"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve 2013

Jewel and Ruth are awaiting Christmas.
Because of this snowfall last weekend, the day after our big holiday party--we'll have a white one, even though we've not had any snow since then.

The Chap and I are having a very simple and quiet Christmas Week. We'd planned it that way, after such a busy year of transition (new job, new house, new habits) and travel. But our desire for peace and reflection is even stronger following the unexpected death of my father five days ago. Late last evening I returned to New Hampshire after attending his funeral and spending time with family. He lived a long and full and very rich life, was deeply loved and admired by all who knew him. We greatly appreciate the presence of so many relatives and friends--and all those fond and/or funny stories they shared. We who love him are thankful he is at rest now, and we'll forever miss him. He was so very pleased and excited about our move earlier this year, and enjoyed the photographs of our new house and the Christmas and party decorations.

May all who celebrate today and tomorrow have a blessed Christmas. Best wishes also for a happy and prosperous 2014.


Thomas Hogglestock said...

So sorry to hear about your father, that must make for a bittersweet holiday. Snuggling up with the Chap and the girls will no doubt go a long way to comfort you. Merry Christmas.

Margaret Porter said...

Thanks, Thomas. Christmas is always a good day, and plenty of happy memories. My dad loved the holidays.

Nan said...

I am so very sorry.

Anonymous said...

I'm just catching up with blogs and news and was so sorry to hear about your father.
Wishing you and your chap a happy, healthy and successful New Year.
Carol Warham

Anonymous said...

Maggie....So sorry to hear about your dad. My dad passed away Dec. 19, 1998 and my mom on Dec. 10, 2008. Although Christmas time deaths are difficult, there is no sweeter time to remember where they are, with our Savior. Thinking of you and yours...Love and blessings, Liz