which is about to start.

This is just the beginning of my list.  There will be more added before New Year’s Day.  I want 2018 to be the best year ever.

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto. 

W. Clement Stone

The goals I sat for last year are nothing but a blur at this point.  Nothing turned out as I’d planned or even dreamed about.  From the start of the year things took an unexpected turn but the fact is whether I’d planned for it or not another year happened and I’m still here.

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. 

Brian Tracy

All one can really do is to do the best we can with what we have and try to keep our faith and hope alive as each day comes and goes.  That is not to say we shouldn’t set goals.  They remind us that there will be better days ahead.

If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions. 

Og Mandino

The goals I’ve set won’t take place over night.  It may even take a whole year to pull some of them off.  But I'm like a turtle, slow but sure…

Word by word the big books are made. 

French Proverb

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 27, Book 17

Time for New Beginnings

Taylor Addison

This is a time for reflection as well as celebration.

As you look back on the past year and all that has take place in your life,

Remember each experience for the good that has come of it and for the knowledge you have gained.

Remember the efforts you have made and the goals you have reached.

Remember the love you have shared and the happiness you have brought.

Remember the laughter, the joy the hard work, and the tears.

And as you reflect on the past year, also be thinking of the new one to come,

Because most importantly, this is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of life.

It’s all too easy to settle into a routine and let the little things slide – like our happiness, health and overall sense of well being. Use the year’s end as an opportunity to check in with yourself about whether or not you’re really where you want to be in life and what you could be doing to start turning things around.

Everything ends. But there are always new beginnings.

Ralph Bellamy

Thinking about the coming new year may bring thoughts of hope for some but for others it brings a sense of dread.  

Hopeful people know a bad situation can turn into something wonderful in a matter of minutes.  On the other hand people who have lost all hope view life from a perspective of dread.  A close cousin to fear, dread steals the ability to enjoy life and makes people anxious about the future.

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. 

Author Unknown

Hope is the opposite of dread and a close relative of faith.  When we have faith, it leads to hope and our outlook on life and the future is positive.

Hope allows us to to remain in peace and enables us to believe the best about the days to come.

Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. 

Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 26, Book 17


Christmas day is the pleasantest day in the whole year. On that day we think tenderly of distant friends; we strive to forgive injuries—to close accounts with ourselves and the world—to begin the new year with a white leaf, and a trust that the chapter of life about to be written will contain more notable entries, a fairer sprinkling of good actions, fewer erasures made in blushes, and fewer ugly blots than some of the earlier ones. 

Alexander Smith

After Christmas Day the house turns quiet with thoughts turning to the new year.  The 12 Chapters of the year 2017 will soon come to an end.  Yet who knows what the remaining pages may contain.  The future is not ours to know. 

From now and through January 2018 I’m going to be ringing in the new year with some new thoughts and some old ones.  Hopefully some encouragement and smiles too.

Each page written here in this journal represents a day of my life and the thoughts I think.  The bits and pieces that I find to be worth keeping.  The sometimes bright and beautiful things I want to remember and maybe will mean something to you too.

It depends on us. . . Another year lies before us like an unwritten page, an unspent coin, an unwalked road.  How the pages will read, what treasures will be gained in exchange for time, or what we find along the way, will largely depend on us.

Esther Baldwin York

A bell is a good symbol to represent the new year. Bells emit a cheerful noise and are enjoyed in ringing out the old, ringing in the new.

Just like the holidays come and go before we know it, our lives also come and go before we know it.  Another year is is ending…ready or not…

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

T.S. Eliot 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 25, Book 17

My Christmas Wishes For You 

My Christmas wish for you, my friends and family
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of Laughter and happiness
to fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled the lot
May you find all you've been given
to be more that what you sought

May your journeys be short
your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all you clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold

May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year too…

Sent with love and hugs,


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 24, Book 17

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 24th

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Author Unknown

It’s Christmas Eve and the Last Sunday of Advent .  Today we untie the gift of Peace

No peace on earth without people of good will

Amanda Marteleur

Christmas is a celebration of love and joy and peace.  These are the greatest gifts we can ever give.  But they are often the most difficult, especially if we haven’t received them from others.

