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Tonight, I am enjoying the peace of my house. It is a house that, between the changes made to it during the mad preparations for hosting family Christmas, and the warmth brought to it by being full to bursting with my family for a few days, now feels more like a home than it ever has before.

I am sitting now in my dark quiet dining room, watching the snow fall outside and feeling Violet purring in my lap. I am drinking in the gently colorful glow of the Christmas tree, so perfect, so evocative of warm memories that it brings tears to my eyes. I look around, and I see the lights one brother hung playfully on the shelves, the poinsettias my other brother set here and there to brighten the rooms, the silver candlesticks my mother polished up, and all the many little signs that people I love were here.

I have spent this evening painting, the largest painting I have done in many years, a broad snow-covered landscape that I will hang in my classroom to help children learn what animals do in winter. In a few moments, I will go and curl into bed and snuggle in close to my husband, and Angel will come purring to sleep in the crook of my knees. Tomorrow, I will welcome the new year in the company of dear friends, and I am sorry only that I cannot be in four places at once to celebrate with more of them.

Tonight, I am happy.

I hope that you are happy, too.

May you be blessed, and may you know yourself to be blessed.
May you be loved, and may you know yourself to be loved.
May you find what your heart yearns for, and may it burn brightly in your keeping.
May you find that which you most need, and that which will lead you forward.
Peace be with you.


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Dec. 31st, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
And a very happy new year to you too!
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
i'm so glad you had a wonderful holiday. :)

and that last is just beautiful... :)
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
I love how you painted the picture of your room being touched by the family. Lights, poinsettia, candle sticks. It's good to be able to sit back and see all that. Indeed.

Happy New Year. ;)

Dec. 31st, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing, well done!
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, happy and happy you are too! A wee bit sad to learn you won't be singing with us tonight but I'm sure if I close my eyes, I can pretend I hear you :)

Happiest of new years to you and your loved ones and furry loved ones.
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
That invitation was definitely the hardest to turn down. I love the idea of welcoming the new year with a community singing... but there was another invitation (I had so many this year! strange, after years of one, or none), from dear friends whom I have too much neglected this year, and whose last several gatherings I have missed because of scheduling conflicts. In the end, that won out. But I hope the Tells will make this a regular occurrence, and perhaps next year I will join you.

Best wishes to you for the coming year!
Dec. 31st, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
love and health to you and yours in this new year, my dear zanne. *hug*
Dec. 31st, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
nice to see the both of you are still among the living. Since there is no brunch this year i'll be hosting a "Burn's night" details coming.

write or e-mail sometime.

Jan. 2nd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
it's been a long time
Hi there, Sherry, it's Lucy, you know from your old hometown. I'm not sure what possessed me, but I thought of you while squandering my last 10 minutes at work and decided to Google you and what do you know, here you are. (I also tried googling myself to no avail.) In any case, I just thought I would say hello, that I sometimes I miss our friendship of years past and that I hope you are happy; it seems from your post that you are. :)
Jan. 15th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: it's been a long time
Can I say, wow?

Hi Lucy!

I miss you too! I was thinking about you just a few days before ou wrote this, actually. (And yes, Googling you doesn't get anywhere. I know that, because I try it at least twice a year.) How are you? Is there a way to reach you that's more direct than an lj comment?
Jan. 17th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: it's been a long time
You can say wow all you want. I'm doing very well. I'm actually pregnant with my first child (due April 3)! Life is pretty good, with perhaps the exception of the messiness associated with an ongoing remodel of the only bathroom in my house. You can email me at lbriggs2004@comcast.net. Look forward to hearing from you!
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