Happy New Year, Everyone! I’ve been MIA for a couple months now and I’ve missed blogging. I want to welcome my new followers. I’ll try to visit your blogs soon. My last post was in October. At that time our house was still on the market and multiple showings took up much of my time and energy. By the end of our contract we had two extremely low offers, much too low for us to comfortably accept. Both buyers wrote us letters meant to tug on our heartstrings. In my humble opinion, neither could actually afford our house and since we are not desperate to sell, we’ve decided to hold onto our house for now. After six tedious months, it was a relief to take our house off the market. The good news is that my hubby is now retired and we are finally under the same roof. 🙂 We enjoyed a delightful Thanksgiving weekend with friends in Idaho, and I was so happy as we started on the drive back home. But then I received a phone call with news that made me cry the rest of the way: my father, whom I had not seen (and barely heard from) in ten long years, is extremely sick. Long story short, he flew back to the states in mid-December and was immediately taken to the VA hospital where he was admitted and treated. He had blood clots on his lungs and cancer in his kidney. The day after Christmas he had surgery to remove his kidney. The surgeon told me that he took out a tumor the size of a football, but unfortunately the cancer had metastasized and remains on other organs and in his vena cava vein. My father stayed for several days afterwards at the Huntsman Cancer Institute where I visited him when I could. Now he is in a nursing facility struggling with severe edema that is caused by a blockage. His recovery is slow-going and his remaining kidney isn’t functioning as it needs to with the edema. And that pretty much sums up my mind and time lately. I am getting reaquainted with my father after all these years and seeing him so sick is really hard on me. I was always a daddy’s girl growing up and many times over the past ten years I deeply missed having a father in my life. I always wondered if I would ever see him again. The highlights of December was having my own family all together to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas Live, and to celebrate Christmas, and hosting a Christmas craft party for 23 adorable neighbor girls. Oh my goodness, that was so much fun! I am looking forward to starting craft days back up. I just don’t know when to schedule anything at this time with all that is going on with my father. But, I am thinking of trying some new things with my crafting this year so that is giving me something to plan and look forward to. I’m also enjoying the daily company of my wonderful husband. I need him more than ever and I’m so blessed to have him in my life. Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope your new year is off to a fantastic start. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you set a resolution and it’s not going as you had hoped. All that matters is that we make the most of every day.