Hello everyone, it certainly feels odd to be posting on a Thursday this week instead of my usual Tuesday. And I am very glad to say that this is not the new schedule for this year, instead it was more or less a kind favor Charlotte did for me by taking over on Tuesday when I wasn’t feeling very well. Yes, we have all been hit with the “congestion flu” (so glad it’s not the other kind!) and I seem to have got a pretty bad strain of it. But what can you expect after living through what seemed like a month of no singing or blogging, a little too much sugar everyday, and lots and lots of staying up late for Yuletide merrymaking? Why, the flu, I guess!
Honestly though, it is worth it! Especially when there were days in which all the work of 2014 appeared unending, and that the Holidays would never come, and that the lovely little break we so desperately wanted would never be realized. I would most definitely get sick again if I could only relive all of the fun evenings of fellowship and good cheer during that resting spell!
With camera in hand for scattered moments across the Eve of New Years, Charlotte was able to capture candid moments of jolly-good-fun, serious thoughts, and scenes of fellowship with our Christian community. So here you go everyone – New Year’s Eve at the Boyer house!
Once the company had arrived, and a prayer was said over the evening’s fellowship, the girls and I, scrambled in amongst our group of friends, announced that Pictionary was the first game of the night. A cheer went up, and the blackboard-wall message and signatures (first photo) was erased, and the fresh slate was primed for scribbling fists. We had many good larks over that game as you could imagine, and even the Jessica (moi) fooled everyone with her confusing “bomb” picture. No one could guess that my tree-looking-thing was supposed to be the Mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb! …and yes, the word was, bomb… not too good. 😛
Some of the younger ones had the boring duty of waiting for their turn (which seemed to never come!), and it is with a grin on my face that I remember the little voices pleading for a chance to win us over with their masterpieces of sheer genius!
This is a favorite of mine: Dad in his “Thinking” pose, listening tentatively to the conversation between the fathers of our playmates. They always seem to get to the topic of dreary politics when they converse! And didn’t I say Yuletide merrymaking? Okay, okay, I have to give them all credit because later on before the hour struck midnight, we had a game of charades, and the men proved themselves to be by far the best jokers of the evening. Gold stars and sprinkles for all!
This here is what I love about our community–the boldness each family has when it comes to proclaiming the truth in the midst of a dark world. Without this boldness, our swords would not be sharp, and we would not grow as much as we might in our walks with the Lord. Then too, the jollity our fathers bring into the life of our community is another great characteristic (one I can truly appreciate since I LOVE to laugh!). Every once in a while when all our families meet, I may pass their masculine group and suddenly a roar of laughter peels out. I laugh in spite of myself too, because the sound alone is so infectious! Come on ladies, we all truly love our knights in shining humor, right? 😉
That is the picture of the first half hour after the welcome of 2015. A most precious photo I will never forget. There sits maestro Brigid, energetically pounding out the Hymn, “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” and her little choir of singers lift up their voices in a none too shaky melody. The New Year has come, and the songs of victory with it. May we all never forget the great victory Christ wrought on the great and awesome day of His Resurrection, and let us stay true to His will. For there is no greater joy in this life than that of being a humble servant to our Great and Mighty King, Jesus.
With this inspiration to ponder, I too want to charge you all to walk boldly through this year, setting your hearts on the Light and Truth of God’s word, that you may never fear, but always believe with courage. God bless this new year to us, and God bless the fruit of it thereby!
What are you most excited for this year?
Do you have a favorite memory from 2014?
How did you welcome the new year?
Much love and blessings,
Jessica, the eldest sister & singer
P.S. I want to make mention of the fact that we have a new ad on our sidebar! Catherine Sorensen has just joined our team to advertise her Etsy shop, Meadowland Designs. We would highly encourage you all to check out her gorgeous jewelry collections which have been artfully designed and crafted from good, quality materials. We have a feeling you will like her products as much as we do! Take a look!