Friday Five

Beginnings and Endings Friday Five

Sally posted at RevGalBlogPals:

This Celtic Mandala represents life, noting how days and years turn
from one to another. As we have stepped from 2008 into 2009 some of us
look back with joy and others with sadness; probably most of us with a
mixture of the two.

As we look back we may come to understand
how God has worked in and through us in joy and sadness. how we have
grown against what may seem impossible odds. As we look forward we may
do so with expectation, and we may do so with fear and trembling. As we
look back and forward in New Years liminality I offer you this simple
yet I hope profound Friday Fivein two parts:

First list five things that you remember/ treasure from 2008:

I'm not going for the sad things here, which probably bears some consideration, but I hope these will be the things I continue to remember and treasure. (Click on the pictures for a larger view.)

1. The RevGals Big Event–Sunshine and blue water and a great program and friends, what more could you want?

2. #1 Son's graduation from Hiptastic University–such a special day, only made a tad more exciting by the speaker, Barack Obama.

Three Gals
3. A visit from Mary Beth, who came to cheer me up, and was very successful, combined with a visit from Ruby and on top of that a meet-up for all of us with Rev. Dr. Mom! Wasn't that a great time?

Interlochen Parents Weekend 005
4. Parents' Weekend at Land o'Lakes Arts Academy–I loved having time with Snowman, hearing him play, meeting his friends.

Gulf Coast 012
5. My recent return visit to St. Casserole, which my family now considers "annual." It was encouraging to see how much better things look in her area, three years after Katrina.

Then list five things that you are looking forward to in 2009:

1. We have another graduation to anticipate, Snowman's. And by then we will know where he will go to continue his music studies.
2. #1 Son and his theatre group hope to have their production up sometime this summer in New York, and I am definitely excited about that!
3. I will go to Big Event 2.0 in April.
4. Professionally, sometime this spring I will go on to another call, when my current interim ends, though where and when remain unknown. I'm looking at both settled and interim possibilities this time. Last year I felt hideously anxious about my oncoming transition, but this time I'm more calm about the process. I also look forward to seeing where my writing will take me this year. I've been waking up in the night thinking about a book, but it hasn't been the same book twice, yet.
5. In September, Light Princess will start high school. Are we ready for it?

16 thoughts on “Beginnings and Endings Friday Five”

  1. wow Songbird I hope you get time to draw breath in amongst all those events, prayers for your new call.

  2. You are in the midst of many transitions with your children. I hope all goes well.

  3. It really was a great time when I got to meet you all. I hope we can do it again sometime!
    Here’s to good times and smooth transitions!

  4. I love the photos Songbird! Your posts have blessed me this year – I’m grateful for your online presence and grateful for your presence in the world. The Lord be with you!

  5. How different my life and ministry are because of this endeavor you helped to create a few years ago. I pray for health for you and share the transitions as our sons (and your daughter) begin new journeys. See you in April+

  6. prayers for your new call this spring. I hope I can be with you for 2.0. I’ll be working on that over the next week or so…

  7. what a year! I hope the next call is really good for you and I suspect your daughter will love High School! Blessings for you and your family.

  8. selfishly, I want snowman to go to DePaul. Not *only* an incredibly great clarinet school (who doesn’t want to study with the Chicago Symphony?) but close to me, which means visits! 🙂
    You have an exciting year ahead…have fun!

  9. I just wish that there was any hope of our getting together this year…But you know that the incidental stretch of water won’t be any barrier to love and prayers going with you through all that lies ahead this year, my friend xxx

  10. Thank you for being part of the planning the BE. It was a pivotal point in my life and ministry.
    Looking forward to BE 2.
    Peace and love,

  11. Happy New Year! I can’t wait to find out what happens with the book…

  12. Great past and future! We really have to get together before you go on to some interim in East Puckerbrush or someplace. I’ll be back in the Land of Singlestream Recycling next Wednesday. (I can’t believe City of Lakes doesn’t have that, and only collects recycling every other week).

  13. Happy 2009, and prayers for your health, your family, your new call!

  14. I’m pulling for Snowman to go to UT or UNT (fantastic jazz school). Selfishly, also.
    Just saying!
    High school! Yay for the Princess! 🙂

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