Archive for the ‘New Year’ Category

Tablescape Thursday-New Year’s Eve   16 comments

Every year around Christmas time we have a progressive dinner with our neighbors.  This year our schedules were so busy that we decided on making it a New Year’s Eve progressive dinner instead.  There are three houses involved in the progressive dinner  and we serve Soup and Salad – Main Course – Dessert.

This year it was our distinct pleasure to host the main course.  Unfortunately when I am hosting an event at my own house, I get so caught up in the hosting that I forget to take pictures!  So, you only get to see the before we sat down table and you don’t get to see the prime rib, twice baked potatoes or the green bean casserole being served table. 

It was all DELICIOUS!!  It is also great not having to drive anywhere on New Year’s Eve!

Now head on over to Susan’s for more Tablescapes.

Happy New Year   1 comment


To our family and friends,

As has been Lana’s and my custom at the end of each passing year, we look back and reflect on the happenings of the past 12 months and look forward with hope to the year ahead.

We are still blessed to be leading “traveling lives”. Lana continues to commute each Monday morning from Seattle down to Orange County and returns home on Thursday evening. She is now in her 26th year in the securities and financial planning business. She has weekend work functions every six weeks or so and I will usually go down to So Cal for the weekend on these occasions. I continue in and enjoy my job as an operations manager for a fire sprinkler systems supplier and fabricator to the trade.

Sprinkled amongst our work travel in 2009 was our annual trip to Spring Training in Phoenix (we love the “get close to the players” atmosphere and $20 box seats), Memorial Day and early December visits to Dallas to spend time with family, and an 8 day July driving and hiking tour in Alaska. We loved this trip. The wildlife, vistas, and calving glaciers were simply awe inspiring. My camera bug wife took over 1,100 pictures! I thought I would need to call all the media outlets when she saw her first moose!

Even with our travels, it is always great to come back to the Seattle area. The Puget Sound, downtown skyline, Olympic and Cascade Mountains are welcoming sites out the airplane window. We continue to find time to enjoy our friendships here and just being at home.

We wish each one of you a blessed 2010!

Steve and Lana

Posted January 2, 2010 by Lana G! in Family, Home, New Year, Photo, Thoughts, Travel

Hymn for Sunday – Turn a New Leaf for Me   2 comments


Turn a new leaf for me, Father, I pray;
This one is blotted, O take it away;
Cleanse all its stains in the blood of the cross;
Let me in Jesus find gain for my loss.


Turn a new leaf for me, Father, I pray;
Turn a new leaf in my life-book today;
Pardon me graciously,
Deal with me wondrously,
Turn a new leaf in my life-book today.

Turn a new leaf for me, spotless and white;
Hold Thou my hand as Thy bidding I write;
Teach me with patience that never shall tire,
Let Thine own Spirit the record inspire.


Turn a new leaf for me; then, line by line,
Help me to copy the pattern divine;
O that Thine eye some resemblance might see
To the sweet lessons inscribed there for me.


Turn a new leaf for me, Father above;
Place there new proofs of Thy mercy and love;
Then shall this page of my life-book be bright,
Judged by the test of eternity’s light.


ht: The Cyber Hymnal

Posted January 4, 2009 by Lana G! in Faith, Hymns, New Year, Photo, Photography, Sunday, Worship

Tablescape Tuesday – New Year’s Bliss   17 comments

Can you believe it is almost 2009?! Wow!  Well, in order to celebrate the New Year, I have decided to go shabby chic! 


The candelabra was a fun find at a country village store in Washington.  The tablecloth is actually a shower curtain I had mistaken for a tablecloth at the Goodwill 🙂 !  The napkins were another wonderful find at the Goodwill as well as the Wedgewood plates.  The goblets and champagne glasses were wedding gifts. 

I have used most of these items in other tablescapes. That is what I love about tablescaping, seeing all the different ways to put a table together with the same pieces just different tablecloths!


Happy New Year everyone!  For more tablescapes, head on over to Susan’s!

Happy New Year!   6 comments


As Steve and I look back on 2007, we have a new appreciation for the faithfulness of our Lord.  It has had its ups and downs, but He has seen us through.  We would like to wish all of you a new year filled with a renewed sense of his faithfulness, love and grace. 

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

The post below highlights some of our favorite “stops” of 2007.

Posted January 1, 2008 by Lana G! in New Year