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Sorry for being MIA. Life has been pretty hectic, and with good things. Somehow the holidays crept up on me and I realized… this is Emerson's first holiday season! And last holiday season wasn't the best with the passing of my father-in-law, the house being in various stages of disrepair due to the remodel, and me being on bed rest from high blood pressure.
So I'm taking a bit of a break from the blog to focus on family and the loveliness that is life. Friday we went and got our first real tree (don't worry fellow eco-conscious folks, I donated my old fake tree to another household so it's not in a landfill). We decorated it while listening to holiday songs and sharing stories about what our parents did when we were kids. We combined our ornaments with my father-in-law's ornaments and used his decorations to make the rest of the house festive.
My father was raised a Jew, but loved Christmas for the family/festive aspect. After we as a family decorated the tree, my father would take one of those packs of the silver tinsel and he would very carefully hang each piece on the tree, one strand at a time so that the tree totally sparkled as though covered with snow. At the bottom of the box of my father-in-law's ornaments were three unopened boxes of that silver tinsel. We saw it as a sign. 🙂
We have been turning off the TV and turning inward, focusing on the blessings in our lives. We have been so very very busy, but very happy. Emerson is starting to pull herself up to stand and is cruising – holding onto the coffee table, then our knee, then the couch. She is “talking” up a storm and I can’t get enough of it. Finally her hair is starting to grow, though even when dressed in head to toe pink she is still mistaken for a boy. My husband has been doing lots of photo shoots for family holiday cards, we just hired two new people for my department at work, and the weekends are getting full with parties and dinners and fun with loved ones. And Emerson’s first birthday is only a month away!
So I will be away for a while. But I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season. I encourage all of you to take a moment to breathe, and instead of freaking out about what needs to be done and what you lack… think about all which is great in your life.
For there is nothing more stylish than a woman with a smile!