Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

To all my friends, both near and far, 
Happy New Year. 
May This year,2018,be filled with love, peace and joy.
To start things off right,I thought I would take you back in time and share a few more of Jake's pictures. There is no better way to spend a cold day than to look back at some of the old pictures and especially those taken during warmer days.
Usually we sing the song Count Your Blessings during the Thanksgiving season, but I think the new year would be a good time to stop and count our blessings.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Tulips in our garden, many years ago.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.

 Wild Aster,in some local ditch.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy 

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

 Lady Slippers growing in the wild.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

 Wild flower covered meadow.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,

*Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

More Tulips from our garden.
All photo credits go to Jake Hiebert

Closing Thought:
Step into the New Year with confidence, knowing that God is in full control.


  1. Counting my blessings; you're on the list! Happy New Year!

  2. No matter, every time I visit with you, I leave feeling better!!!

    Happy New Year Ruth

  3. What a talent he had!! Something that so many can enjoy, and something to try to achieve.

  4. Jake took some beautiful pictures and thank you for sharing them with us. I must say, amid this deep cold, it is nice seeing spring pics of beautiful flowers. It makes me think it is not as cold out.
    On another note Ruth, thank you for sharing that song at such an appropriate time. When we start counting our blessings, we realize how blessed we truly are. I am glad our paths have crossed and we get to know you through blogging and Facebook.
    We wish for you a very Healthy and Happy New Year!
    Take care!!

  5. Lovely photos and great hymn which I remember having to sing in Sunday School!
    Have a wonderful and blessed 2018, Ruth!

  6. I love this song and am singing out loud, be glad you can't hear me, the tulips at the end are breathtaking. all of Jakes photos are so beautiful . I wish you many blessings in this new year

  7. I count having you as a friend one of my many blessings. Happy New Year, Ruth, and thanks for sharing some more of Jake's beautiful photos.

  8. Gorgeous photos --and makes me yearn for Spring. It's 2 degrees here this morning with snow flurries....

    Happy New Year, my special friend.

  9. What a beautiful post for the start of this new year. Jake's photos are lovely; and I'm sure it warms your heart to share them, as it does ours to see them, on this cold winter day.

  10. Oh I love this song....good to read the words. What beauty was found in the ditch. Jake does beautiful photos. Lady slippers were on endangered list when I was a kid in the 70s

  11. Dear, dear Ruth, Thank you for this lovely post with beautiful photos by Jake and the words to this fantastic old hymn. That is a good tune to have running through my head and heart each and every day. Thank you.

    Have a lovely 2018 ~ FlowerLady

  12. Lovely!!! Hope the new year brings more joy and love and light into your life.

  13. Loved seeing all those flowers on the cold winter day. Paired with the song made it even sweeter.

    Blessings for a lovely new year.

  14. Happy New Year to you too. : )
    Nice to see those blooms!!

  15. gorgeous images - he was a talented photographer!! happy new year!!

  16. I try to do this when I get to thinking/feeling blue....but still this reminder came at a perfect time.

    Happy New Year!

  17. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you Ruth What a colour packed delight of images to bring in the new year and counting our blessings one by one is a great idea.

  18. What a comfort to know and remember that God is in control! Thank you for sharing these beautiful, colorful photos. Many blessings to you and your in 2018.♥

  19. love how you said that "God's fingerprints" so true. well said. Happy 2018!! it's gonna be great for us all. i love your snow shots. but i am so enjoying your springy happy colorful shots with it being so cold out. no snow here, but it is so so so so cold. happy!! ( ;

  20. Jake's photos are really beautiful, Ruth, and I enjoyed reading the words to an old hymn that I used to sing quite often in Sunday School and church. Lovely post! Wishing you a very Happy New Year filled with many blessings! xx Cheryl


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