Saturday, December 31, 2011

out with the old, in with the new

2012. Can you imagine?

A new year, a new beginning. People will make resolutions for change. Diet, exercise, give up smoking, etc. This is a good time to look back and look ahead. To see if we like where we are headed or if we need to change our game plan. A new calendar opened up with so many possibilities and adventures that lie ahead.

2011 was a tough year for me, you guys all know why. It was a hard year but God is faithful and saw me through and helped me grow in lots of areas.

In looking at the magnitude of what still needs to be done here, I foresee 2012 being a year of change. I awoke with a feeling of anticipation today, of hope ahead. Have no idea what is in store in the new year but I know God does and I will trust his wisdom and plan and timing.

I'm closing a chapter of my life. First let me say he is perfectly healthy as far as I know and I don't anticipate anything changing in the days ahead. But I'm retiring my blogging buddy, my faithful companion since I started blogging back in 2005. Its time for Koda to take a back seat and for me to embark on new adventures in my writing.

I love to write, I love to read God's word and be inspired by the messages he is teaching there. I like to ponder things as I sit and type or edit those medical reports that I do.

I'm going in a new direction with blogging in 2012. I know that I won't have the time in the months ahead to devote to blogging like I did in previous times but I still feel the need to write and put my words in such a format like a blog for whoever stumbles upon the words I write or chooses to read them.

I started a new blog, A Bench With a View. I'm just going to write there thoughts. No obligation to read, no obligation to comment.

I know these days I look at my Dashboard and read a lot and comment on just a few. I would imagine that will be the pattern in the months ahead. There is so much work here to be done and so much healing and restoring, but God is merciful and faithful and is working miraculously in so many ways.

So read if you want, follow if you want. I'm looking into putting my Fear of the Lord blog into book format for me to save and am looking at the same concept for this blog. It will eventually be deleted or made private. Its been a wild adventure and a great experience writing here, but it is time to move on.

Thank you all who have read this and commented on it and shared this journey with us. Its been a privilege and honor to have you part of it.

If I see you over on Bench With a View, great. Regardless, Happy New Year to one and all. May it truly be a great year for you and your family!

35 comments:

Shelly said...

This does sound like an exciting new step- change can bring really good things. I look forward to reading your new blog and I hope and pray a year of abundance and prosperity for you and yours!

TARYTERRE said...

LOVE Koda, but I understand. Change is good for the soul. I wish you luck in your new endevour. May you be blessed with peace of mind and joy in 2012. I will check out the new blog. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

JosephAlsarraf said...

Great idea to start anew on a new year, How does koda feel about it? I would like to read one of your stories if you ever write one. I hope this year will be better than last year. Happy New Year! : )

Michelle said...

Happy New Year friend. I'll be following y ou on A Bench With A View. God bless you!

Betty said...

Happy New Year my friend! I do think you´ve had a tough year and completely understand the need to move on to other writings. I think such life changing events as you´ve had in your life this past year puts blogging into a different perspective. I feel that way about my blog. It´s not the same any more and I´m really thinking about "retiring" it too.
You know I´ll be at your new blog, commenting when I can, but always there reading.
A big HUG and many good wishes from Betty

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

A new year is always exciting and having something new to do is a good way to start. I'll be visiting your new blog and following you too. Happy New Year!

Hollie said...

The new blog sounds exciting! Happy New Year!

Melanie said...

I'm following your new blog, Betty. I fully understand what you mean about reading and commenting. I have some new things going on, and I think my blogging will be quite limited as well. I guess we'll see what happens! :)

Bobbi said...

Happy new year, Betty. I will be over to see you at A Bench With a View. I love your writing!!

Jeanie said...

Happy new year, Betty. I will be looking forward to reading what you have to say on your new blog.

Call Me Cate said...

I'm also feeling a sense of hope and possibility. 2011 was not the year I wanted it to be and I'm happy to greet my new pal, 2012.

It seems you've been feeling a pull towards a change in your blogging for awhile, looking back at your other posts. Listen to your heart, Betty. (Though, I hope there will still be occasional updates on my favorite south Cali corgi!)

Seriously Though said...

I think I've been reading about a year. I always look forward to reading your blog. I will be following along at Bench with a View. You have done things this year I think would be incredibly difficult. I'm glad to hear you have anticipation for the new year. Here's to Joy and Hope for you and yours in 2012

Deanna said...

You will see me on A Bench With A View. Hopefully if you make this blog private - or that one - that you will admit me as a friend.

Your life has been one wild ride over this past year and with the grace of God, you have handled it with dignity.

Here's to new directions if need be, or staying the path if that is right, for 2012.

The best of everything for you and your family!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy New Year! I will visit with you soon. May God bless you abundantly this year.

jack69 said...

SWEET and although some things will be missed, it is your combining your wit, wisdom and writing ability to your words on paper (okay not paper LOL) that make your corner good..

Betty is always a good read. BEst of luck to you & yours out there.
Love ya,
Sherry & Jack

Kathy Breedlove said...

I found your blog today and strangely it brought a peaceful feeling to me. I feel like I know you. I will definitely try to visit your new blog regularly. Thank you.

Rita said...

I'll check out the new blog, too!
May 2012 be the best year ever!! :)

Lynda said...

Headed over there now. No better time than a new year to implement change!

SweetMarie said...

Happy New Year Betty and Koda!
I'm very excited for you! See you at your new blog. :)

Sharon said...

I think I will miss that Corgi... He's so cute, but I understand the need for change, with all that has been going on in your lives.

See Ya later!

XXX

Mary said...

I look forward to reading "Bench with a View"!
Thank you for your friendship!
Happy New Year!

Belle said...

I think it is great you are trying something new. I'm glad you feel excited about the new year. I'll go to your new blog and enjoy it as I have these blogs. God bless.

Big Mark 243 said...

Happy New Year Betty! I look forward to seeing you on the beach and I think that the New Year will be a good one for you and those you love!

Living Life said...

Congratulations on making this change in your life Betty! Hopping over to your new site now....

Jane said...

I'll be following your new blog, Betty! I understand how change is good; I started my new blog towards the end of 2011 and it felt good to create a brand new space. Happy New Year!!!

Chatty Crone said...

You have been through so much - if someone said that could have happened so fast - it would be hard to believe. So I understand.

I'm heading over to see you!

sandie

Intense Guy said...

Happy New Year. I hope it brings you a lot of ... closure... and hope for the future.

I'll be sad to see Koda shuffle off into retirement - I hope he enjoys it fully (and doesn't mind a card or two, now and then).

Following you to your "new place"...

Toriz said...

Happy new year!

*Hugs*

Rjet33 said...

It's been a LONG time, my friend. Hope you are doing well. I will have to make sure I follow your new blog. Don't want to lose touch. Happy New Year!

Sharon said...

Heading over to check out your new blog -

Visit when you can, Betty - and know that you're always in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers.

GOD BLESS!

Nezzy said...

Well, I've gotta go check out your new place girl, I've got a feelin' this is gonna be gooooood!

God bless and have yourself a fabulous weekend sweeite!!!

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

What a wonderful idea for 2012, change can be for the better, and I wish you the best with it!
Heading over to visit your new blog now :)

Brandon's Raiser

Dino said...

It's amazing how many folk had a tough 2011. Ours was totally torrid but like you we serve the ever faithful living God who has a plan for our lives.

Great to meet you through the blogosphere.

ComplainativeBastard said...

Is it so rare for a corgi to be found in Southern California?

LynnMarie said...

I hope your 2012 is turning into something fun and relaxing. Look forwarded to hearing how you are doing.