Here it is the 25th already, and I have not made a Christmas Greeting post. Being Scandinavian our festivities happened yesterday and today is a day of rest and reflection...
How does one make 'grace' when times are lean? The economy and my illness has made this years Christmas the leanest ever. And yet... My husband and I agreed that it has also been one of the best. When money is scarce, creativity takes its place. Added to that is a heavy dose of 'Gratefulness'. Our resident teenager has shown more courage, strength and love than we ever expected, from times like these -- I absolutely love watching her grow into a young woman. The smiles and laughter of my many nieces and nephews heals tender hearts! Homemade food and delicious local wines keep hunger at bay. Californian sunshine (its 65 degrees today!) is pushing up spring blooms, and wonderful green weeds, reminding me of a new season on its way!
I am continually grateful and amazed at how wonderful my worldly readers and friends - YES you are all friends! So many faces, so many smiles, so many lovely words... I feel touched by grace - daily!
Todays photos are of the puppets in the Castles Christmas Windows, appropriate in their varied faces and whimsy. They inspire me, with their lovingly carved freatures and remind me that no matter what we look like, we are all family!
Blessings to all of you!