My friend Lisa recently sent me her collection of all the old Christmas cards that I had hand painted over the years. I had forgotten that I did that many!! I wish it were not SO expensive now to do this. Even the postage is up to 55 cents each! I did love doing them. The cabin in winter card painting is framed and hanging the wall here in Madison. And I wish I could find the original of the birch tree shadows on snow at the bottom left...it was the view out our window at 7 mile house.
The dining room table scene is from 7 mile house...just before all the children arrived to have one of those memorable big family Christmases that you think will last forever...and come to find out they don't. Time moves on.
Looking at it, though, I can bring back that moment...the sun slanting through the dining room window. All the grandchildren (12 of them) were so young...many still babes in arms. A real fire in the fireplace crackling, hot rum drinks, games and presents, wet mittens, and so much food. Looking at all these cards just brings back so many happy memories.
I wish you all a hopeful, gentle and sweet Christmas. I know it's just not like that every year. There are so many losses and so many changes. The Christmas cards and email greetings this year were fewer because of that. And old friends and family now live on in our memories.
Our church here in Madison is focusing on the stars this year...somewhat based on photos from the James Webb telescope to inspire us! Every song the choir sings has a star theme or a night sky theme. Every sermon refers to our cosmic connection to the universe.