I can hardly believe another year has gone by? Looking back over this past year, a lot has happened. I reconciled my marriage…yes, that was a big one, and I’m grateful daily for my marriage. I published my third book, ‘As If Yesterday’…a stand-alone novel. Moved into a great apartment, close to my daughter and her family. Spent the year picking up grandkids, as needed, from school, doctor appointments anything that was on the schedule. Being close to my daughter and her family again, well, it’s simply a dream come true. Someday I hope to have my son and family living close too. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”…and I’m better for the experience.

I traveled to Ohio the end of May to watch my stepson graduate from high school, and four months later went back to Ohio when my stepson committed suicide. I’ve blogged about the tragedy in an effort to stop future families from experiencing the most tragic death a parent or other family member can be forced to deal with.

We, meaning my husband and I, set out a hummingbird feeder, and were successful in getting their attention. My early mornings are now spent watching them drink the sweet nectar I prepare for them weekly. We recently added wild bird food and suet to the mix, to attract other feathered friends. I’ve heard the expression “if you feed them, they will come”…and it is true. I love starting my day with them.

We have done some great hiking, enjoying places like Cape Flattery, walked the Deception Pass bridge…not recommended if you are afraid of heights, which I’m not thankfully, along with other wonderful places the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

I’ve been working…though slowly…on book three of my Sara series. The end is written, and I’ve just finished chapter thirteen…so the plan is to publish in June, fingers crossed. I have another project in the works, but we’ll talk about that at a later date.

I’ve shot a lot of pictures, and posted many of them on my Facebook timeline…and I love all the support I get. My followers, readers, friends, and family are the reason I keep pushing on. I would love to someday be in the league of the photographers I follow…hey, where would we be without our pipedreams.

Yes, it’s been a busy year, and I have no doubt in my mind the next year will be just as busy. We will stay in our current apartment for another year, then see what the following year brings…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and are able to take time counting your blessings…one by one.