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Happy New Year 2021 and some thoughts about life

Wishing you all a healthy, blessed, and joyful year!!

Year 2020 has been a tsunami of catastrophic problems affecting each of us in myriad ways. Problems of last year hasn’t magically disappeared because the number on our calendar changed. However, a new year seems to symbolically refresh the mind and heart to start new. I hope we all have a healthier, wiser, happier, successful, and improved life in 2021. And for those areas of life beyond our control, let’s pray and wait expectantly for God’s hand to move in wonderful and transformational ways.

This year I’m not starting with specific resolutions. Instead, I want to make small changes that will positively affect the quality of my life. I’ve heard that the stresses of last year have caused hair loss issues in some individuals. I’m one of them. It’s not severe but to me it’s noticeable. When I see sparseness in the mirror, I sigh: a really deep sigh. This symptom tells me I should work harder to establish balance in my life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

    do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,

    and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Even though I’m starting the year with less resilience, I will take it a day at a time. This is strange for me to share publicly, because I’m usually optimistic about life and like to encourage others. But as I shared in my earlier post, beneath the happy exterior, a whole lot of sadness lurks. I will be ok and in the meantime, I’m waiting for the old warrior spirit to emerge again! I need my faith to rekindle ASAP! It’s time to open the Bible and get reading.

Again, happy new year! You’re awesome and I appreciate each of one of you readers! You guys make my writing journey worthwhile and special.

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. Happy New Year Esther … it is hard to keep our chin up in such trying times. While we all worry about COVID, you have other worries, Ellis’ health and the incessant wildfires. None of it was easy but mercifully Ellis is healthy and you all will hopefully stay safe in still another trying year. Hugs {{{{ }}}}} from afar!


    1. Linda, thank you!! You always cheer me up with your kind and thoughtful messages.
      I am grateful for so many mercies in 2020 and how we’ve made it through unscathed. It’s true that we are lucky in so many ways. Depression is hard to understand for me and I wonder why I feel okay one day and terrible on others. And on good days, I wonder how could I have felt so terrible. Lot of second guessing and minimalizing…
      It felt freeing to write about it and not make it so hush hush.
      I hope you are having a good start to the new year and staying well! It’s probably very cold where you are. Stay safe and keep blogging!! Many hugs to you too…Esther

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      1. I am glad I cheered you up all those 3,000 miles away. Life is not easy in good times – magnified problems during a pandemic, wildfires and the divisiveness horrors of 2020. With all these items swirling around us, it’s hard to just sit and relax, your mind a blank, for a few minutes. The country has gone awry and that is sure true after today’s events. I hope you feel better “putting it out there” Esther. The kids try your patience but you are their world. Hugs to you – keep the faith, sometimes it’s all we’ve got.
        P.S. – It’s been cold, but it’s clear again … snow has melted again and supposed to be nice another week. I’m happy, squirrels are ecstatic. 🙂


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