Merry Christmas Eve

Can you believe another year is almost over? And what a year it has been.

Last Christmas saw the beginning of the longest federal government furlough. I sat at home all through January wondering when the stalemate would end and I could go back to work. And stressed wondering whether we’d be paid for the time.

February saw me packing and planning my third cross-country move. I narrowly missed a winter storm system as I drove and arrived in Washington to a couple feet of snow.

March blurred into April and then May as I traveled for conferences and tried to learn my new job.

Summer arrived in the Pacific Northwest and I explored the beauty of nature and all the hiking.

Before I knew it, fall arrived and the days stayed sunny and warm. But slowly the nights got longer and the days shorter. I failed at NaNoWriMo and a short story writing competition, but had a blast with new friends.

And now the Christmas holiday season is here again. A full turn around the sun. And I’m looking forward to a birthday vacation with some dear friends in January and some amazing new adventures in twenty-twenty.

But on this Christmas Eve, I stop to be in the moment. I pause to be grateful for all that I have, thankful for the love of family and friends, and blessed by it all.

Merry Christmas to you. May your days be merry and bright. And may your holidays be filled with love and laughter.

peace & joy,

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