Happy New Year

New Years 2019

It is hard to imagine that 2019 has already come and gone. I have a feeling I say that every year…..but every year it always does surprise me that another year has come and gone.

This past New Year’s Eve we celebrated; as we always do…with friends. Each year 3 of the couples are in charge of coming up with the evening’s theme, food and games. This year we chose the 20s as we were ringing in the 2020s.

The photo does make me laugh, as our parties are held in our church youth building and alcohol has never been involved. I also have to grin about the candy cigarettes dangling from some mouths. We had candles on the tables that could not be lit, as no one had any matches or lighters…..no one smokes in this group!

Through the night we discovered many new facts about the 20s…..games that were introduced during that time (Yahtzee & Bunco), foods that showed up (Baby Ruth candy bars, Oreos and Red velvet cake), and what people were famous for (I had no idea Corrie Ten Boom was also famous for being the first licensed woman watchmaker during the 20s).

There was lots of laughter and the sharing of stories. The conversation flowed easy, as is normal when friends get together. There are so many memories with this group of people.

Through the years we have shared parties, births of children and grandchildren, deaths of family members, sickness, surgeries, health, weddings, funerals and everything in between. We have shared life and been made better people for that sharing.

The older I get, the more I value friendships. Friends…true friends…get us through life’s hardest moments. Friends know when to help “fix” things and when to sit and listen.

Friends share joys like the joys are theirs and grieve when you grieve. A really good friend allows you to be stupid and doesn’t let you look stupid alone. Friends are family of the heart. This group of people are those type of friends.

May the new year find you with friends. Friends that “stick closer than a brother.” (Prov. 18:24). May you be richly blessed with relationships of the heart and bless those friends in return.

Happy New Year my friends!


The greatest gift of life is friendship,
and I have received it.

β€”Β Hubert H Humphrey

21 thoughts on “Happy New Year

    • thechickengrandma says:

      Happy New Year to you also Lisa! Your comment about my dress makes me smile. I could not find a dress so I hauled out some old curtains and made it. My husband is the guy in the bibs with the jug πŸ™‚ and we had such a great time.


  1. bcparkison says:

    What a fun time that must have been. Me? In bed way before the clock said we were in a new year …didn’t even hear a pop or boom. But the year did change and I hope you and yours have a wonderful New Year .

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We were one of the couples in charge this year so we got to bed way too late! Clean up always takes some time. We did have a wonderful time with this great bunch of people. It is good to have friends near and far. You have a blessed New Year Beverly.

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  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    Ah – it looks like all of you great people had a good time watching the New Year appear. Friends are what make life so enjoyable. Hugs and love to you friend.

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  3. Margy says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours. Love the photo – sounds like a great get together.
    We spent New Years with our just about oldest friends. Not much drinking either. At our age it takes too long to recover from a late night and alcohol, so we just have a late night!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      LOL Margy. I had to laugh about taking to long to recover. It DOES take time to recover from those late nights. It has been a long time since I have come home at 1:30 in the morning. It was our turn to host with 2 other couples and cleaning up always takes time. I did sleep in the next morning and did a whole lot of nothing on New Year’s Day.


    • thechickengrandma says:

      Our pastor came up with the 20s idea. He is sitting to the left of my husband (the guy in bibs holding a jug). We are a pretty tame group but love to celebrate the new year with a party. Lots of laughter and lots of memories with this bunch.

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