Sunday, December 9, 2012

Updates, December 2012

Hello, everyone!

It's been a while since I've posted, and I've missed you! Life is so hectic, especially around the holidays, and I've been spending some quality time with my family and doing a bit of writing here and there, although not as much as I need to.

I think my body and brain are telling me to slow down a bit. Usually when I feel like this, it's because I need a mental break to clarify some thoughts on my works in progress. I'll avoid the computer and just concentrate on real life, then Wham! inspiration strikes. It's good, and I think it's my body's way of recharging my creative batteries. Or something.

Anyway, I had a moment or two of inspiration lately and I'm putting fingers to keyboard here and there to get my thoughts down before they run away, and I'm mostly happy with the direction the books are going. There's something eluding me about one of them, and I can't figure out what, but rest assured, I'll get there, and it's a good thing, too, because rumor has it that the book will be out in February! Deadlines? I'm not afraid of little old deadlines! Gulp...

In other news, my son has been excelling as a Boy Scout and I'm so proud of him. My daughter is just as sweet and funny as always, and her musical talents are truly shining through. I think I'm the proud parent of a prodigy or two...

My husband and I have been working diligently on getting various things in order because we have started working toward securing our forever home. That means, however, lots and lots of hard work between now and then but we're both committed to making it work, and when we're on the same page, look out! We're a force to be reckoned with. And I'm very proud of the kids, too, because I recently shared with them most of the details of the sacrifices we'll be making to get into that forever home, and they took it very well, even though it means they'll be foregoing something they both love. But they said very matter-of-factly that it was ok, and started pulling together with us to make this dream happen. So very proud! And I'm proud of us, too, because we've taken a hard look at some of our habits/purchases and made a lot of changes. We'll get there, I just know it.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I very much enjoyed the company of my Dad and Stepmom. They're both recovering from massive surgeries and it was nice to be with them and simply be thankful they've made it through and we're still together. If anyone feels like adding them to their prayer list, I'd be grateful. Dad just went through cancer surgery number 5, and we'd really like it if he can go a full year without the tumors coming back. But he's a fighter, and he's still here, and I'm more grateful than I can even express. I love him so very much, and my Stepmom, too. She's one of the most truly good people I know, someone who constantly thinks of others before herself, someone with a genuine soul and a giving, gentle nature. They're both really terrific people, and I'm so lucky to have them!

The holidays are upon is, and I'm proud to report I'm not nearly as depressed this year as I usually get. I think it's because I've had some epiphanies lately, especially right around my 35th birthday, and I'm truly realizing how short our time is here, and how important it is to make the most of it, to enjoy and honor those in our lives and celebrate what's really important. I thought I knew all that stuff before, but I didn't, not to the extent I do now. I think I've grown up a bit, and I'm a better person for it, or at least I hope I am. And I'm looking forward to the holidays, to seeing family and letting them know how much they mean to me. And although I'm normally very positive and hopeful about the start of a new year, this one is extremely special. I'm so ready to forge on and continue the work we're doing toward our future. Life is good, better than it's been in a while, and I'm happy. Truly, truly happy.

So, that's it, my lovely friends. I hope you have a fantastic holiday season, whatever you celebrate,  and I wish you the absolute best for the coming year. Here's to health, happiness, love and luck, and a bit of fun thrown in for good measure. Stay positive and truly live your life. We only get one, after all, and we absolutely must make the most of it.

Happy Holiday Hugs,
Jess

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