Location: Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx: Snow, cold
A new year lies before us like a book, waiting to be written. Another opportunity to “get it right”. Ever hopeful, ever forward, even in the midst of crazy and/or cool moments, we bring along our knowledge and experience of the past into our future. What could possibly go wrong, right? Cough. It usually DOES go wrong at just the worst possible moment……..But we can do this. Let’s make the best of it. Let’s give it a good go of making better decisions. Of loving who we are. Remember, your smile is your logo. Your personality is your business card. And how you leave others feeling after an experience with you is your trademark. And what a wonderful thought that the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet! GAHHHHH!
And if you are considering establishing new resolutions for the year, take a look at these wise words from a woman from a religious denomination other than mine – but of like-mind:
“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking the kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.” – Majorie Hinkley.
I don’t do resolutions, but Mrs. Hinkley sure has a way with words! And, a remarkable way with kindness.
I am crazy/busy at the moment. As the new Church Treasurer, January is going to be a very busy month for me:
1. Balance 2017 4th qtr books.
2. Prepare 2017 (final) Annual Report for the Board
3. Prepare 2018 Budget for the Board
4. File W-2 employer form with IRS before 1/30 – (Pastor wages)
5. Prepare and distribute 2017 record of donations to each parishioner
6. Prepare church 990 IRS form for filing
7. Box up 2017 files and start new 2018 files
8. Update procedures in my “Standard Operating Procedures” handbook for the Treasurer, with January tax duties – it will be my first time, so I know that there will things that pop up unexpectedly, and I will need to document it all so that I don’t make the same mistake(s) next year.
9. I’m sure that I have forgotten something – but perhaps I will be better at saying “No” in the future when asked to volunteer for duties……..But I really can’t say no – Jesus didn’t say no when he gave his life for me. I remember HIM every time I feel tired or weary from my volunteer things. So, onward.
The blog hop theme over at Pixelscrapper is “Treasured”. You will find many other interpretations of that theme over at the official Blog Hop site, and I encourage you to visit and download all of the other free kits. The talent of the other designers is really awesome.
My kit is CU friendly. You know the routine by now, all my designs are free. I simply ask that you show a kindness to a stranger, in return.
Additionally, I have included a download of four treasure pieces. They are in a separate download because they do not meet the minimum design standards. I did not scan these images at the minimum of 300 DPI – they are images from the internet, and they were trimmed, sharpened, and enhanced with beads or other small things. Therefore, they are not sharp and clear, nor are the edges sharp and defined. I offer them only as an additional enhancement to your work, if clarity is not a consideration. The two round ones are museum pieces from the 9th century, the bottom right one is called the “Strickland Brooch”, and is at the British museum. I have added the blue beads to it.
Thank you for your kind words this past year – I am truly blessed beyond measure. And in return, I wish YOU many blessings in the coming new year –