Monday, January 11, 2016

With Hope for a Happy New Year

After a hiatus of nearly two months, I am pondering what to write today. Life has been very hectic, which is quite normal for the period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holiday season was filled with school concerts, festive meals, and family time. It wasn't all fun and games, though. There were minor tragedies, illnesses, and an ice storm. 

Darcy arrived safely from France on December 18, and brought with her the additional sparkle that we were so in need of. We had fun cooking together, shopping, and visiting friends and family. On Christmas Eve, she graciously prepared a special meal for us. We enjoyed a delightful supper of foie gras, crab legs, baked potatoes, and roasted broccoli. It was the most relaxing Christmas Eve I have experienced in many years.

In spite of a flurry of visits with family and friends, Darcy was unable to see everyone she had wanted to spend time with. We managed a jaunt up to Kansas City, where we enjoyed Christmas festivities with daughter Niki and her family. On Darcy's last day of vacation, we had a small New Year's Eve party. It was fun, but Craig and I have decided that we may be getting too old for that! We could easily have crawled off to bed at 10 PM, but somehow we managed to ring in the New Year.

On New Year's Day, we saw our daughter off at the airport. It was a tearful farewell, though we were somewhat cheered by the knowledge that we will be seeing her again in the spring. And before that happens, we have an upcoming trip to the Caribbean! 

I want to wish you all a happy 2016. May you be blessed with good health and peaceful days filled with joy. 

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