In the spirit of Thanksgiving, yesterday I traced our hands to make Turkey Hand Decorations. I loved making them when I was a little girl; I've waited a long time to be able to make them with my own child. As my pencil skirted the edges of Sage's little fingers, I felt my eyes well up with tears of happiness. Happiness, because I have the opportunity to share this simple, yet meaningful tradition with my wise little wildflower. Today we will start a new tradition: a Thanksgiving tree! (http://www.betterbudgeting.com/articles/holidays/thanksgivingtree.htm)
2008 has been a year of extremes for us, and likely to some of you. Sage's birth in January ushered in an era of joy I could never have imagined. Everything seems better with her in our life. Even the economic crisis(es, depending on your perspective) seem(s) palatable, because at the end of the day, I look into the innocent eyes of a child, full of wonder and hope about her world. One smile from her can erase any stress the market inflicts. Many people fear losing their job, their home, their credit rating, and in a 'normal' year, I suppose I would, too. But I have not worried, just keep plugging away. And smiling...and my positive outlook has attracted two new projects to us. (At least that's what I keep telling myself. ;-) We also lost a parent -- such grief I could never have imagined. Sage has kept us smiling through our tears.
So 2009, we feel hopeful, will bring about many positive changes. David plans to focus more on online services -- consultation as well as design. I will spend most of my time writing and preparing for speaking engagements. And some other services are being planned, as well. Official announcements should be ready just after the new year.
This has been an exhausting year, but overall I'm thankful for 2008. I'm healthy, have a dynamite family, a fulfilling career, and hope. Lots and lots of hope. Happy Thanksgiving; here's to hope!