Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Getting ready to travel to Virginia to see my family for the holidays, I had a lovely (if not busy) time making ornaments, buying gifts, and decorating a tree. It's been especially sweet introducing Tilly to these traditions. She really seems to be getting the idea of gift giving... just a few days ago she handed me an empty brown shopping bag and declared "I got you a present!"

These sweet moments stand in stark contrast to the recent tragedy, which I can barely name without melting into despair. It's shadows keep rising to the surface when I least expect them. We are beyond lucky to walk this planet, live this life, love our children, family, and friends. The improbability of it all is almost too much to bear. May the coming year by fill us all with love and gratitude.


Elaine Magliaro said...


I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! Tilda has grown so much--just like Julia. I so enjoy being a nanny granny. It's such fun watching our children and grandchildren as they grown and change and learn new things, isn't it?

Libby Koponen said...

Oh, Anna, this is my favorite post ever of yours: so beautiful (what you are saying and how you say it) that it brought tears to my eyes.

And that picture of Tilly and the image of her giving you a present!!!