TGI Saturdays # 50- New Year Reflections

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TGI Saturdays # 50- New Year Reflections



Happy Saturday (January 9th) and second week of the new year to you. I hope all is well with you and yours this day. I also hope you had a blessed Christmas and New Years.

My Christmas and New Years were very blessed. God took care of us, provided all our needs and some of our wants. This year Christmas for our family was very simple, no Christmas guest, just us. We opened presents, had a scrumptious Christmas breakfast, played with our new toys (the kids), had a delectable Christmas lunch, watched the Disney Parade (though not as great as years past), played new board games (Hedbanz and Operation) and just enjoyed the day and each other. What more could you ask for.

Along with the blessings of having my family with me, my Christmas gift was a new updated, fantastic version to the dying camera I had before. I’m so thankful for that.

My New Year’s Eve and New Years were also simple, but wonderful. We didn’t go out, we never do on New Year’s Eve. For me I like to start my new year, in the same vicinity as my family, cozied up in our home, just reflecting on what was and what’s to come.

Before we put the children to bed, we said a “New Years Prayer” with them, thanking God for our blessings of 2015, praying for another blessed year for ourselves and others. Then after all the kids were in bed and asleep, my husband and I shared a special meal of Lamb chops and garlic mashed potatoes, with a glass of sparkling non-alcoholic wine (we don’t drink). It was such a precious moment. We went to bed a little after midnight, after we countdown to the New Year and shared our first kiss of the year.

As this new year begins, I’m not starting my year out with the usual vigor and enthusiasm that I usually would start a new year with. At the beginning of this 2016, I’m starting my year out as a tired and weary pregnant mom of four. Two of my older children ( 9 and 6) are in school (use to homeschool, but just not able to do it in this season), and I’m a stay-at-home mom with my two little ones (2 and 1) at home , and did I mention I was pregnant (almost to the end of my pregnancy). My hands of very full, and my body, mind and soul are exhausted. I’m kind of doing this alone too, with a little but not much outside help and support from friends and family.

This new year, I’m not starting out with a list of New Year’s Resolutions, as I like to do, but with a thankful and hopeful heart. I truly have so much to be thankful for, even more than I am aware of. I’ve started keeping a Thankful journal, where I like to write all I have to be thankful  for from week to week. This helps me keep things in perspective when fear, worry, impatience and frustrations seep into my emotions and thoughts.

As I embark on this new year, there are so many unknowns, this time around I haven’t even the slightest clue how God will resolve our challenges and how He will work things out for our good. I know He will, but I can’t envisage how.

I’m hopeful, because change and growth is needed for our family’s betterment. For my betterment.

I have so many prayers and hopes, some I am unable to share with you, but I hope for a healthy and safe delivery of the new addition to our family, a new Church family in our new hometown, a few new good friendships, and to be a stronger, healthier, happier me. I pray to move forward from just surviving to thriving. I pray for a healthier, body, mind and soul.

Great things are coming my way, I can feel it. My mother said it, my father said it and I have said it. When I received my new camera, I told my husband, this camera will capture the many happy memories and events of this new year. It is going to be a GOOD YEAR! I feel it in my core.

I ask that as you read this, you’d pray for my family and I. We could really use your prayers, and as you pray for me, I’d like to pray for you too. Feel free to share any prayer request for the new year in the comment box below.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. AskLatisha’s 50th Blog Hop.


Peace, Love and Blessings to you.

With love,

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  1. Michelle January 9, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Okay, did I miss something? Or are you announcing your pregnancy just now? I’ve been coming back to see if you posted anything new since the holidays and I’m happy to see you are back. So let this be my congratulations on your soon-to-be new arrival. When is the due date? Do you know the gender yet? I will most definately be lifting you in prayer as you requested and for unspoken prayer as well. Do keep us posted on how you are doing. Happy New Year to you.

    • Latisha Barker January 9, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      It’s really good to hear from you. Happy New Year and Blessings to you! I read about your diagnoses and I’m sorry to hear that. I truly admire your positivity about this situation. I also appreciate your word of the year Sanguine. I never knew this word but I love it, now that I know of it. I definitely would love to live a Sanguine life.
      You didn’t miss anything, this is definitely the first time I’m sharing about this pregnancy online. The baby is due in March (just in time for Spring) and I choose to let the gender be a surprise this time. Thanks for your prayers. As I have said many times before you are definitely someone I greatly respect and look up to. Have a blessed week.

  2. Karen Del Tatto January 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Latisha, Your Christmas and New Year’s Eve sounded blessed indeed!

    Thanks for giving us a peak into God’s provision and blessing for the end of 2015. May you be blessed abundantly in the coming year. :-)

  3. Michelle January 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    A March baby! So happy for you. I hope you join our Facebook group for MTO. I think you will find much encouragement from it. So glad to hear your news.

  4. Debbie Kitterman January 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Latisha –

    Congratulations on the soon to be arrival of your baby — an added dose of much JOY to your family. I like that you are doing a thankful journal. I will be praying for you and your family. May this year be a year of thriving and many happy days!

  5. Lisa January 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing with us, Latisha. I pray support comes your way.

  6. Kali January 9, 2016 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I also am really excited to see how God works some things out in my life also. I just heard a message the other day about how when God steps in anything is possible. So I am trying to stop trying to figure it out myself and just trust Him whole-heartedly. Praying your new addition arrives safely and that the Lord blesses y’all this year.

  7. Jed January 10, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Hey Latisha,

    Congratulations on the family member on the way. Our fourth girl will be arriving this April, so I know the joy, and tiredness that comes with this. It sounds like you guys had a lot of recent changes. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I love the joy that comes across in your writing, and am excited to hear more about the good things that come your way this year.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share and connect in the link-up. Wishing you and your family, a very happy Sunday!

  8. Tai East January 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Hi, Latisha! Glad to have you back and happy to visit and link-up with you! Happy New Year, Love! May GOD abundantly bless you and your family, beautiful friend! :-)

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