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~Dear 2011~

Written by Sue, Dec. 31, 2011                                                                cold, sunny temps 50's 
As I take a peek

back into this past year, I want to "thank you" for a very interesting year, I would love to say  this year was a big bowl of cherries topped with whipped cream, but as life goes, it wasn't! You gave me so much to think and talk about! There were days when I just wanted to pull the covers back up and stay there, and then there were days when I almost got up before you, full of joy and anticipation as I ran the race set before me. I am very happy to say that I survived, I will always remember you for the lessons taught, learned, and now hopefully applied,   I  now say farewell, "old friend", again "thank you," as I wait with much anticipation for my New Friend, 2012!

Wishing all of my friends a most blessed and Happy new Year!
much love,
I Corinthians 9: 24~Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.


Charlotte December 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM  

Hi Sue,
It's been awhile since I've visited you. I enjoyed getting caught up. I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I always enjoy your Beautiful Pear Tree Lane. BTW. Right now I'm sitting here ready to go to bed and I'm wearing the lovely white robe you gave me.
Love and blessings,

Debbie December 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

I love that verse!! May we all run the race He sets before us this year with purpose and determination. Much love to you Sue and may your new year be full of His richest blessings! HUGS

Cheryl December 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM  

I love that verse too!

I enjoyed your unique way of looking at the old year, Sue. Oh that we would all apply the lessons learned in this past year! He is faithful!

A very blessed New Year to you, my friend!

P.S. I can totally relate to the time of adjustment when your family member(s)' visit is over! Hoping that you're reflecting on the beautiful, warm memories of your visit. {{{hugs}}}

Christine December 31, 2011 at 12:31 AM  

I like how you worded 2011 as your old friend.

Happy New Year Sue.
I look forward to visiting the Farm
and sharing with you.

Jenni December 31, 2011 at 2:08 AM  

What a creative way to say good bye to the old year... the photo that has us peeking through window captured the sentiment nicely...

Best wishes, dear friend, for you and yours in 2012!

Love that scripture verse, too....


Vee December 31, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

I rather like this race we're in...it's more about crossing the finish line than coming in first. Sweet Sue, I have so enjoyed visiting Pear Tree Lane and I am looking forward to many more visits right here. God's richest blessings on you and yours in 2012!

Karen December 31, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

Happy New Year to you toooo my friend.. I love and I cant wait to share 2012 with such a wonderful good friend like you..
God Bless

Farm Girl December 31, 2011 at 12:56 PM  

I wish the same to you my dear friend, my first friend in blogland and I hope forever. You do and continue to bless me.
I know it would be silly to wish for every day to be a bowl of cherries with whip cream, we do hope don't we?
Because some days we just have to have the other stuff to make us see life really is good most of the time.

I will leave you with this neat promise I found today:
Trust God---your times are in His Hands. His timing is never late.
" Oh satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all of our days!"
Psalm 90:14
It gave me such comfort today.
You mean so much to me Sue.

Janette@Janette's Sage December 31, 2011 at 1:37 PM  

Oh so well said...why don't I have that talent..to say so much in so few words.

Hugs and welcome new year...may we each learn to greet each morning with Praise on our lips, even if what is before us seems to challenge our faith...He is still faithful

Walking on Sunshine... December 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM  

Happy New Year Sue! I so treasure your friendship! Thanks for all the beautiful pictures of your beautiful farm! Enjoy your movie with hubby!

Patsy December 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM  

Thanks for sharing your life with us this past year. I am looking forward to my visits with you in 2012. Happy New Year!

Kathleen December 31, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

Happy 2012, Sue, may God hold you and yours in the palm of His hand.

thistlewoodfarm January 1, 2012 at 12:17 AM  

Just stopping by to wish you the happiest of new years! Blessings to you in 2012!

M.K. Roth January 1, 2012 at 3:11 AM  

Hi Sue,

Great post, Great Bible verse!


God bless you ~ hugs

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter January 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM  

I really enjoy your blog, Sue. Looking forward to your posts in 2012! May you have a very happy New Year!!

Janette@Janette's Sage January 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM  

Benjamin told me I had to tell you how good your blueberry jelly is. It was so cute he said, "Mom you need to tell Sue thank you and that her jelly is really, really good!"
So I stopped in to send Benjamin his thank you...and the rest of us enjoyed it also.

Cheryl January 2, 2012 at 11:57 PM  

Popping back in to agree with you about the joys of blogging! I used to scrapbook...but I find blogging so much more fulfilling!

Praying that your new year is off to a great start...

Susan B January 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM  

Dear Sue,
Wishing you a year filled with many blessings and much happiness! :)


Debbie January 3, 2012 at 6:05 AM  

So... this is the second blog that I have read this morning to reference that verse.

I'm listening God.
And I'm lacing up my running shoes.

Welcome 2012. Happy New Year, Sue!

Southern Lady January 3, 2012 at 6:58 AM  

A visit to Pear Tree Farm always brightens my day and lifts my spirits, Sue. May the new year bring you and Mr P and your sweet family good health, contentment, and happiness in everything you do.

Your faith and sweet spirit are truly an inspiration to me ...

Debbie January 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM  

I have been away from blog land so long that it is taking me forever just to catch up. It's a "good" catch up though as I get to read wonderful posts from blogs that I missed during the Christmas season.

I loved your spa day. That might have been my favorite part I read here. I need to do that. Of course, my feet wouldn't be that pretty even after a spa WEEK. Sigh...

2011 wasn't a banner year here either. The more that I think about it, though, the more I think that a LOT of really good things happened. I just let the bad outweigh the good and it really affected me. Part of my 2012 resolution is not to do that.

Happy New Year, Sue! I'm looking forward to more adventures at Pear Tree Lane Farm this year.

Paula January 5, 2012 at 11:47 PM  

That is one of my favorite verses, Sue~ and I share your sentiments about 2011. It wasn't all rosy but at times it was more like "one foot in front of the other"... and having wonderful blog friends like you make the world a better place to be!

Kathi January 7, 2012 at 12:49 AM  

Thank you Sue, for being such an encouraging friend to me. Happy New Year to you, Dear Friend. Kathi

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The phrase "There's no place like home", is so true.

No matter where I go, I always love turning the key and hearing that clicking sound in the lock of our back door . Even if I have only gone shopping, I am so happy to be home.

Did you know that every home has its own scent, the first thing I do is sniff the air, and I offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness, and for safety.

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Sometimes late at night, when I am unable to sleep I will get up and as I am walking across the room, I hear the floor creek beneath my feet, I go, sit, and listen to other sounds that my home makes, a pop here and there in the wall, it is like the wall is talking to me. A home not only has its own scent, but it also has its own sound. I truly believe that a home takes on its own personality, US!!

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