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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Releasing The Embrace


My word for 2014 was embrace. Now before I can embrace 2015.
 I must reflect on the past year and some of the embrace. There was much held, much change. Change seemed to be the common theme, the one constant thread weaving my year in an endless embrace.

The year began with flying. For the first time I took a 'real'flight and escaped the harsh Canadian winter for a week. It was a blissful holiday, but I happily flew home to where I belonged.

I had a terrible car accident in February a minute from my home in a blinding snow storm. Youngest daughter and I still tremble when we remember the incident and God's Divine protection to us.

Another change  happened  in March, my sweet mother in law neighbour moved away, to live with her daughter. Although I supported the decision  I mourned the loss of her presence next door.
The winter passed in a flurry of projects and wedding plans.
Spring took  it's sweet time- testing my, and all of our  patience....but it came,the barn got painted and fields were planted and the wedding happened. 
                                       myself,Brittany,hubby...the blessing kiss...

I embraced the highs and lows of this roller coaster ride. It felt as if my hair was still  blowing back as I walked down the aisle with my soon to be new son in law.


As the school year drew to a close my second youngest graduated grade eight, and my youngest graduated from 'our little school' we've had children at since 1998.
 I embraced this bitter sweet knowledge with as much poise as I could, knowing it is the brevity of seasons that make each one poignant.
 I embraced another ending also as  I decided the time had come to end my six and a half year stint as lunch duty supervisor at our school. I wanted to let someone else have the wonderful opportunity of working with the children.

I embraced freedom. Most of the summer was spent with my two youngest. I took advantage of spontaneity and moments I have learned to seize. 

Prioritizing time with hubby whether here at home or riding with him on his motorcycle or chatting more often.

I also embraced disappointment and acceptance of relationships I can not change. I embraced grace more often, not only for others but for myself......

I welcomed second daughter home from year long inner city missions for a few short weeks before she headed away again to school.

I embraced floundering for a while. I knew to flounder recognizably can be a form of progress. 


As fall fell and days shortened, I felt peace. My garden was my sanctuary ....lavender, zinnias and gladiola soothed my soul. I read good books and cultivated memory's plots.

In November I fell into a little part time job at a cafe close by. I embraced the change it brought to my every day routine. Most of all I embraced the fact that God is never too busy to listen to our prayers or to care about the things that we do.

As I consider this year I am awed and humbled at all that has  happened. I glance back now with 20/20 vision.....2015 is blank to my sight. but I trust the One who has written out my days to bring it to completion.

                           all the days ordained for me were written in your book                           before one of them came to be.                                      Psalm 139:16

my new word for 2015 is still obscured...waiting to see what it will be...


  1. So much change happens when our children move away, get married, graduate...it seems it never stops...the change. But we do find our ground again and are able to keep calm and carry on. They go forward with their new independent lives and we go forward with our new found lives without them under our every day care. Sigh. It's hard isn't it? But it is good too. Wishing you grace that is always sufficient and peace that surpasses. xxo

  2. Hi Lucy!
    Yes its been quite a year..2014 with much to be grateful for, as always.
    Growth...it hurts at times though doesn't it? But thank God we know in Whom we have believed and we love Him
    and know that He is sovereign in our lives and over our families comings and goings.
    I bless you Lucy in the Name of our Lord and may He continue to be your All in All throughout this fresh new year!
    Hugs and love over the miles to you xo

    All my heart,
    Deborah xo

  3. A beautiful wrap-up post for 2014. So many things to embrace. It seems you were able to do so with much grace!

    I wish you good things for 2015 ... may you catch many glimpses of heaven in unexpected places.


  4. You've had such a year. Love reading this synopsis--and curious to see what new word appears. I appreciate deeply your line, "it is the brevity of seasons that make each one poignant." I want to remember that. Blessings to you in 2015.

  5. Dear Lucy,

    You've had quite a year! The happy times with your children and your hubby, your travels, and of course, your daughter's beautiful wedding day, and planning for it, are such wonderful highlights! I remember reading about your car accident, and was so relieved that you and your youngest daughter were alright. I think it's wise that you have embraced the things in your life that are sometimes difficult to accept. Surrendering to situations we cannot always control, I believe, takes great strength.

    Wishing you the very best in 2015, my friend!


  6. Oh Lucy, I am just grateful that though you had an accident, you are WELL and that God safely kept you from harm! And changes, they happen. As much as I need to have consistency in my life, sometimes we have to move on. I really appreciate your visit today. It was a tough decision to make because of THE PEOPLE I have come to care about. Many wishes and blessings to you for a wonderful new year. Anita

  7. Lucy, I'm so glad you were ok from the car accident you were in. That must have been so frightening. You had many experiences last year. Here's to a wonderful new year. The one thing that surprised and blessed me last year was getting into our new home. I was looking at the pictures of your daughter's wedding - she looked gorgeous with a lovely gown. Much joy and love to her and husband in the years to come. I don't know if I mentioned this to you before, but I believe that when we see a rainbow it is a gift. Thank you for the gift today, Lucy.

    Have a splendid week.



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