Reflecting on 2020 in my art journal

Reflecting on 2020 in my art journal

At the end of every year, I like to take time to reflect on the highs and lows of the previous year. It’s fun to look back at memorable events, my reading list or any new adventures. Of course, doing this for 2020 required even more introspection than usual. The...
My word for 2021: Wholehearted

My word for 2021: Wholehearted

One of the life lessons I was reminded of frequently in 2020 is that we all have the power to choose our attitude regardless of our circumstances. We can spend our time complaining about our situation. We can long for the past or sit around just waiting for things to...
Finding freedom in a locked-down world

Finding freedom in a locked-down world

For much of the year, it seemed strange to me that I had chosen “free” as my word of the year during a 12-month span that restricted so much of my freedom. “Stay at home” was the mantra of 2020. We lost our freedom to see family, gather in...
The hands of Christmas past

The hands of Christmas past

Last night, I traced four sets of hands, and one set of paws on our tree skirt. It’s a tradition I started 18 years ago when Matthew was just a baby and Andrew was two years old. I always laugh when I look back at that first set of hands because I placed them so...
Getting creative in the kitchen

Getting creative in the kitchen

This past week, a friend described me as “artistic.” Another friend said I’m “crafty.” I don’t see myself as either. I don’t have a natural artistic talent, like drawing or painting or sculpture. And I really don’t think...
Emotional Support Dog goes to college

Emotional Support Dog goes to college

We have always joked that Cooper is such a smart and hard-working dog, that he really needs a job. And this past weekend, he finally got to go to work. We decided to take him to visit his big brother at college. Andrew has been longing to see Cooper, and it was his...