I hope your Christmas, or Chanukah, holidays were wonderful. I had a really terrific time with all my kids, and got wonderful gifts I REALLY loved from them. But the best gift of all was being with them, and sharing family time. We were all so grateful to be together. And our holiday time is almost over. They leave tomorrow, and on Tuesday, I’ll be at my desk, back at work, working on books for the months ahead. So my holidays are drawing to a close. Each one of my kids gave me special gifts, but their presence at home was what I cherished most. One of my daughters gave me gorgeous evening shoes, with “I love you, Mommy” written in sequins in French, and a gold bracelet that says I love you, and a bunch of other lovely presents too. Two of my daughters gave me a beautiful little table from the l950’s, by a furniture designer whose work I love, it has an Asian scene on it, and I put it in the living room. Knowing how I love shoes, several of my daughters gave me shoes I’m crazy about. And another of my daughters gave me two great jade bracelets and a necklace. One of my older sons gave me a fantastic giant poster (about 5 feet high and 5 feet wide) with photographs of 9 antique typewriters, and the words “Mom” and “Love” and other words typed out. And my youngest son gave me a little journal I will cherish forever, where he wrote down his favorite memories with me, of things we’ve done together, and a ski trip we took together about 5 years ago, he wrote down all the things he loves about our relationship, what he admires in me, what he feels I’ve taught him, and the advice I’ve shared. it is an incredible gift of love, and said things any mother would give just about anything to hear. They were all incredibly generous and thoughtful, and we shared some wonderful meals and fun times together. We are all sad to see the holidays end as they pack to leave.
They all have New Year’s plans in their various cities, that sound like fun, and they’ll enjoy. I’ve had a couple of invitations, but I’m opting for an easy, relaxed New Year’s eve, the kind I like best. I hate going out on New Year’s eve, being on the road, or in a crowd of people trying too hard to have fun (while I wish I were home in bed!!). So I am opting to spend New Year’s eve with my two tiny teacup Chihuahuas, Minnie and Blue, happily in my pajamas, and maybe watching reruns of Downton Abbey on DVD. YES!!! There are more exciting ways to spend that evening, and I could be in Paris or New York, or at a black tie dinner….but Minnie and Blue win this one hands down!! I’m happy not to be going out, watching everyone try too hard. And I’d much rather be in my PJ’s than an evening gown. A glamourous romance to celebrate the new year would be nice, but I’m very happy with my new year plans.
It has been a busy, sometimes turbulent year. I’ve worked hard, and you’ve been enjoying the books. I’m REALLY excited about publishing 6 books next year, and I think you’ll love the books that will be coming out. I hope you will. We’ll start off with the next new one, “Blue” on January 19th, about a homeless boy, who crosses paths with a remarkable woman who takes him under her wing, and they change each other’s lives. It’s a book about never giving up hope, and how life can be renewed when you least expect it.
I hope that the coming year will be filled with joy and hope for you, with victories, big and small pleasures, good friends, good health, wonderful times, happy days, success at your jobs, I hope it will be a year that sees all your dreams come to fruition. I hope it will be your BEST year ever. So here’s to 2016!!!! And however you choose to see the new year in, I hope that 2016 will be fabulous for you!! The best is yet to come!!!
all my love and Happy New Year!!!