2012 is coming to an end. Can you believe it? I feel like it was just yesterday I was blogging about our first Christmas in California. It’s been a long year for me. I was diagnosed with a cancer recurrence in late January, and what I thought would be a few short months of treatment turned into a long, harrowing year of chemotherapy complete with a few blood transfusions and scares along the way. I’m happy to say that my last scan came back looking really good. I’m planning on 2013 being a relatively doctor free year!
2012 also had some pretty great highlights. We went to Paris, Hawaii and New York. My kids are all doing well in school and are happy and safe here in beautiful Westlake Village. I was a vendor twice at The Remnants of the Past show-such an honor, and so much fun. And as promised, my online store and my etsy store are both up and running, and both are busy and always full of lots of treasures.
I made a wonderful friend in Ruthie Marek, who’s blog Ruthie’s Gift is beautifully written. Ruthie has taught me a lot about grace and gratitude this year. If you haven’t read her blog yet, go subscribe right now!
California continues to amaze and inspire me. I love the climate, the people and if I had known the antiquing was going to be this good, I would have moved years ago! Ian and I have finally made some friends and we are beginning to make some great memories here.
We just put up our tree last night, complete with all things white and burlap.
I am so grateful for my family and my life. There have been many challenges this year, but also many sweet moments. Thank you so much to all of the Chalk Farm followers who comment and inspire me everyday.
So, as the year comes to a close, remember to hug the ones you love a little closer this Christmas. Be grateful. Take time to enjoy the little things. And breathe.
Have a wonderful holiday and a beautiful New Year.