Peace is the first thing the angels sang.

Leo The Great

The song that the angels sang, on that night in the long ago.  When the heavens above with their music rang.  Till it echoed in the earth below...

All Glory in the Highest, Peace on earth, goodwill to men. 
Glory in the highest, Peace, good will to men; 
Glory in the Highest, Glory in the highest!

Family and personal relationships can cause conflict, turmoil and stress at any time, but the tensions are often heightened during the holidays.  Offer the gift of peace this Christmas by taking the first step.  One phone call or conversation may not make amends for years of hurt, but it is still the first step that needs to be taken by somebody.

 Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day.

Helen Steiner Rice

Just for today I will focus on being at peace…

For it isn’t enough to talk about peace.  One must believe it.  And it isn’t enough to believe it.  One must work at it.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 23, Book 17

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 23rd

What is important in a gift is the thought behind it, not the money spent on it.

There is no place like home for the holidays and family focused gifts may just fit the bill.

Today’s gift suggestion:

If your family doesn’t have and updated family tree, put one together and send it to every one in it’s branches.

Family, like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.  Each of our lives will always be a special part of the other’s.

Author Unknown

They say that genealogy is the 2nd most popular hobby in the United States these days.  Each family is unique, so why not celebrate your special family ties by creating a family tree.  

One way to compile a family history is to concentrate on veterans, whether from the American Revolutions or dos recent military  service.  

Put together a histy of each veteran, giving details of their service with accompanying documentation if you have it.  

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

Untie the Ribbons….

Friday, December 22, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 22, Book 17

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 22nd

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.

Johannes Gärtner

The most heartfelt gifts are the one that truly take us by surprise.  Thoughtful gifting doesn’t have to mean spending extra money or concocting an elaborate date.  It’s actually the seemingly simple action of being in sync with the people you love that provides the most heartwarming gifts and gestures.

today’s gift suggestion:  Gratitude

Write someone a letter of gratitude, then tuck it inside a book about gratitude.

 Give someone a gratitude journal so they can start their own gratitude practice.

Gratitude is a feeling that arises uncoerced in the heart. It cannot be willed into existence directly if it is not there. Gratitude is a feeling not an act of will power. And it is a good feeling. When it rises in our hearts, we like it. It is part of happiness, not misery. Gratitude is a form of delight.

Give your gratitude away. Share it. Wrap it in the form of kindness and compassion for others and act accordingly. If you’re grateful for something, state it — or, at the least, show it! Think about the times you have been on the receiving end of a thank you. or the recipient of a selfless gift of love, kindness, or respect. 

A little appreciation goes a long way, that’s why it is a gift that keeps on giving.  Gratitude it the glue that binds people together.  To give it is to receive it because to receive you must first give it.  This is a beautiful circle.

Tis’ the season for giving and gratitude, so take the time to say thanks.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. 

William Arthur Ward

Untie the ribbons...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 21, Book 17

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 21st

Some Special Gifts
Source Unknown

Here a few suggestions for special gift:

a firm handshake to a shaky soul,

a kind word to a lonely person

a warm smile to the disheartened

a sincere concern for someone troubled,

a feeling of compassion for the neglected,

a comforting thought for the bereaved,

a respect for the dignity of others

a defense of the rights of individuals,

a word of witness to help a feeling soul,

a Merry Christmas to all.

Today’s Gift suggestion is :

Mason Jar Tea Lights

If you have a mason jar and some tea lights, decorate the outside of the jar with glitter, lace, ribbons, decoupage or plain ole’ permanent markers.

Put the tea light inside and you have a gift to light up anyone’s holiday.

Remember:  the most meaningful gifts aren’t the kind you wrap at all.  They’re the kind that wrap you up in love.

A  Christmas candle is a loving thing:
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.

Eva Logue