2015: Amazing Grace

My 2015 moments, never to be forgotten.


Happy New Year you lovely people, thank you for the company the last 12 months. Wishing you all a healthy, happy 2016.

87 Responses to “2015: Amazing Grace”

  1. December 31, 2015 at 11:13 pm

  2. December 31, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Happy New Year Chips!

  3. 11 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Oh Chips thank you for being here for all of us. I don’t even want to think about where we would all be if you hadn’t started this community for all of us so we could express our love of this country and our exceptional President, First Family and all this administration. We all will be looking forward to 2016 as a year beyond measure. We will all be in awe of our great President.

  4. 15 carolyn
    December 31, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Happy New Year’s to all of you lovely people. You really gave me strength and courage this year and I appreciate all of you very much. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures. They brought back wonderful memories. The one that means the most to me is the one of Senator Pinckney’s funeral. That was the last television my husband and I watched together. He was so thrilled to hear President Obama one more time. Also, when the choir sang “It is Well” he said “That is what I want at my funeral.” and my best friend sang it, with the entire gathering singing the chorus. That is a precious memory to me, and it solidified for him what would be sung a month later, his wish, his desire. I am doing better, I think, still missing him, but beginning to build a little.

    • 16 MightyPamela
      December 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      โค Carolyn _/|\_ โค

    • 17 mtmarilyn
      December 31, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Carolyn, I always think of you in my morning meditations. Sending you love and strength. Tomorrow is a new day and New Year.

    • 18 arapaho415
      January 1, 2016 at 12:19 am

      Good 2016 to you, Carolyn, blessings to you and your family after your unfathomable loss this year (still 2015 in US time zones west of EST).

      Endless admiration for your fortitude, and always enjoy hearing about the wonderful times you shared with your gracious husband.

      My photo of the year vote was for the hug and kiss between President Obama and Vice President Biden at Beau’s memorial service. The Selma photograph represented iconic resolve, but to me the unabashed unity of the Executive Office that PBO and @VP demonstrate is a model for our democracy going forward.

      Happy New Year.

    • January 1, 2016 at 1:35 am

      โค What a poignant memory, carolyn. Two beautiful hymns filled with meaning. God be with you as you step out into this new year.

  5. 23 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 31, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I have tried to catch up, but I am WWWAAAAAYYYYY behind! So before the new years is in and I want to wish you all a very happy and productive 2016!

    Chips…not sure what to add to the previous comments about this wonderful blog! Without this haven, I am not sure where I would be during this time of the Obama Presidency…so THANK YOU!

    Stay safe everyone…we have another beautiful year to support our “lame duck” president! (BTW…funny that we do not hear that term anymore!)


  6. 25 MightyPamela
    December 31, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    โค {{{{{ ๐Ÿป Chipsticks ๐Ÿป }}}}} โค

  7. December 31, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful 2015 moments, Chips……and thank you for this wonderful place. I come here often and am always glad I did. Thank you to all who contribute your knowledge and caring thoughts. Happy New Year!

  8. 30 Ladyhawke
    December 31, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    {{{{Chips}}}}}, thanks for the memories. Happy New Year. Love you madly. xoxo LH

  9. 32 MightyPamela
    December 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Why on earth was I thinking I’d be able to stay awake until midnight?? HaHa! Powering down fast over here on the left coast, guess I’ll gauge midnight by NYC time zone! See y’all next year! Thank you, each and everyone, for all the Light, Love, Caring, Laughter and Wit – a most charming and gratifying place to have dwelt in 2015!! {{{{{ TOD }}}}}. For sure I would not have fared too well without the compassion and empathy so freely given here. โค

  10. 33 jody delwiche
    December 31, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I don’t post much here, no one on the site really knows me, but I do read every single day. To say I am grateful for TOD is a bit like saying I love you to my grandsons-it never really translates because your heart is just too full for words,

    I wrote a note to friends and family today-which includes TO~

    Old Chinese Proverb~ “The way you do anything is the way you do everything”

    No need for resolutions~ 2016 is really a continuation of our lives. Time moves on and with God’s grace, we move with it

    Let Peace,Tolerance, Forgiveness, Redemption and Kindness with a healthy dose of laughter be our first and last thought of each day.
    Change happens every day of our lives. We know because we met a man that changed our lives so profoundly we have come to realize it’s a daily walk we are fortunate to make-one year rolls into the next. We survived and thrived against voracious obstructionists odds. He epitomized peace, tolerance, forgiveness redemption, and undeniable kindness and kept humor as his sword.

