First, I want to thank all my watchers and friends for the faves, comments and features. It seems there is never enough time in the day for everything I have to do. You are all valued even if it doesn't seem that you are. I greatly appreciate everything.
Life has been very complicated this year. For over a year our little granddaughter came to live with us. My daughter has been through a bit, including a bout with drug addiction. Our little sweetie came to live with use while our daughter sought help and the courts decided what would be done with our granddaughter. Recently custody was given to her father, who lives about a two hour drive from us. It was hard to adjust to having a toddler in the house and now it's hard to make the adjustment of NOT seeing her bright little smile every day. Fortunately, we get to see her every other weekend or so. We had her here for Thanksgiving, but we will not see her until a few days after Christmas. I guess I should be happy that I get to see her more often than many grandparents get to see their grandkids, but she was like my own daughter for a year and it's been hard.
If it seems I don't do much art right now, it's because I have to admit I've been a little depressed and the creative muses have been fairly silent lately. I'm trying to get out of this funk I'm in. I love Christmas and that's been very helpful in lifting my spirits. I hope to be doing a little more art once my Christmas cards are out and my baking is done.
I want to wish everyone a very happy and blessed Christmas filled will all the good things that this time of year brings. I know some people get stressed out. On the View recently someone said that Christmas would be better without all that religious stuff. Huh? That was my response. It's all the "other" things that stress me out at Christmas. Celebrating the gift God sent to us in Bethlehem so many years ago, the Savior of the world - that's what lifts me up and gives me hope. The Holy Spirit in my heart rejoices as the angels did. I pray that everyone reading this could understand just a little bit of that joy the Prince of Peace bestows, regardless of the acts of evil men.
Christmas blessings on each and every one of my friends and your families.