The fall had come up on us with all of the color and beauty and blustering nature that we have come to enjoy and respect here in the Midwest. In these northern parts there have been cold nights and even the first snows and we realize how fast this year has passed. What a year, indeed, and the challenges are no doubt not yet over. It has been hard to be so distanced from those we love dearly and technology has made us feel even more remote than miles ever could. I have spent more time contemplating what is truly important to me, and prioritizing those things in my own life. Like many, I find myself reaching back to basics and more simpler times so that I can find those inner strengths slumbering deep within my very soul. We cook for our small few and dream of larger gatherings of friends and family with food and drink, warm hugs, boisterous laughter and hearty conversation.
As I thought of the various holidays coming up and how different they will be this year I decided to paint a few images for personal cards to send to friends and family. Thinking of a variety of traditions and my Gaelic roots I found myself focusing on the traditions of Scotland. When I printed the images into cards I decided to share them more openly so that anyone who might want to write the old fashioned sentiments to friends or family and fancy the less ordinary greeting card, have more choices. Today, I added the following four cards into the Gallery – gift shop.
I hope you have the most loving and peaceful of Holiday seasons over the next several months. Enjoy the time with your immediate family and remember that in God’s time we will be able to broaden our circle once more and that will be all the more sweet, for absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. Seek peace. Share hope. Live a life of love, for it is the greatest power that exists, truly.