January 1, 2015
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day” ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Happy New to You !
After a recent trip to Montana, I was reflecting on the powerful impact that family and friends have on a person’s life. That thought struck me as I was gazing out the oh-so-familiar view from the kitchen window in my Auntie Lois’s house. This was a place that held many of my favorite memories growing up, but it really wasn't the kitchen that held the magic; it is still the people that gather there. A colorful (and loving) cast of characters that has helped keep balance in my life.
|Auntie Lois, Me, my mom GiGi|
|My Montana crew who were good sports with the hat gear|
|A slight costume revision for my brother's wedding reception|
|Cousin Russ, me, cousin Todd & nephew-ette, Barry - at his graduation|
On my personal home front, here are some of the highlights this year: a promotion at work now means I am back to working full-time again (guess that makes the streets one day safer with me not running a-muck), I gained a new son-in-law, a new sister-in-law, and started dating someone special. Last year I also gained two new cousin-ettes from the Montana side of the family too. All the new additions fit in quite well as it takes a special kind of crazy to fit in with my side – but we’re mostly a happy bunch of nuts!
|Me and my sweet girls, Kaitlyn and Jen|
|Kaitlyn and Daniel|
|Posing before the luau, Soren, Miss M, Miss N, Miss B & Jen|
My family and I were able to squeeze in a vacation over Thanksgiving and time spent with them is like frosting on the cupcake of life.
And in-between the highlights are the everyday moments, the ordinary times – the ones that make up the bulk of your life, (the cupcake of life). For me it meant I have spent quiet moments enjoying sunrises with a good cup of coffee, watching sunsets, taking walks, finding vintage treasures and having good conversations with those that I love.
And the way I see it, is even though each of us is the “star in our own story”, in order to have a beautiful life story it must include the wonderful crew of people who bring you love and joy, those who you consider to be in your inner circle.
And so my holiday wish for you is that you will continue to be blessed with the love and support of those that fuel your heart, soul and spirit. And that the blank pages of your “2015 Book of Life” will be filled up with wonderful high-lights to mark important events in your life, but more importantly that you fill the in-between moments with the beautiful but ordinary times, as that is the real magic.
"Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance." Oprah Winfrey
And as I close, thank you for your love and friendship as that fuels my heart, soul & spirit.
With Love, Gayle
|My co-conspirator & buddy - Jen|
|Posing with good friends, Lezah, Jacie, me and Elizabeth|
|Sis in Law, Denise.|
|Dear friend, Gwenn & GiGi, my mom|
|My sweetheart, Randy & brother Barry|
|Fun Fall times with the Jen's family|
|Posing with Randy's cool jeep|
|A fun get away with travel buddy, Kaitlyn|
|A favorite pic of Randy and me|
|My family and most of the Montana crew|
|GiGI, my brother, Rivers and new sis-in-law, Edie|
|Miss Sarah & her dad|