Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

It's not as glamorous as it sounds.
And we love it.
We had our glamour years 'pre-kids' when my husband worked for a decade in the gaming business. We are now content with never setting foot near a casino on New Year's Eve again!
Last night we allowed the kids to stay up late (Read: 9pm at our house), we ate take out, I fell asleep while watching a movie and woke up at 11:30, just in time to ring in the New Year properly. Night owl that I am, unless some sort of project is keeping me up, I'm sound asleep...I would have been perfectly content sleeping through to 2009, but being married to a commemorator, there are certain sacrifices that are worth making...
We have a great view of the Strip from our deck, which in years past was great for both 4th of July and New Year's Eve fireworks. But, after the Monte Carlo fire this year, hotels chose not to shoot the fireworks from the rooftops. So after 2 minutes of a somewhat obstructed view, we moved back inside and watched the remaining 6 minutes of fireworks on television. Much better. We were warm by the fire, could hear the music the show was choreographed to, and had a great view of all the excitement.....excitement we were more than glad to be missing, while our children slept peacefully down the hall. This is the life. To top it off, we woke up this morning without feeling as though we had been run over by a truck which I'm sure is not the case for many that were celebrating on the Strip last night!
This past year has held oh, so many ups and downs (what year doesn't?) and we are thankful for another one to serve the Lord and enjoy His blessings. I am a strong believer that we should not wait until New Year's Day to make resolutions, take stock of our lives, look at where we have come from and evaluate where we are headed. (I make resolutions regularly) But, I also believe we should not miss an opportunity (such as a new year) to turn over a new leaf, start some new habits, ditch some bad ones and who knows, since the rest of the world is doing it too, you may find some support!

One of my favorite promises in the Bible is this:
"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness." (Lamentations 3)
God's mercies are new EVERY morning, this first day of 2009 and through the rest of the year!

Looking for a New Year's Resolution with daily and eternal value? Check out Hilary's December Challenge and make it your 2009 goal!


Leslie said...

Thank you for your ever-inspiring writing. I love the life you live, too. We are very blessed and it's good to acknowledge it. The "ups and downs" are all part of a beautiful package of life. You have it right, Kristin. Love you- Les

joey said...

Hi Kristin, just dropping by to wish you a happy new

Saved by Grace said...

Wow!! That was awesome, very well said. I always look forward to reading your blogs.

In His Love,

pondering said...

Hi Kristin, happy new year! God bless you and your family in this upcoming year. Though we don't really talk much, it's fun keeping in (loose) touch with you. I'm thankful to know you.

Anne-Marie said...

Hi Kristin

Happy New year. I am looking forward to keeping in touch this year.

Anne-Marie SBS23

Cathy said...

What a great post! My in-laws live in Las Vegas...we usually visit every Thanksgiving but did not get to go this year - airline tickets are expensive for 4 people!