New Year

I spent what felt like most of yesterday reading Winnie the Pooh to my girls, both of whom are sick.  My New Year’s Eve plan was to go to bed early.  But then Jonny and I saw that the Call the Midwife Christmas special was available to watch on the PBS website, and we ended up staying up late to watch it.   (It was wonderful and well worth staying up for.)  At some point, Jonny mentioned that when he took the kids shopping for my birthday (at the grocery store because he needed ingredients) that Larkspur insisted that he needed to buy me lots of presents, because I’ve given him so many children.  That means that she thinks she’s a gift, that all my children are.  I will always treasure the thought of her saying those words to Jonny, believing with perfect certainty that she is treasured.

This morning, both girls seemed perkier until Beatrix demonstrated all over the floor that she is not well.  Oh dear.  This may prove a long week.  I suspect today will be spent by the fire again, with more Winnie.

I wish for a very Happy New Year to you all.  I pray that in this new year we are all able to focus on those things that mean the most, no matter how small, and move through all the rest with grace and peace.


  1. Happy New Year! Happy Birthday! Hope they feel better soon. Mine passed around that bug the week before Christmas and fortunately it was short lived.

  2. Those small gifts…like Larkspur’s little comment…are the real treasures in life!! You are quite blessed!!!

    Hoping the crud leaves your house soon—we suffered through it on a 5 hour car trip over the weekend. (For future reference—-it took us 12 grocery bags (they were double-bagged) to get home. Thank goodness my daughter doesn’t take her own bags to the store like I do….we would have been in troUBle!!!!)

    Happy 2013!

  3. I hope they feel better soon!

  4. Hope the girls feel better soon. Not fun – we were there a couple of weeks ago. What a sweet comment your daughter made to your husband! She is indeed a gift – all children are.

  5. So sweet! Praying that sickness leaves your home- Happy New Year Ginny:)

  6. Happy new year!!! I hope every one feels better quickly ( and that you do not catch it)!

  7. That is a wonderful vote, thank you for remembering! I think I will copy these words to a notebook so I can remember.
    And best wishes for you and all your family, happy belated birthday!

  8. happiest of new years! i began it with hoping and wishing that the baby was spitting up and not throwing up! your daughter considering herself a gift is a sign of doing something right, no?

  9. That is so sweet she said that. I hope my children know they are wonderful gifts, too. Happy New Years!

  10. Happy New Year and thanks for all the lovely yarn-a-longs.

  11. Oh dear Ginny,

    Peace and wellness to you (and your littles) in this new year. Eventually. If anyone mends, it is Winnie.

    Thinking of you…


  12. happy belated birthday and happy 2013! Your family didn’t start out all healthy, I hope everyone is feeling better soon!

  13. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family, Ginny! Hope all are well in your house soon – sending a prayer for healing! xo

  14. Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family, Ginny! I completely sympathize with the illness you are bearing at the moment. Before Christmas the whole family save my husband succumbed to a rather unusual gastric bug which after the first twenty four hours would give us two days reprieve and then struck us down again for a couple of days. Of course we got through it and are completely back to normal.

    I love Winnie The Pooh and was lucky enough to be raised close to his forest; Ashdown Forest in south east England.

    Warmest wishes to you all.

  15. Hope the girls feel better soon. The story about the grocery store visit melted my heart, so very precious.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Happy new year! I hope everyone’s feeling better soon!

  17. Winnie the Pooh can make everything seem better! Peace, grace and love to your family in the coming year. 🙂

  18. Happy New Year to you all too. Thanks again for sharing wonderful stories, insights, school projects and all. I love your blog and “tune” into it every morning before our homeschool day begins. Best to you all for 2013!

  19. What precious words from your sweet girl. How that must warm your heart.

    Everyone here is under the weather as well. A quiet, different sort of holiday. Hope your girls are on the mend soon.

  20. oh no! your babies are sick. hopefully it will pass quickly and no one else we get the cookies. i love the story about the grocery store visit. your daughter is right on, she is a treasure, as are all of your children. made me feel all squishy inside.
    happy new year, may it be full of adventures!

  21. we are a bit sick here too –
    grace and peace – yes!

  22. Happy New Year to you and your family, Ginny. I want to thank you so much for the Sunday Sweater pattern. I am a new-ish knitter but decided to attempt this for my five year old niece for Christmas. The pattern was so wonderfully written that it was a dream to follow. My brother and sister-in-law were in awe and my niece LOVED it. Thank you so much for making it available. I would love to see it in an adult size someday. 🙂

  23. They are indeed gifts…and her comment is a gift in itself. Happy belated birthday to you. And Happy New Year as well. Hope everyone feels better soon.

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