Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here We Go!

Are you ready? The clock strikes midnight here on the East coast of the United States of America in less than an hour. To our friends in Japan - "Happy New Year!" To our friends in Europe, Africa, other parts of Asia and Russia, "Happy New Year!"  The new year is creeping closer by the minute and we are ready!  Are you ready?  We hear the fireworks all around and the energy is rising!  We are ready!!!! Ready!!! Ready!!!

2013 has been a crazy year!  I want to 
call it a year of discovery.  We have watched our monkeys discover what it means to be 21, 20, 15, 13, 9 and 4 years old.  We have discovered new friendships and reconnected with old friends.  We have discovered what it was like to live in New York City for the summer.  We have discovered more and more each day what it means to love and be loved!

So, here's to 2014!  What does this year have in store?  My hope is that we will laugh everyday until our sides hurt, love deeper and stronger than we ever thought possible, and that we will all be healthy, strong and able to help others in need with reckless abandonment.  Woo Hoo!!!  Let's get this party started!!!

Thank you to all of you for being devoted readers of "This and That".  I love our community!  Happy New Year!!!

Goodbye 2013! 

Hello 2014!




  1. I have loved following your adventures in 2013, both in real life and via your beautifully written blog. Here's to more side-splitting laughs in 2014!

  2. Thank you so much, Anne! Love you my sweet friend!

  3. Melissa,
    I was given this quote many years back.

    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty, well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used-up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW--What a Ride!"

    May we finish well, to His glory!

  4. Gosh! I love this, Bev! Being the resourceful gal that I am, I like to use up everything to the last drop :-). Waste not want not! That is how we should live our lives, right? Thanks, friend!