A New Year

I love calendars. It’s exciting to turn over the page and look at the clean slate of the coming month. For many years my friend Katy and I made calendars for each other, and I still hang my favorites on the walls of my studio. The one she made me in 2013 gave me the final push toward creating this blog.

"The Blog on Whirlwind Hill Calendar," Katy Gilmore, 2013

“The Blog on Whirlwind Hill Calendar,” Katy Gilmore, 2013

Now my daughter makes brightly colored calendars with photos of our family and our grandsons. I feel warmed and comforted by these efforts and the years of memories that made them.

Tomorrow I will retire my 2014 journal and open the blank pages of a new one. Since 1956 I’ve written in a diary every night. It’s both a habit and a necessity for me. And when I sit down to write I think of my great-grandmother, who also was a journal keeper.

My 2014 journal

My 2014 journal

On New Year’s Day in 1863, she married my great-grandfather, William E. Hall. Fifty years later they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary.

January 1, 1913 – “Our Golden Wedding – fifty years – one hundred and twenty-five invitations. Nearly one hundred here. Some very lovely gifts – letters – cards- everyone seemed to have a good time. Cake, salad, rolls, macaroni, ice cream & coffee – salted peanuts. Reception from two until five. Fine time in evening. The day fine.” – Lydia Jane Hall

Each year in her journal she said goodbye to the old year and welcomed in the new.

Thursday, December 31, 1914 – “The last day of the old year, and pleasant and all in fairly good health. Of course we all have our troubles, which are small in comparison with some around us. Let us be thankful for past mercies that we may receive more. God help us to bear our infirmities, and to look to Him for aid.” Lydia Jane Hall

January 1, 1924 – “The old year has passed with its joys and sorrows and the new year commences. May it be a happy one to us all – God helping us – forgiving our many sins. Leading us in paths of righteousness that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. A nice day for New Year’s Day. All well and happy. A light snow on the ground – some ice which makes good sliding for the children.

I hope the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 “will be a happy one to us all.” Let’s turn over the calendars and start the year with smiles and cheer. Happy New Year!

"Blue Moon - 12/31/2009," Carol Crump Bryner, gouache,

“Blue Moon – 12/31/2009,” Carol Crump Bryner, gouache,

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6 thoughts on “A New Year

  1. Rebecca Norton

    Lydia Jane Hall. What a woman after God’s own heart. I too journal like John Hall Norton’s wife taught me as she set the daily example as my mother in law. My journal is a prayer journal that my husband buys me for Christmas each year and it gives all kinds of world statistics for prayer. http://www.ywampublishing.com is their website. Author Cynthia Heald first told me about how valuable this calendar is to her.
    Thanks again for a wonderful blog for the New Year Carol.

  2. Netzy

    Carol you have written a tremendously heartwarming blog. You always share a special thought or incident that warms my heart. Love the Blue Moon guoache! Happy New Year….


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