Ringing In The New Year

Ringing in the new year is always fun, whether you are with good friends or good family. This year, we’re celebrating the new year with good family. We won’t be able to do too much but we’ll at least be able to enjoy good company and a nice, warm gumbo. Our holiday has been quite fun and fairly relaxing. We’ve been able to see family who we haven’t seen in quite a while. We’ve been able to join one of John’s grandmothers for a joyful church service. We have had the opportunity to see many of the blessings granted to us in the past 3 or so weeks. The experiences we’ve had during this holiday have refreshed and enlightened us in many ways.

John and I discussed resolutions and whether or not we’d make any. He is leaning towards not making any and I’ve decided on one: not saying anything negative about myself. I need to tell myself positive things so I will start living those positive things. Most of the time, I do my own thing and am a fairly content person but every now and again, I’ll make a mistake and speak out negative things. So I’m going to work on being more positive this year.

I think the reason many people fail at keeping their resolutions is because they don’t know the definition of the root word, resolute. If you look it up, you’ll find that it means “having or possessing determination or purposefulness.” When you are determined to succeed at something, you will find (or make) a way to succeed. This also makes me think of the word ‘resolve’. I’m pretty sure they are synonyms.

The girls and Nojo are still working on their resolutions. This will be something new for the girls. We’ve never really discussed it with them before. But I think it’s always good to set a positive goal for yourself at the beginning of the new year, and do everything within your power to achieve it. We set goals for our businesses. We set goals for school. We set goals for things we want to acquire. Why /not/ set goals for bettering ourselves in mind, body, or spirit? Kittles Family Artworks wishes everyone of our readers a happy and safe and very blessed new year!

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Taking A Holiday Break

Since we’ll be preparing for holiday festivities this week, we’ll be taking a day or two off at the blog. We have some family members to spend time with and celebrate with. I’ll be back periodically to post any nifty things I discover and I will pick up the every day posting after New Year’s Day. Thanks for reading and sticking with us this far. We appreciate each and every one of you. And we hope you are all having the best holiday season you’ve ever had with many more to come in the future!

For folks who enjoy the wonderful music of Annie Lennox, I hope you’ll enjoy this song.

If you enjoy instrumental music, I hope you’ll enjoy this number from Mannheim Steamroller.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.”  ~James Openheim

Quoteful Saturday: Childhood Magic

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.”  ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected?”  ~Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”  ~Tom Stoppard

To trade a childhood wonder for a plausible explanation – is there a worst trade one makes in life?”  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

And I leave the children the long, long days to be merry in a thousand ways, and the Night, and the trail of the Milky Way to wonder at….” ~Williston Fish, “A Last Will,” 1898

All these quotes were found on this page on Quote Garden. May we forever treasure the magic moments of our childhood, carrying with us the warmth and innocence of those times.