Christmas is only 5 DAYS AWAY! How did that happen?!
Since about October, I feel like I’ve been going non-stop!
To begin with, this (picture at left) prompted a full replacement of our roof. Thank goodness for insurance coverage! Between rain and wind delays, and contractors treating me like a “girl,” I thought it would never get done. But, praise God! The new roof is holding!
Next was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I spent a good part of my free time (between roofing phone calls) trying to finish 50,000 words in the month of November. I didn’t quite make it (I think I’m somewhere around 38,000), but I did get a good jump on my next novel…women’s fiction with a side of clean romance. It should be out some time in February if all goes as planned.
I also started a side project which I’m having a blast doing. In a past post, I talked about how I wish I would have asked more questions of my Dad before he passed away. It’s a big regret in my life. Also, my dad died from complications with Alzheimer’s, so he didn’t remember a lot. There’s a good chance that either me or my two brothers have that gene, and I want my kids to know the grandparents and great grandparents they never really had a chance to hang out with. So, I started writing down the stories of my childhood with family dinners, and holiday celebrations with extended family. Even the smallest funny stories that have stuck with me over the years suddenly seem important.
I started asking my Mom (she’s 80) about life before kids and life when she was young. I also reached out to my Dad’s brother (who didn’t get Alzheimer’s) after I realized that he had ALL the old pictures of my Dad’s side of the family. He’s been sending me documents and pictures that I’ve never seen before. My brothers have also been a big help. And the Family History Project Told through Stories has taken on a life of its own.
Add to that teenager issues, work issues…you know how it is…LIFE…and suddenly Christmas is next week! Whew! No wonder I’m so exhausted lately! LOL
Needless to say, this family project has really put life into perspective for me. Suddenly, the news doesn’t really make me mad anymore. Except for weather and local happenings, I rarely watch it. I now steer clear of controversy when I can because, well, it’s just not that important anymore.
I hope my followers can forgive me that I haven’t been blogging as much. I’m still writing. I’m still struggling with being a parent and a wife. And I’m still finding my way to church now and then, even if it means watching the live stream from home in my pajamas with a cup of coffee and my husband by my side.
I hope you all enjoy the holidays! Remember what Christmas is all about. Enjoy the craziness of family, and don’t forget the joy that comes from giving.
I hope you’re getting through the holidays without too many hiccups along the way. And don’t forget to talk to your relatives, especially the older generations, and really listen. Those stories are your history.
God bless and Merry Christmas!