Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 Photo Memories

Hey Friends,

Welcome to 2022! This is Odie here to wish you a Happy New Year! I am excited about a new page in life.

 I am reminded of a couple verses found in Lamentation 3:22-23.
22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning:
Great is thy faithfulness.

As I approached 2022, part of me was nervous about what lay ahead for this year. The last two years have made me gun shy of plans. Will things actually go according to plan? I am deciding once again to trust God to take care of me. The anticipation of God's plan is better than the nervousness of the unknown.

Looking Back
Most of you know that 2021 was a challenging year for us. It did not go according to our plans. One thing is certain God was in control of the whole situation. He carried us through a rough year. I am incredibly grateful! God was the reason that we survived the struggles of Covid.

Today we are going to scroll down memory lane. I had planned to choose 21 highlights from last year, but that was impossible. How in the world could I settle on just 21? My camera roll for this year was full of countless great memories. Therefore, this post became 2021 Photo Memories.

The good memories started in January and continued all year! I am thankful for the new friends that we made last year. We got to spend a lot of time at home, which turned into a huge blessing. Which meant we could be with family more often and attend home church more than usual. I really can not express how much my family and church family's encouragement helped me through 2021.

My photo memories also reminded me of the value of friendship. We were blessed to see many of our friends from different areas of the country. I treasure those times even more now.

My final conclusion, 2021, had some bumpy weeks and months, parts of which I do not want to re-live. In the end, It was a good year full of blessings! 

Thank you for coming along on my life. I am glad to share my memories and adventures with you, my friends. Many of you had stood by us and prayed for us through the good and bad times. I am so thankful for you! I pray that God blesses you immensely in 2022.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite photo memories of 2021. I include some captions along the way too.

Seeing friends in January.

The Woods in Tennessee.

Oliver in Louisiana.

Maddox and Alexa in Texas.

Sis. Amy Swinnea in Texas

I ate a lot of food from Alcapulco.

February snowfall.

Watching Papaw play music.

First time leaving my house after being quarantined.

It is always a good day when we get to see our Princess JoJo!

I love my Mamaw!

Bro Alan and Sis. Tammy Harris came to visit us in March.

I loved spending time with Jacqueline and Albany!

Visits from Mamaw and Papaw.

Porch picnics with Lisa.

Easter Sunday at Dryden Road

I enjoyed several DQ runs with my grandparents.

These are a few members of my close support team! I love these girls!

Porch picnic with Lisa and Elena.

Beautiful porch furniture. I spent many hours in the summer enjoying my side porch.

Celebrating high school graduations with my cousins Luke and Morgan.

Visitors from Wichita, Kansas.

It was a blessing to be part of our cousin Steve Moore's baptism.

Papaw Eugen's birthday.

Family time.

It was amazing to see Dad anointed while singing after Covid!

A surprise visit from Gunner Burris.

The wedding of Frankie and Elena Simon.

My precious cousin Jackson.

Isaacs concert in June.

A selfie with my pastor.

Friend reunited.

Fourth of July with friends and family.

Sis. Jane and Bro. Bennie visited for lunch.

Boggs reunion fun in Kentucky.

Christmas in July with Katie.

Morgan - Parsons Reunion 2021.

Trip to the Columbus Zoo.

More family time.

I am so thankful for Sis. Bev and Bro. Denny Blevins! I enjoy spending time with them! They are so kind to pick me up for church when I need a ride.

A quick visit with Theresa and Lauren.

Working at campmeeting with Katie.

I am so thankful for Bro. Andrew and Sis. Tiffany Blevins!

Hanging with Emily Burris.

Visiting with friends in Vermont.

Spending time in Maine.

Friends in Everett, Massachusetts.

It was good to see Bro. Samuel Snow in West Virginia. He is a faithful blog reader.

Meeting up with the Taylor and Buris Family in Virginia.

I love spending time with the Deanes.

It was great to see these sweet little ones on our visit to BHC in Elkton, Virginia.

My extraordinary hunting adventure!

Meet up with the Mayhans.

Richton, Mississippi fun.

Spending time with Deidre and Charlie.

Seeing our old friend Pam.

Surprise 36th birthday party.

Campmeeting with the Tolivers.

My Oklahoma family. 😀

Our wonderful friend, Esther.

Sis Rosemary and Bro. Larry Landress came to see us in Kansas.

Another Mayhan sighting.

Gaither concert in Wichita.

Friends and family at Crosslight Chapel Moore, Oklahoma.

Recording an episode with the crew from Pod'n Me podcast.

My Ramp at HighPoint Pentecostal Church in Paducah, Kentucky.

We enjoyed our time with the Stevens.

Bro. David and Sis. Genelle Webb visited us in Central City, Kentucky.

Bro. and Sis. Harris are some of our dearest friends.

We love it when our friends get to officially meet each other.

Home again.

Together again with Rebecca and Sarah.

Thanksgiving 2021 with both sides of my family.

Renae Coffman is one of my superheroes!

Christmas celebration with Albany and Jacqueline.

Christmas 2021 with both sides of the family.

My Cousin Courtney was just a few days away from having her baby girl in this photo. Princess Daniels has now arrived. I hope to introduce you to our newest family member soon.

Glad to be with these two people one more time.

Thank you for joining us today. Have a great New Year!