Happy New Year! Let’s congratulate ourselves and one another for getting through that last one. It was a trying time for most people I know. The majority I’ve met, talked to or seen messages from say Goodbye. As a group, we all say good riddance! Bring on the New Year of 2018 and make it better, if only by a margin. There were so many things that happened, so many lives upheaved and destroyed. So many lives lost; be it from natural disaster and destruction to man made violence and terror. My heart breaks for the world.
Personally, it was a traumatic year, honestly, the hardest of my life. Somehow, we survived. I lost my baby last February, and it still feels the same every day. The pain that I feel is tremendous and I don’t think my heart will ever heal from it. Almost 13 years with her, since she was but 5 weeks old and having met her the day she was born. She and Amoura are my world, my daughters.
And then in July, I became my mother’s full time caregiver after a very serious work injury. 6 months later and I am still her full time caregiver. All my respect to those who do this for years, it’s very hard, for both sides. There is no easy way to care for a fellow adult, much less one that is related. I’m hoping this year that her recovery will be full, after surgery I’m sure. But, any progress is welcome in the situation.
A lovely and Merry Christmas, anytime my little Amoura is concerned. We had a nice Christmas. It was hard since this is the first one without my baby.
Above: our sweet little living room. Watching Christmas episodes of Home Improvement. ♡
Below: stockings hung by the chimney with care. And Christmas gifts for all to share.
Below: wrapped up in silver and gold. My favorite colors!
Above: beautiful and sparkles!
Below: the total theme of silver and gold and white. Next year, the stockings too! ♡
ABOVE: Christmas cookies for Santa darling. ♡
BELOW: Christmas morning ♡ ♡
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Amoura loves her stocking. ♡ and her treats inside. She also opened her sist Stocking since she couldn’t do it this year. I’m still struggling day to day with this. I miss my Sathony so much, I can’t say her name without complete heartbreak.
A little board for the family.
Simple place settings. I’m trying to minimize more.
♡ White Russian! X♡X♡
SOME yummy table with delicious food. I did most of the cooking, as I do on a daily basis.
♡ My dinner.
♡ Amoura loves her buttered rolls. Grandma is feeding her.
♡ This cheesecake! I really outdid myself. Plain cheesecake with a graham cracker crust with triple berry sauce and frosted berries.