    Here’s to tomorrow and the next and next and next…maybe our President knew that old Chinese proverb from birth-“The way you do anything is the way you do everything”-and he did it just right-Obama style..

  11. 40 arapaho415
    December 31, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Happy New Year, TODville.

    Fellow west coaster tweet, just moments ago, LOL. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 41 arapaho415
      December 31, 2015 at 11:57 pm


      Just noticed @jonfavs is in Hawaii now.

      Hope he’s been able to join in on some #FirstFamily vacation fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. December 31, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR……2016

  13. 45 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2016 at 12:04 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Chips & TOD!!!!

  14. January 1, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Well done Ms. Chips for a fabulous year and a fabulous collage of voice and images to round it out.
    Bravi to you, NW, and others for such great work!

  15. 47 sherijr
    January 1, 2016 at 12:06 am

    woohoo Happy New Year Chips & all of TOD ~ wishing all of us the very best possible 2016 and thank you for always being here, everyone of you throughout 2015!

  16. 48 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Happy New Year to the entire TOD community! Best wishes for a 2016 that realizes all your aspirations.

  17. January 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Happy New Year TOD friends. Praying for good health, happiness and love for each one of you in 2016 and beyond. This will be a bittersweet year as we watch our President complete his second term. Let’s savor every moment of it together!!

    • 50 arapaho415
      January 1, 2016 at 12:30 am

      Good 2016 to you, GAMP.

      My thoughts exactly — my New Year’s resolution is to savor every moment of President Obama’s final (:( ) year in office, while eagerly anticipating how much good he will do for Americans once he leaves office. He and Michelle will demonstrate how much change/progress individual citizens can contribute to America and its democracy.

  18. January 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Happy New Year to everyone.

  19. 53 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Yes this gif is huge, but there are a lot of you all over the world. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ (Plus I didn’t know how to make it smaller.)

    Thanks to all of you TODers for a wonderful and supportive year; I wish you all a wonderful, healthy 2016!

  20. January 1, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Happy New Year to the First Family.

  21. January 1, 2016 at 12:19 am

    It’s 12:12 a.m. and I am filled with gratitude for this circle of kindness, smarts, humor, compassion, insight, wisdom, fun, and goodness, a circle of good inspiring people I am humbled and grateful to know and on whom I depend for light, knowledge, and spiritual tune-ups. Thank you Chips for this another year of TOD. Thank you everyone here, putting logs on the fire, bringing snacks, pointing out the constellations and passing out essential hugs and energy, with jokes. TOD is essential to my health and well being. May this year glow with blessings, on TOD and on our President, his family and everyone who stands with him. These photos have transformed my perspective on the year 2015. Happy New Year!

  22. January 1, 2016 at 12:19 am

  23. 57 CEB
    January 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Happy New Year, TOD ohana.

  24. January 1, 2016 at 12:22 am

  25. 61 taiping1
    January 1, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thank you Chips

  26. 62 susanne
    January 1, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Happy New Year to the TOD Ohana!

    Still only 7:30 here, so just finished supper, listening to our neighbors’ kids firecrackers, and prepping my most resonant pots and pans for a big banging midnight! Our First Family is probably listening to the same sounds, and enjoying a warm, balmy evening by the ocean.

    • 63 arapaho415
      January 1, 2016 at 1:04 am

      Happy New Year, Susanne.

      See @jonfavs tweet upthread (LOL). Maybe he’ll join the First Family in ringing in 2016. Warms my heart to think so — he was so instrumental to then-Senator Obama’s success during the 2007-08 campaign, and seems fitting for him to be part of the celebration leading into the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency.

