It’s a chilly day outside today, so I am taking some time to reflect on 2012 and think ahead to the new year, while enjoying one of my favorite beverages.  It’s been a busy year of travel, growth, spending time with family, and as the year comes to a close lots of organizing.  I look forward to 2013, knowing it will be filled with many blessings, moments of trials, and many changes…especially with Timothy on his way.

At this time last year I was given a the task to create a one word motto that would lead me through the year.  It ended up being two…believe and trust.  I like the idea of having a word or mantra to help remember throughout the year.  This year my word is Create.  The past few months I have done more creative projects and when done it made me remember how much my soul yearns for doing that kind of stuff.  But I also know that creating can be used in many areas of my life.

Looking forward, there are a few things I want to do better at and incorporate more into my life.

  • I am going to read more and watch less TV
  • I am going to do more crafty projects, as well as continue to make dragonflies
  • I am going to take better care of my health, like being more active and eating better
  • I am going to continue to write and do photography
  • I am going to experiment more in the kitchen with cooking new things and seeing what items I can make at home instead of buying

Happy New Year to all!  I wish you all many blessings and opportunities to grow.


Holidays are a time of joy and celebration, filled with making new memories, celebrating traditions, and spending time with loved ones.  Holidays can also be a time of confusion, sadness, and uncertainty if you have lost a loved….recently or years ago.  It doesn’t matter how long ago it was that you lost someone special, there is still a tinge of sadness that hits you during the holiday time.  If has been recent and someone who has lived a long time, you begin to wonder what will happen to the usual traditions of the holiday time now that they aren’t there to celebrate.  If it is someone younger, you sometimes try to figure out ways to start new traditions in their honor and memory.

I have always loved this time of year.  All the beautiful lights and decorations to see, decorating my house, and spending extra time with family.  With all the beauty that this time of year has, I am no stranger to loss during this time of year as well.

This is our second Christmas without Samantha…though she is always in our hearts, it stills feels a little different. While we remember Samantha, we also celebrate Timothy who’s arrival will come in April.  I also see a change coming this holiday season as it is our first holiday without my grandfather, whom passed away in August this year.  Also, I see some new traditions beginning to grow as families grow and kids get older.  Some of the change will be tough at first, but at the same time some of the change will be good.  There still is a special magic to this time of year and deep in our hearts we can still feel it.

I wish you a blessed holiday season, strength when you need it most, hope to keep you going, peace to be able to feel at ease, and time…time to spend with loved ones and time to reflect.  Happy Holidays!

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