Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Year and A New Mantel

And now it's 2014. I understand the symbolism behind the practice of making resolutions, but in reality, a new year is no different than a new day. With every sunrise, new mercies appear, along with new opportunities to try harder and live better than we did the day before. I pray I don't squander the time I am blessed with in 2014.

Of course, a new year demands a new mantel, and I decided to showcase my three Willow Tree figurines. Each one was given to me as a gift, and each one has great significance.

My twin sister gave me the "Angel of Hope" during a difficult season.

Leslie gave me the "Mother and Daughter" after divorce left us with each other.

And on my first Grandparents Day last year, she gave me this "Grandmother" figurine.
I smile every time I see it.

Life is so fragile, my friends, and we aren't promised tomorrow. But I hope you are blessed with many beautiful tomorrows during the coming year, and that you seize each moment of every new day.

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  1. Beautiful mantel, Gayle! And those sweet figurines...I have the exact same grandmother one :) It seems like making good use of our time is on everyone's mind...I posted about it last night and today at church our pastor started a new series entitled 30 Days to can you imagine living everyday like you only has 30 days left? Something to ponder, for sure.

  2. I love your mantel and the pretty willow angels.. A lovely display! Have a happy day and week ahead!

  3. Stoppin in from Amaze me Monday...your mantel is perfect! Now that Christmas is put away, I have some very bare places to fill ! Your Willow Tree ornaments must be so special to you....thanks for sharing them with us, your mosaic looks wonderful with them all together. I appreciate your words that each day is new!

  4. Beautiful! Your mantel is so pretty and I love that you included the angels that are so special to you.

  5. I love the way you decorated your mantle. I love Willow Tree! I have a few too. Sending you best wishes for 2014. Hugs to you, dear sister friend.

  6. Hi Gayle! It's nice to "meet" you. This is my first visit. I love your mantle. It is so pretty and wonderful for the winter months. I am your newest follower via GFC. I hope you will drop by for a visit and follow me back. have a great day!

  7. Your mantel is truly beautiful. Puts a lump in my throat. What a meaningful way to take your first steps into 2014. May it be blessed one hundred fold for you, Gayle.

    Happy highways,

  8. Your mantel is warm and lovely. I'm working on one today so I'm glad to be getting some inspiration. I happen to love Willow Tree. Yours are particularly special because there is a story attached to each one.

    Hoping that this year ahead adds GOOD stories to your life story.

  9. Hi Gayle! My name is Heather and I was wondering if you would be willing to answer my question about your blog! If you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com I would greatly appreciate it!