Happy Holidays and welcome the new year

Its been so crazy here that I never got a chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. So I pray that you all had a marvelous Christmas and that your New Years is even better. We got to see some of our kids and grandchildren over the holiday.  The youngest lives in California and the oldest lives in New York, so we did not get to see them. It was a rather quiet holiday for us. Our middle daughter, that lives closest was the only one we saw on Christmas day. Her and our grandson shared dinner with us. I was so used to cooking for a large gathering that it was so strange to only cook for four of us. But the day was very relaxing and I did talk to all the kids and grand kids on the phone.  In past years, we celebrate at my sister in laws house, where I do most of the cooking and their family all gets together with some of ours mixed in. However, my sister and brother in law moved to Arizona in October so there was no big celebration this year. I sure do miss those get togethers. Its nice to catch up with all the nieces, nephews and other family members. Well we all move on and our lives change all the time    Sometimes its nice to look back and realize how grateful you can be for the times you did get to share such occasions.   My parents live in Florida so I don’t see them over the holidays either. I remember back when we were kids and how neighbors, church friends, relatives, etc would come to our house over the holidays. There was always wonderful food and snacks. I grew up in the country and there was lots of farms and back country roads. We had a small country church that you knew everyone there or you were related to them. Those days seem so long ago. People don’t care so much about traditions as we did back then. I just wish we did and I sure wish we would keep those traditions going.

My wish for 2018 is to be a better mom, grandma, wife and friend.  Since I retired, it seems I have become pretty much a recluse. I am comfortable in my home and I rarely leave unless its to the store or out to dinner. Oh occasionally I go to my grandsons wrestling matches but I need to do more outside of my house. I think sometimes you get in a rut and then you get comfortable there so you just stay put. Well I need to get moving.  Next year I want to do more. I want to be outside, go more places and just become a better me.

So I wish for you all to reach outside your box and find what makes you uncomfortable and reach beyond that. I hope you all have a great new year and spend time with those you love.



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