Although I am blessed, the holidays can be a crazy stressful time for me. There have been some years when all the decorations came right out the twenty-five boxes and were hung or placed with ease, the cards created and sent in a couple of days, and shopping finished so early, I wrapped presents and went skiing!
Not this year.
I struggled with everything. After drawing the illustrations, I stayed home from skiing last weekend to wrangle my printer. Hand blown ornaments slipped from their hooks and exploded on the floor. Instead of simplifying my shopping list, I kept adding to it. I’ve worked super hard since the first of November.
I am finally kicking back to relax and reflect on how I am blessed.
It was fun to go to the US Open to see my buddy, Stan. Okay, so I’ve never met him personally. But, I was up close and personal when he hit that serve.
But I personally met the cast of Betrayal, including Tom Hiddleston.
Then, I was truly blessed to go on a family vacation in Europe in October. We traveled to London, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin. Whew! We were blessed that Kelly’s girlfriend, Leksy joined us too.
Enjoying happy hour in Vienna.
A flower shop in Vienna.
Prague at night.
Walking along the River Spree in Berlin.
My eighty-nine-year-old mother is still traveling. Amazing! Here she is on Mother’s Day. She is our hero and a beacon to anyone who has gone through loss.
I am also blessed with a sister, Patty, who lives nearby in Denver. She is super supportive.
I am blessed to have two kids, Kelly and Courtney. They are a huge part of my life. I can talk about anything with them. We were blessed to have Courtney’s boyfriend, Dan, come along on several adventures this year too.
I’m six years cancer-free and enjoy good health and backpacking. YAY!!
I’m blessed to have my faithful friend, Roxy.
And to ski, of course.
I am blessed with the time to write books and finished a new one in November. I can’t wait to polish it up!
I am blessed to have wildlife in my wild life.
I am blessed to have friends with a sense of humor.
And for all of you!
Have the happiest of holidays!
Join the Blessed Project! Mention this blog post and link me up by noon on Wednesday. I’ll list everyone’s projects on Thursday, December 19. I can’t wait to see yours! It can be as simple or detailed as you want.
Also, if you would like to win a handmade Christmas card, guess what we are doing and leave a comment on this post. I hope you want one. I worked really hard this year. *sweeps paper snippets on the floor*
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