December 29, 2016

Before We Say Goodbye to 2016

I have been saying all year that I will be writing new posts all 2016, and I really, REALLY meant it! I have so many pictures that I took during trips to London and Amsterdam, a Christmas House Tour for which I did the flowers and other pieces of the year including yummy recipes.

But to be honest, 2016 was a terrible, no good, very bad year (apologies to the book on this subject). For you see, my Mum was diagnosed in October of 2015 with leukemia and then passed away in May of this year. It was a heartbreaking experience to see a little less of her every day and yet I am so confident that she's in a better place. But oh, how I do miss her!

In the midst of this, my husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and decided to check out the other side for as long as you clinically can, before he came back. I truly thank God that he did. He's had many scary times since, but he's a fighter and from that, I gain strength. 

And then there is my sweet, strong Dad with advanced Parkinson's and a whole host of other ailments. He fights too, despite missing my Mum terribly, and he is the best role model, no matter what the future holds. 

So, as I look so forward to a New Year and to putting this one behind me, I thank any and all of you who have taken the time to read my blog. I have taken a leave from my job helping kids get into college, so I can focus on creative and fulfilling adventures like writing my blog while I am handy to those at home who need me.

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season and I TRULY wish you all the very BEST for 2017!! Here's another (and hopefully my last old post for a while-just click on this link below)
Cozy Post Christmas Dinner.