A year of blessings 2018

Last year I shared my blessings jar at the end of the year. This year I did the same thing, but I took photos.

This is what a year of blessings looks like.

Some blessings were extra special…

But all were special in their own way.

Some were sobering reminders of the fragility of life…

Some were exhilarating reminders of the joys of life…

Many left me feeling loved…

And grateful…

“Now, I wonder what glories, grace and treasures 2019 has to show us,” she said as she turned her face to the setting sun.

I’m thankful for every person that blessed my days in 2018. May they all receive double the blessings in 2019, and may I remember to bless others every day in 2019 too.

Celebrating 2017, Welcoming 2018

Happy New Year everyone! May 2018 be a year of love, success, joy and peace for all of you.

An Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Usually I can’t wait to finish the year and start a new one, in the hope that the new one will somehow be better than the old. This year was different. At the start of 2017, I made a “good memories jar” and throughout the year, I added slips of paper with special memories of all the good things that had happened to me.

This was the cover of my jar, with images of things that are special to me.

Last night, I opened the jar.

And throughout the evening, we chose a slip and read it to each other. So saying goodbye to 2017 was a very pleasant trip down memory lane and 2018 was welcomed in with hope and joy. This was the best New Year’s Eve ever!

What New Year’s Eve traditions do you have? Share them with us in the comments.