Thursday, December 31, 2009


The holidays are almost over. Four of my five boys were here with their various wives and girlfriends, and puppy dogs. Some for a few days, some longer. It was so nice to see them together. They are growing into such fine men. Each so different yet the core is so alike.

We ate and drank a lot, every year we pick a country and try their wines and beer, I try to make some of their foods, it is like a little trip yet with the comforts of home. We talked a lot, looked through old picture albums and laughed more than I think I have ever. I even got them all to pick up some oil pastels and do self portraits and portraits of each other. We spent a lot of time around various tables - kitchen, dining, and coffee - sharing moments. As the last one left yesterday I realized how much I have to be thankful for. We all missed the one who was not here. Although we did have an extended phone conversation with him, we felt his absence. He is where he wants to be and is happy, what more can you ask for?

All in all it was a great holiday. It was relaxed and full of the people I love. That was the greatest gift I could ever receive. I did slip in a little art early in the mornings before everyone was up. Lots and lots of journal pages for my online class. I will share them soon.


Walks with Wolves said...

I LOVE the idea of picking a country and trying out some ethnic food/drink! I'm so totally stealing that idea. *grins*

Suz said...

Oh I hear the ache in your words
I too have had many holidays with just one missing
This year I had them all
and it is sweet
But we have no power there
it is what it is and
we go on loving

Terri Kahrs said...

Elizabeth, I totally understand your feelings. Of all the gifts this Season, seeing my children together - even for just a little while - was the best gift ever (although it's still hard to see them leave!). It's a parent's job to "give wings", but it's nice to have them fly home too. Hugs, Terri xoxo