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What a year indeed! This has been a time of more ups and downs than a kangaroo on a pogo stick. A year of sadness, happiness, personal growth, loss and healing. A year of Joy and great Faith. A year of hope.
This ride started last January with the loss of my sweet Mom. Mom was a bright happiness in each of our lives. To her husband, her four children and their spouses and numerous grandkids, she was a spot of laughter and joy in each day, that is greatly missed. Get those colonoscopies girls! It could be a life saver! Regrets over not having cajoled Mom into doing the same.
February found that yes, you can go to Canton every month of the year. Thanks Shawna ("What the JUNK") for all the fun during a difficult time and my new favorite phrase.
March. Me. Old. Bifocals. Enough said.
April, May, June and July had it's share of real tea parties, virtual tea parties that were Mad, swaps with blog friends (Love ya Lis), a wedding anniversary (Love you Sweet Hub!), junking with Dad and feeling like I'm finding my niche as an artist. A year where the booth Where I Work and share with Sis (aka Sherri), seemed to get a good foothold and take off. The problem now is keeping it stocked. So many projects, so little time. Getting to know so many cool blog gals...oh to list you all, but not enough room! Such a delight to get to know you guys. I'm blessed indeed. And reconnecting with old friends (Hi D and E!) and enjoying their company again.
September was a huge mixture of happy and sad. As we lost another of our sweet ladies, my Aunt Adelle. We shared a love of so many things. She will be and is so missed.
But as some leave our lives, new ones enter. Such were the friendships and fun found at Paper Cowgirl. Tina and I had such a grand time getting to know each other better, and putting this fun, home-grown, Art Retreat together. Love ya too gurl! With lots of great teachers, projects, meeting familiar faces and making new friends, here's to a bigger and badder Cowgirl in '09!
October is my favorite time of year and I always wish Fall was longer. Much longer, for I can never get enough of the colors, smells and visual beauty of it all. Perhaps that is why Christmas always catches me behind. I'm loathe to let go of Fall.
December brought a tough first Christmas, without those we love, but life, as they say, must go on. But the twelfth month also had one wedding and a marriage proposal on Christmas Day. Yes indeed. Life does go on.
So here's to 09! May we all be happier, healthier and even a little wiser. And to hoping that in the new year ahead...I can learn to put buttons on the side bars of my blog. Yep. Hope springs eternal!
PS...I found the cool mosaic pattern on Cynthia's blog. And above is just a few of my favorite images (booth, home, projects and such) from the blog over the past year. Thanks for taking the time to read my little musings and thoughts.