The last few days have been sobering, haven't they? I have debated with myself about whether to blog at this painful time, and like so many others, came to the conclusion that staying away wouldn't change anything. We spent a weekend of reflection and sadness, and also extreme gratitude for all that we have to be thankful for. And now, ready or not, Christmas Eve is a week away, and those of us who are so blessed will be with family and friends. If I could be with every one of you I would gladly do so, but for now, all I can do is share my life and read about yours in return.
We have been through a difficult few months here. Maurie's sweet Mom passed away on December 1st, at age 87. She had suffered a series of strokes, and had declined rapidly since November. She was a truly devoted Mom and Grandmother. Her greatest joy in life was having her family all around her. She enjoyed good health for most of her life and traveled almost the entire the US with Maurie's Dad and their local Farm Bureau, where they were both officers for many years. She worked for the Welfare Department, and was a tireless volunteer for several organizations, well into her late 70s. Maurie and Abby were fortunate to have a wonderful visit with her this summer, before the first stroke. It's a memory they will treasure forever.
All of a sudden, priorities have shifted here. We just got a tree last night, my house is still full of boxes, and we're behind on shopping and wrapping. But you know, I'm more certain than ever that those details will work themselves out, while we reflect on what is truly important this year. Right now my man is in bed with a horrible cold, so I'm making homemade chicken soup. My kiddo is surfing Pinterest instead of cleaning her room. And it will all be okay.
So many projects and repairs that I had planned to obsess over won't be seen to this year. Things will NOT be perfect at Opulent Cottage! (Not that they ever are!) Rather than stress about it, I"m taking a simpler approach -- camouflage! It's worked around here for years :) This cabinet won't be refinished in time for the holiday, so I hung this sparkly snowflake to distract from its unfinished top.
Like the crack in our arch (seen below), which likely will not be repaired and repainted before the holiday. In the past, I would never have allowed this photo to be seen! But now, these trivial details just don't seem so important. I hope to create lasting holiday memories in this dining room this year, wall cracks and imperfect furniture and all.
I know that so many of you feel the same way I do right now. My wish is that you treasure this holiday season, and savor each special moment. Let's all hold our loved ones close, and spread all the joy we can. Thank you for always being here, my special friends. You all mean more to me than I could ever say.
Love to you all,
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