Fast Away the Old Year Passes

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

I keep singing this song today. I think it is because I am glad to be seeing this year pass. As calendar years go, I have never experienced a year more filled with deep disappointment and nearly unendurable anxiety. I could elaborate, but, instead, I think I’ll recall some of the very good things about this year.

First, Clara and Levi started the year off right by getting married! And that meant that I got to see my brother and sister and their families, again (among hosts of other much-loved friends and relatives, of course!).


And this year, we opened a bakery.






a bakery. Amazing.


Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th anniversary. That meant that I got to see my brother and sister and their families, again (among hosts of other much-loved friends and relatives, of course!).




And, indescribably, miraculously, beautifully, Harriet Alice was born.


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I got to spend time with precious long-distance friends (and local friends…I just don’t take a lot of photos of them obviously!).




reunion Cheryl


I even got to take a couple of trips with the kids, thanks to Jacob.


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And I got to go to Silver Bella!


We were welcomed into a new church family (this photo was taken at church after we played music one morning, another blessing) which has provided healing.


The most treasured highlight of this year is how much time I’ve been allowed to spend with my whole family. We’ve supported each other on a daily basis, where the rubber meets the road. We’ve celebrated weddings and anniversaries, Thanksgiving…




and Christmas.





I am blessed beyond measure to have spent so much time with this family.

Christmas photo edited without names

And I’ve had another year of getting to love and work with Joey. Whew. What a year it has been. I’m so glad to be married to someone with inscrutably strong faith and hope, an unbelievable work ethic, genuine integrity…and a cute smile under that goatee.


Yes, amidst the challenges, there were many, many good things this year! I’m looking forward to 2011. Hail the new ye lads and lasses!


18 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Joey said,

    What can I say? It takes two to tango! Love ya dear and my, don’t you look nice in those photos!

  2. 3

    Ginger said,

    What a beautiful blog! You family is amazing and I have no clue how you do all you do. I struggle to get a shower with 3 just kidding! Seriously, I applaud your efforts!

  3. 5

    Paula said,

    and thru it all you’ve managed to maintain both your sanity and your girlish figure! My hero!

  4. 7

    Clara said,

    YAY! I love seeing all of the sweet faces of all of the sweet people who are in our lives.

  5. 9

    JennyD said,

    Awww, what a nice post! Happy New Year, Mrs. H!!!! You guys are AMAZING!!

    One bad thing about 2010? The first year, I have NOT seen any Hajadas. 😦 I’ve seen at least one of you every year since Colorado!

  6. 11

    Jacob said,

    At the risk of looking like a middle school girl….<3 ❤ ❤

  7. 13

    Laura said,

    Oooh, Miss Lisa! You really, truly are amazing. !!!!Happiest 2011!!!

  8. 15

    MOM said,

    Loved seeing all of the family and miscellaneous photos. It was QUITE A YEAR, indeed. We all made it through and on to 2011 for another fabulous adventure!

  9. 17

    Karla said,

    hey Lisa! Your photos are so lovely…happy fresh start!

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