Monday, January 6, 2014

Merry Christmas 2013 - Better Late Than Never!

 
I began this post in Texas, enjoying the relative warmth of a southern climate while celebrating Christmas with our daughter and her children.  Then the seemingly ever-present technological complications occurred and the post was never completed.
 
Now New Year's has past, I have two more posts in draft form, and I decided to send this one anyway.  Though I no longer make specific resolutions, I do set some goals for myself for the new year.  (Another post entirely.)  Suffice it to say, staying in touch with the community of writers, photographers and friends is important to me, and holidays seem to bring everyone together again.
 
So here is my Christmas post, and I hope you had as joyous a holiday as we did.

 

The drive to my daughter's, in Texas, is a grueling one.  We were not looking forward to the 21+ hours on the car! but we were gladly leaving behind the most current winter weather in Michigan!  Ice and snow and cold...ENOUGH! (Another post to come about Mother Nature and the gift that also keeps on giving!)

 
When we started out the ice had stopped, but the snow had started.  It was slow going until we rounded the Southern end of Lake Michigan and headed out out of Chicago. Then all signs of Mother Nature's temper tantrum seemed to magically disappear and it was smooth sailing from there!

 
Crossing the Mississippi River in bright sunshine and 45 degree temperatures lifted our spirits as we continued south, enjoying the changing landscapes as well as the occasional rest stop for coffee.
Migration of Snow Geese

 
Two nights on the road and we arrived in time for lunch on Christmas Eve.  Time for family and the celebration of the miracle that happened so long ago, and keeps giving the gift every day.

We hope your Christmas WAS as joyous as ours!


  Merry Christmas!
 and
Happy New Year!

3 comments:

S. Etole said...

Hope you have a wonderful and warm new year.

Kamana said...

wishing you all the best for the new year.

Jeanie said...

And to you, Sandy! As always, fabulous photos and beautiful people! Happy New Year!