There definitely is something exciting and fresh about a NEW YEAR. I love opening a calendar with empty pages – it seems to symbolize hope for better days ahead.
As some of you have gone through the last 2 years with me, you know there is A LOT of “stuff” we (I) needed to work through, a lot of financial damage we have yet to recover, and some things to just let go. 2012 and 2013 were two long, hard years – emotionally, spiritually, and even physically when Dan shattered his leg bones. And yet, God provided, good friends lent us so much support, and our family stuck close together. And we survived … and God is beginning to heal our hurting hearts and broken-down spirits. It is because of His promises that we can face 2014.
This week has been a great start to our new year: a week of rest for our family here in Hot Springs, Arkansas. We’ve enjoyed exploring Hot Springs, rested and slept a lot, took leisurely walks, and just relaxed.
Hot Springs was established because its waters were supposed to provide healing, a property that the Native Americans acknowledged for hundreds of years. President Andrew Jackson named it as a Federal Reserve; and in 1921, it became a National Park.
Bath House Row still features several beautiful spa buildings – where one could enjoy the healing waters and some pampering as well!
We did our fair share of pampering ourselves in our little cabin/condominium on the banks of Lake Los Lagos.
Everyone found a cozy spot for themselves!
And the views all around us were spectacular.
And for Daniel, this week off meant he could enjoy all the sports – bowl games, basketball, and DVDs of the 2011 World Series – that his heart desired on a TV far superior to the one we have at home! (He also celebrated his birthday on January 1st!)
We’ve been pretty spoiled here … even though I had to cook quite a bit, doing it here somehow even seemed more enjoyable!
And so, tomorrow (Saturday), we will pack up our van and head back to Northwest Arkansas – back to full schedules, school work, overtime, and the daily grind – but with a renewed attitude and hope. Let the healing begin!