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!



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3 Responses to Healing.

  1. Mrs. D says:

    So happy that you were able to get away for a vacation. Sounds like you were able to get some rest. I think when you do chores on vacation it’s just different and different is good. I’m always exhausted at the end of a vacation but somehow feel renewed. Looks like it was a nice place to go. I’m hoping to be able to see my brother this summer sometime, even if I have to drive there solo.

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  3. Tanya says:

    I just love all the pictures! The one of you and Dan is great — but makes me miss you more. ;o) What a great post (as always), and I will pray as the Lord gives you new adventures and healing for 2014. Love you so much, dear friend!!

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