Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Auld Lang Syne

Well, once again we find ourselves at the edge of a cavern in time.  The time when we say good bye to one year and welcome the new one.  A time where we will spend the next 3 months trying to remember to write 2009 on all of our documents, rather than the 2008 we JUST got used to writing!  Most of us think of Times Square and the "ball" dropping at the stroke of midnight.  This year that iconic symbol is getting a facelift!  The most recent ball is actually parts of the old ball and has been made bigger and better and covered in 2,668 Waterford Crystals!  It weighs 11,875 pounds and is lit with 32,256 LED lights!  WOW!  I guess it takes a lot to make it look this great!  Here are a few pictures of the new ball in action!:

For those of us who have little chance of being in Times Square tonight to see the ball's debut- don't be sad!  With this new ball comes a NEW tradition!  The ball will now remain out year round so everyone who visits the Big Apple will be able to see this wonder in person!  Now to get to NYC!  Anyone for a road trip?

The original ball was beautiful in it's own right and just for "auld lang syne", here's a picture of it!

Wether you're a person who makes resolutions or not, this is the perfect time to reflect on all the events of the past year and look ahead to the ones that are coming in the next.  This was a wonderfully heartbreaking and blessing filled year for my family.  We will miss those who have gone home to Heaven, and welcome with warm hugs those precious ones who have joined our family in 2008.  This was truly a year of marked blessings and 2009 looks to be overflowing with it's own abundance of blessings.  While we prepare for what will prove to be the difficult departure of my brother-in-law for his tour in Iraq, we have great peace knowing that he will
 be serving his country with honor, and we know that God and His angels go with him.  Please keep our family in your prayers, and we will do the same for yours in 2009!

Have a happy and safe New Year and Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The only way to make a resolution and to KEEP it is to make concrete steps in how you intend to make it happen. (Fr. Mooney's New Year's Eve homily 2008) Mom