Art is such therapy during difficult times. I find that it has helped me through the most difficult days. And with Christmas now coming in just a few short weeks, it's always a great escape to spend time in my studio. I am able to let go of everything and be in the moment while I create pieces that makes me happy.
This time of year, it means Christmas ornaments and paintings of wintery days...all that sparkles like snow when the sun shines and turns the world a beautiful white wonderland. Time to think about making gifts for family and friends, too. I'll try to share a few of my latest Christmas creations, like the little snow girls on golden sleds, now in my Etsy shop, and soon on the trees of my family!
I look forward to spending more time with my husband and son, as school lets out and children are home for the holidays. Is it snowing yet?
For us, the holidays are always bittersweet. We have so much to be thankful for, and yet there is a sadness that predominates these days. Our family will never be what it was before 2007. We will never have that Thanksgiving dining table with all of us gathered 'round, because our daughter is no longer a part of this world.
I know she is with us in spirit, but it is not the same. I miss her beautiful smile and her saying, "Oh Mom, the turkey smells delicious!" Or, "Mom I want to help. Let me make the deviled eggs." (She loved deviled eggs!) Most of all, I miss holding her, having her near me and telling her how much I love her.
We do have much happiness during the holidays, but it is always tempered with the deep wound of loss that never heals. So every year, we set out an extra place setting for Brianna and remember all that we had when she was alive, and all that we still have now. And somehow, we are still thankful.
I wish you and your families a most heartfelt Thanksgiving.