Celebrate A New Year!

Screen shot 2013-12-29 at 10.10.16 PMWe get to celebrate newness! A chance to start over, to repartake in grace and mercy. To remember to live in right now. To grow in every event that comes in our day.

Your mercies are new every morning
So let me wake with the dawn
When the music is through or so it seems to be
Then let me sing a new song, old things gone
Every day it’s true, You make all Your mercies new.
~Nichole Nordeman

I got to welcome the New Year in with some friends from work, a fellow third-culture kid and her sweet family, and their crew of family and friends. We had an hors d’oeuvres (is that really how you spell that word?!) potluck, and lots of fun conversation. I got to hang out with an amazing human being who works for child protective services–a tough, difficult job, and just talk about life and how much you get to really feel like your life’s work makes a difference here. And the simplicity and community and warmth of Nome.

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Nome fireworks!

Then I went over to Phil
and Sarah’s house for a
little visit and a bubbly
drink to toast in the new year. Besides house parties to celebrate the New Year, the City of Nome puts on a fireworks display usually over West Beach.
I was going to head down to the frozen beach to watch fireworks, but missed the messages from my friends. So instead I caught a few over the rooftops of Nome.

I’m told that you have to catch the New Year’s fireworks if you want to see them in Nome, because there’s not enough darkness in July! Imagine that! :)

And got to hear the most beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne–an Artist medley, and I imagine a circle of friends sitting around singing, and reflecting on their friendships of the past. sung by Jesca Hoop, Butch Walker, Buddy, Anya Marina, Cary brothers, Greg Laswell Lenka, Holly Conlan, Ingrid Michaelson, Jim Bianco, Jonah Matranga, Joshua Radin, Laura Jansen, Meiko, Sara Bareilles & Tim Jones
Listen here:

And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a hand o’ thine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

May your new year be filled with thousands of happy memories and love and daily grace and hope and kindness! Much love!

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