A great many things happened to me in 2013. Some good. Some not so good. Some awful. I wouldn’t change any part of this journey, because it has led me to this very moment. I dealt with the bad; I want to celebrate the good.

Pumpkin and his mommy on Christmas Day, 2013

Pumpkin and his mommy on Christmas Day, 2013

The arrival of my newest nephew, Pumpkin, is one of the great highlights of my year. I love this little old man so very much. From the top of his soft little head, all the way across that smoochable face with the chubby jowls and multiple chins; his baby fingers and his fat little feet. He is perfection personified, and I couldn’t be happier to have him call me Titi (when he finally talks).
2013 brought a few new people into my life, like the beautiful Kristina, pictured above. I am so thankful for her.

My first freelance assignment was front page, above the fold.

I spent quality time with people I love to have fun with.

We laughed and smiled a lot.


Sometimes we were downright silly.



My mom and dad did a lot to remind me that I am loved and valued and have a purpose. I am so grateful for that.

My brother is still my little brother in all the important ways, and that is cool with me.

There are many things, feelings, people, habits and thoughts that I will leave behind in 2013, but what I carry forward into 2014 starts on a foundation of love and understanding

Happy New Year to all of you.