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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Looking Back at 2018

The birth of a New Year is a time of reflection, bringing with it an opportunity for change....for developing a greater appreciation of what is most important in life. ~ Victoria magazine

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to my blog! It's a new year and I have been reflecting on 2018. Although the past year or so was a difficult one for our family, I decided to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. 

The Lord knows the trials we are going through and if we allow Him to, He will take us through those times with as much grace as possible. 

I honestly believe that we all have something we can be grateful for. If we set our minds on these things, we can enjoy the beauty, the joy, and the blessings that come our way every day. 

This week I have decided to share a recap of the past year's posts. I may have skipped one but the majority of them are here; one from each month.  

In January I shared A Holiday Tea with my beloved Old Country Roses.

In February, I used some blue tea ware accented with a little red for Valentines Day.

This is from the month of March. A touch of pink to welcome Spring.

For April, I brought out the aqua tea ware and chicks as well as bunnies. 

I took a bit of a break in May.
June was apple blossom time so I shared my Blossom Time china which I absolutely love!

When asked if my cup is half-filled or half-empty; my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. ~ unknown 

In July I found a new teapot that I just had to bring home. I had titled that particular post, "I've Been Naughty," and I had to giggle at the number of peeps I had that week. Funny how a post like that gets so much attention!

In August I did a post on our walk through the gardens at The PEI Preserve Company which inspired my post on Peonies and Roses
My roses are from my garden and I used my beautiful rose themed china.

September arrived and I made my son a birthday cake. This lovely cake was similar to a Victorian sponge cake only made of chocolate. A luscious cake sandwiched with whipped cream and strawberry jam. My son loved it!

In October, I shared Pumpkin Tales. The story of Cinderella and pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. ~ Richard Carlson 

Once November arrived, I was beginning the ABC's of Christmas. This one was the letter B for Baking...

December of course, is the most wonderful time of the year; Christmas! Naturally, I set the table with some festive tea ware and gingerbread cookies.

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. ~ Margaret Thatcher

I hope you enjoyed my look back at 2018. 

I pray you will be blessed abundantly in this New Year, and remember to smile! A smile will make you feel better as well as those around you.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going's tough;
But I've got loving ones around me,
And that makes me rich enough!

I thank God for His blessings
And the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinkin' from my saucer
'Cause my cup has overflowed!

Jimmy Dean ~ I'm Drinkin' From My Saucer

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Your posts are always lovely and uplifting Sandi! It was fun to look back with you!

    I agree about finding something to be grateful for!

  2. What a great recap! I know 2018 had its challenges so I'm glad that you were able to continue your blogging. Your photos are beautiful and could even be turned into a calendar!

  3. I was just thinking the same thing as your friend Margie above...your posts/pictures would make a lovely calendar. I get a new Teapots and Teatime calendar every year from my sister as a Christmas present. It is lovely, but I love your teatimes so really should consider it! Complete with your recipes, could be a new source of income for you! Anyway, we are blessed to enjoy it for free, and I wouldn't want to spoil the fun! Hoping your 2019 will be filled with many new adventures and blessings...and good health!! Have a wonderful week!

  4. I so enjoyed looking back with you through 2018, sweet friend. All of your photos could make a beautiful calendar! Thank you for your inspirational quotes that you share. That one from Jimmy Dean in drinking from his saucer, was a cute one! I hope you have a wonderful week! 😘

  5. A wonderful retrospective. I so agree that even with a very difficult year we have so much to be thankful for! Had to laugh at the I'm Drinking From My Saucer... so apropos! Praying 2019 will overflow whith His joy, grace and mercy! We can't go worng with that! Thanks my dear sister!

  6. Dearest Sandi,
    Lovely post!
    Beautiful pictures.
    Best wishes to you and yours this new year 2019.
    Sometimes the trials of life are a bit much. Need time to regroup, refresh and rest.
    God bless you and give you strength,
    d from on the Kansas Prairie

  7. I enjoyed looking back with you dear Sandi. The pictures are so pretty and the one with the cake is making me wish I had a slice. LOL! Happy New Year to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Hi Sandy
    It's fun to look back at all the pretty tea cups and saucers and desserts, they make me want a piece of that birthday cake right now LOL
    Love your December tea cup and saucer, I am on the hunt for one

  9. Sandi, I enjoyed looking back with you. When I saw the theme of your post, I was going to pick a favorite; but, no, can't do it. Your posts are all perfectly lovely, and I always enjoy your photos and quotes. Wishing you a wonderful 2019, with more Ups than 2018 and fewer Downs.

  10. Oh my Sandi, what a wonderful recap! Each photograph was truly delightful and I know so very special. Hope 2019 is a year filled with blessings! I'm happy I found your blog, I've been away from blogging, I'll be back to see you!



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