Tuesday, January 1, 2008


New Year's Eve is always like a huge party at our church. We begin service at 8 p.m. and have many songs, speakers, testimonies from each decade, and break around 10 p.m. for refreshments. After about 30 - 35 minutes of overdosing on sweets, we return to the sanctuary for more singing, testimonies, various speakers and continue until after midnight. The mood is always joyful and the variety is like having a combination pizza. This year we were blessed to have Keith Smith, tenor of freeWAY, as a guest soloist. I must admit, however, my favorite singer this year was Blake. He sang "You Are Mine." Some of the lyrics are, "...You are a breath of fresh air, warm sunshine on my skin, a song in my head playing over again, You are beautiful, and You are mine, You bring laughter to sad days, love in so many ways, a dance to my feet, a song in my heart, a shoulder to cry on when my world falls apart........You are beautiful and You are mine." Bryce just might have competition because Blake is turning into a great singer at only 10 years old. I hope 2008 brings you love, happiness and bountiful blessings from above. Here's a few thoughts to consider for 2008.
Expect great in 2008
Don't be late in 2008
Don't segregate in 2008
Have no hate in 2008
To the lost give God bait, in 2008
Make God your date in 2008
For the singles - get a date in 2008 LOL
Is heaven your fate in 2008?
Stay inside the gate in 2008
Encourage/love/win your mate in 2008
Will you rate in 2008
Put a steak on my plate in 2008 (my mom said this one)
For His return I wait in 2008


  1. Happy New Year! to all the Allards.

    Shirley Buxton

  2. Wishing a very special family, a New Year filled with blessings beyond measure - and may your church be blessed with great revival. Can't forget your wonderful mom, please extend our love to her. Love to you all.

  3. "For the singles - get a date in 2008"

    Hallelujah! It's a confirmation. haha jk

  4. Sis. Jana, have a Happy New Year and a very blessed 2008! Love you!

  5. Jana, I hate that we were not able to come up. I'm glad to see you all had a great time.

    ~Mark Pryor

  6. Happy New Year! Sounds like everyone had a blast!

  7. Your watch night service sounds like ours. I love them. We got home around 2:30am. Even after all the service everyone still wanted to fellowship. It's awesome, the family of GOD!
    Blessings on you and yours in 2008!

  8. Happy New Year to the Allard Household. Many blessings to you all.

  9. Happy New Year to you and yours too Jana. Glad to hear the Allard singing group is growing, but sometimes its hard for me to see Blake 10!!!!!!! He's still just the little "booger bears"!! lol. and yes, a date in 2008 sounds GREAT! lol

  10. Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a wonderful time bringing in '08'. God bless you.

  11. Happy New Year to you and your family. I Know you had a great time in the Lord.


  12. Happy New Year! May this year be the best!

  13. Baby- I think you are right. I think Blake may, in time, be able to outsing Bryce.

  14. Thank you, my friends, for your salutations.

    Mysticskryten - if is hard to believe "Booger Bear" is nearly as tall as me. He is quite a guy!

    Brian - how in the world did we make such wonderful kids?!?!? As a beginner, Blake's stage presence exudes confidence. I think he is going to be really good. You deserve credit for being his wonderful daddy. XO

  15. Bro and Sis Allard and the Delano Church, I sure remember those Night watch Services, and the fun that we all had and the blessings from GOD, we used to have sword drills, and that is the way that I learned the Books of the Bible, so many years ago, Sure wish you all a Great 2008, Love you

  16. Blake is a great singer and when he walks upon that platform it is as though he was born just for that purpose. Even more so to be behind the pulpit. He is a natural up there. He definitely has a call of God upon his life.

    Love you guys and Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year to you and your family Jana!

  18. Cheri - I always loved having sword drills!

    Jolene - Blake never ceases to amaze me. I pray he follows the will of God. I know he has a call of God on his life.

    Carol - I hope you have a blessed new year.