      We know that if it were possible, Barack Obama would have done everything himself during that iconic, historic, inspirational campaign, but that’s not humanly possible. Among his other talents, PBO has a keen knack for identifying real talent that is not dependent on Ivy League credentials (e.g., Jon Favreau, David Plouffe, Josh Earnest, etc.), appreciates and rewards true loyalty.

      • 64 susanne
        January 1, 2016 at 1:39 am

        I feel certain there is a wonderful gathering of people who the first family feels entirely at home with, all joining in on celebrating this momentous presidency in its final year. I hadn’t noticed that tweet– thanks for bringing it to my attention, Arapaho! You’re right, PBO has changed the face of action in Washington, and the world will never be the same! Oh, how I wish this presidency could go on and on and on! But I know our first family is ready to move into their next chapter, and I have a strong feeling it will bring them back to Hawaii again and again ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. January 1, 2016 at 12:39 am

    A Very Happy New Year to you Beloved TODers. You make life so much more enjoyable with your wit, passion and fierceness. Thanks for traveling this Obama journey and so much more with me. Cheers!!!! May your wildest Dreams come true this year. Happy 2016! ” Let’s break a leg”!!!!

  28. 66 CR
    January 1, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Happy New Year Chipsticks!

  29. 67 arapaho415
    January 1, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Thank you, Chips, NerdyW, all BTs and everyone who posts comments here.

    Heartfelt gratitude for posting information and insight not readily available elsewhere.

    Reminder that Los Angeles is also “braving” the media-induced terrorism fear tonight:

  30. 68 Dudette
    January 1, 2016 at 1:16 am

  31. January 1, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Blwyddyn newydd dda i bawb! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– My deepest gratitude and my highest blessings to everyone.

  32. 70 HZ
    January 1, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Happy New Year Chips, and my TOD family. Chips, you have given me so much joy from this beautiful space that you created. I will ever be so grateful for the intellect, the compassion, the truthfulness, the inspiration, and the writings of all those who have given me so much to think about during the presidency of PBO.

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Lots of hugs and thanks to you, Chips))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  33. January 1, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Peace, blessings, and renewed healing to all the TOD community this coming year. In the example of our President let us be ruled by hope and not fear as we confront the challenges of 2016.

  34. 75 vcprezofan2
    January 1, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Well folks, it behoves me to mosey off line as I’m on breakfast detail in a short while.

    From the bottom of my heart I wish each one of you a 2016 filled with joy, progress, improved health….. and fewer hate-filled types!

  35. 76 Anjo
    January 1, 2016 at 2:30 am

    HAPPY NEW YEARRRRRRR…May your joys and blessings be many and your hurts and disappointments be few…TOD to the world…

  36. 77 MadameSoph
    January 1, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Happy West Coast New Year TOD!

    Thank you Chips and everyone who is part of this wonderful community!

    Love, light, healing and health to all!

  37. 78 MadameSoph
    January 1, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Also Happy Mew Year to Danny, Kasper, Nickelby and all the kitty, doggie and other furry friends of TOD!

  38. January 1, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Happy New year to all at TOD! It’s been a great year under the leadership of Chips and Nerdy and all the BT’s. Photos are so delightful. Heartfelt wishes for a great year ahead. We had the New year’s baby this year. So happy to enjoy the pleasure of this in my last year of work.

  39. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    January 1, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Thank You Ms. Chips. That was exquisite.

    Happy New Year my fellow TOD’ers!!!

  40. 81 Roberta in MN
    January 1, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Happy New Year to you Chips, Danny and to all the TOD Family. This has been such an eventful year and I want to thank all the family here that kept me and others on an even keel. The picture and song to start of the this post was “Amazing” Thank you from the bottom of my heart Chips.
    Love you all.

  41. January 1, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Happy New Year everyone…

    i can’t get enough of this video…brings me to tears every time….oh how i am going to miss the President

  42. January 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

  43. January 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Why in the world would CBS Morning News hire that Peggy Noonan on their show. I guess it’s not to be surprise, they have that Frank Luntz up there too. This will cause me to stop watching.

  44. January 1, 2016 at 8:18 am

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