This final week of 2017 was a big one for me and my loved ones. It was full of big joy, big sorrow, big worry and big celebrations of life. What a momentous way to conclude this crazy year.
I’m thankful to have hosted our family for a memorable, merry and meaningful Christmas Day at our home. We always share such love and fun together. This year was somehow extra special with our hearts so open and real. That Presence truly is the best gift of all, BIG time!
Two days after Christmas, I cherished throwing a jubilant 60th birthday for our dear friend Lynn. We all contributed joy, fun, food and immense friendship. Hearing her say, “Best birthday EVER!!” made us elated. What a BIG milestone and BIG moment to share!
The very next day, I was thankful that I could be at the hospital sitting alongside a dear loved one while another dear loved one was in a big, long surgery. Thankfully, we could visit in the ICU hours later, and we knew with relief that caring, dedicated healing professionals were there and so were so many devoted loving family members, near and far. That loved one continues making excellent progress over these past few days. THAT is a BIG relief!
And the very next day, Friday, December 29th, our family was deeply saddened and yet blessed to celebrate the life of our 26 year old cousin who left the earth, way too young, just twelve days prior. His celebration of life brought his large family Together to honor him and to honor the Life we share.
Tonight as this immense year of 2017 transforms into the new possibilities that 2018 will bring, our home is again full…..with love and friendship. Lauren Claire is hosting a large group of friends for New Year’s Eve. They are making a big Korean food feast together and then enjoying games, music, dance and festive New Year revelry. BIG FUN!
My love and I are appreciating the merriment and thankful to share our evening together with a few of our own friends here as well.
May you savor a gentle, loving and appreciative beginning to this new year.
With much love, DeAnne, Brian and Lauren Claire