It is a glorious autumn day here in Long Hollow.
The window behind my monitor is filled with cloudless blue sky and shimmering leaves of orange and gold.
Tomorrow I will be focused on cooking and celebrating with a few of my kids, so today I'm indulging myself with reflection and the sharing of a few major "sweets" since my last post in May.
First and foremost, we have a new grandson!
Because of COVID, I haven't been able to spend as much time with him as I did his big brother (who turned 2 in June!) but I'm grateful his mom is so good about sharing photos and videos.
I did snap this one of my baby and his baby, though.
Any minute now my middle son will be walking through the front door and Belle will go nuts!
She hasn't seen him in a few weeks because in October he started a new job in the Dallas area. He loves it!
While I miss him being in Austin, I am grateful he was given this opportunity for change and growth and he grabbed it.
I had a couple of days on the beach in Port Aransas, thanks to my daughter and her husband who let me join them for a part of their get-away.
They had a condo right on the beach.
Definitely one of my happy places!
The real estate market here hasn't slowed down a bit!
(Which is why I'm especially grateful for that escape to the beach!)
Happy hours, classes, masterminds with Gary Keller, and a convention, all via Zoom!
Even my grandson's 2-year-old birthday party!
I experienced a drive by birthday for a 90-year-old friend and a drive by baby shower.
I've been intentional about sorting through photos in albums I inherited from my parents, grandmothers, and aunt.
Eventually I'll mail them to my relatives.
Our 13-year-old grandpuppy came for a visit in July as the new baby's arrival became imminent.
We've always enjoyed having her and she loved being a country dog.
It was meant to be a temporary visit, but she was soon diagnosed with bladder cancer.
I became very familiar with doggy diapers.
I'm grateful we were able to care for her in her last months, giving my son and his wife peace of mind about their first "baby" while working from home and handling the challenge of two little ones.
And I'm grateful she was able to meet her new little brother.
She was always a wonderful big sister.
Despite the turmoil and sadness and challenges that have surrounded us in 2020, I am especially grateful that my own family has remained COVID-free and employed.
I know there are so many who haven't been that fortunate, but I pray they are still able to find some beauty and goodness in each day.
May God bless each one of you.
Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!
~Henry Ward Beecher