Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Year of Joy and Sorrow

by Leann

2014 is closing down as I spend precious time in Washington with my family. We have laughed much, loved much and been grateful for time spent together. The busy airport and crowded plane are forgotten for now, that uncomfortable time erased by hugs and the sticky fingered love of grandchildren.

Our gift this year was our new home and I have never lived in a place where the outside can come inside and bring such happiness. It is a bright and beautiful spot surrounded by water and wildlife and a sense of calm.

My daughter and son traveled the country and ventured out to Europe. It is good to experience their happiness as well. They were the first of our family to stay in the new house at Thanksgiving and we were so lucky they came.

My son and daughter-in-law are discovering the world through the brilliant eyes of their  daughters--who bring such light to their lives along with the challenges of parenthood.

My husband and I are lucky to be surrounded by dear and generous friends in our new spot in South Carolina. Most of them we have known for decades and it is good to share this aging thing with those who understand.

My sister, her wonderful friend rescued Lizzie--who I swear is part Golden retriever--my nephews, my new great nieces and great nephew all have brought such light and joy that I can stop and think of Marlowe without tears. When there is grief, being surrounded by the love of all of you, as well as by my reader friends, by my blog sisters and now by family helps absorb the pain of loss. 2014 was a full year. A good and bad year. A slice of life year. Happy New Year to all of you who come and read my little tales of happiness or woe. It is all good.

22 comments:

ezreader said...

Your home sounds wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Leann! Happy New Year, to you.

mary kennedy said...

So happy you are enjoying the holidays and family time, Leann. Family, friends and pets really do have the power to comfort us and lift our spirits. Enjoy the New Year!

Robyn K said...

Happy New Year! Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your new home.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm so happy you had a nice Christmas with family and friends. i was with my son, daughter in law and 2 grandchildren. My daughter in law's family was there too for a while and we had a lovely time. By the way, I am a bit over weight and with my bathrobe on and EVERYTHING sagging, my 3 years old grandson, asked me if I had a baby in my belly. I was not offended but told him Grandma was just fat. LOL He is so cute and funny.

Kay Finch said...

Happy New Year, Leann! Safe travels home!

Annette N said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, Leann. May 2015 bring a softer and more serene time, but filled with all the love you can hold in your heart.

Dawn Frazier said...

Happy new year Leann!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks. It is something I have dreamed about my whole life!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Patricia! Happy New Year!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary! They surely do! Happy New Year!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you Robyn! Happy New Year!

Leann Sweeney said...

Ha, Diane! They always say what's on their mind! When I arrived to see my grandkids, who I usually visit on Facetime over the phone, the four-year-old said "You look just like Grandma Leann!" Wonderful moment! Happy New Year!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Kay! Happy New Year!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you Annette! Happy New Year!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dawn! Happy New Year!

Lynda Turpin said...

I'm so glad you had the joy of family to help offset the difficult end of your year. May 2015 bring you peace and improved health in your wonderful new home. And thank you for the joy you bring through your wonderful books, and for your friendship and support. We don't always have to personally meet people to count them as friends. Happy New Year to you and your family - and give Wexford an extra hug for me.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

that's funny.

Linda Rima said...

Happy happy New Year! It can only get better.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I think I always enter every year with the impossible dream that it will be "the perfect year." But as you say, every year brings joy; every year brings sorrow. A year is just an accumulation of "one day at a times". Hope 2015 brings you more smiles than tears.

Caroline said...

The circle of life... Lost Sunny and gained the love of Honey and Onyx. Spent time with friends and family and enjoyed working on the new house. Still alive to thank God for each day and all the wonderful friends on Facebook and the wonderful books I have to read. God bless you all! And thank you for being part of it, Leann! <3

Debbie Rhoades said...

Oh, Leann, you girls are definitely part of my blessings. When I am having a bad day, all I have to do is tune into my cozy chicks and I always feel better. Thank God we are done with 2015. I am anxious for a brand new year with goodness and joy and happiness. Last year was definitely one of the worst ones of my 59 years living. God bless and keep you and yours, Leann.