Sunday, January 6, 2013

Early Retreat: Closing 2012

I spent time at my brother's house this weekend.

 It was an early retreat... I had time to relish every moment that I had last December before finally closing my diary for 2012...

We continually give thanks to the Lord for all His goodness!

Belle's countdown before December 8, her Communion.

My grandchild's baptism, December 9.

12-12-12 Celebration at Shangri-La and our journal distribution.

Lunch-out with colleagues

Endless gift wrapping and gift giving...

Belle's first hospital experience, December 18-21.

Sophie's visit, December 24.

Healthy food for Christmas 2012

Feast of the Holy Family, 30 December.


  1. It seems like you had a REALLY busy December, Melissa. What happened to Belle? Why was she hospitalized?

    And yes, God is good... always. :-)

    1. Hi Irene :) I focused more on work actually :P

      My niece was hospitalized for dehydration. She was continuously vomiting and had diarrhea for several days. She was finally diagnosed of ameobiasis. She attended a party the day before she had vomiting...hmmm...

      Yes, God is ;)

  2. Beautiful photos and memories to cherish, Melissa! Thank you for sharing them with us. And, I'm glad Belle is well now and is going to be taking her first Communion. How exciting! I will say a prayer for her.
    Love and blessings!

    1. Thanks Martha :) Belle had her first communion last December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please pray for Arvy too :) I hope the catechist will help me through with this this month :)

      Lots of love!

  3. so sweet! thank you for sharing your reflections on the past year -- a lovely stroll down memory lane...

    the food all looks SO GOOD! yum!

    i wonder if the photo of your 'grandchild' may be what we would call your 'god child'? i don't think you have any grandchildren...;-)

    1. She is my grandchild :) And as I told you, I have lots of them.

      I think I have a good habit of cherishing wonderful memories...I wish I gave my all in everything I did...

      Lots of love Linda :*

  4. My love to dear Belle and to you of course.

    1. Lots of love to you and your mom prayers always.

  5. Lovely memories of a very eventful year. So glad to see that Belle is preparing for First Holy Communion. ♥

    PS: Like Linda too, I was struck by the 'grandchild' :)

    1. She had her First Communion last December 8 BS :)

      I do have grandchildren and so does Belle :)