I’m started about half a dozen posts since my last one on November 23rd. For one reason or another, they never quite make it to “published”. Images, copy, recipes. They all take time… time that I can’t seem to find or want to make. Not to mention, I really don’t need any added, albeit self-imposed, pressure in my life right now. It’s been a busy year and things are nowhere near to slowing down!
Luckily the holiday season has included a few moments of rest and cookie baking. But even luckier, we’re having a bit of an untraditional holiday this year and it starts tomorrow! (Yes, it’s even more untraditional than the British Virgin Islands!) My mom, two sisters—Cherie and Renee—and I depart for THAILAND to visit our sister Christine, who has been serving a mission there for the last year and nine months. We start in Chiang Mai (where we’ll be for Christmas) and then through Bangkok on our way to Pattaya, where she’s been living for the better part of her mission. I cannot even begin to imagine what we will experience while we are there! Christine has come to love and call home this place, and I’m so excited to see it through her eyes.
From Thailand, I fly to Pasadena, California with my mom and sister Renee to ring in the new year. It’s here that we’ll get to experience both the preparations and main event of the Rose Bowl Parade New Years Day. I work for a nonprofit called Donate Life America; and there is a Rose Bowl Parade float called the “Donate Life Float” that dedicated to organ, eye and tissue donors and recipients! It’s my turn to go and represent, as well as to care for the family we are sponsoring—a young heart recipient and her parents. From what I’ve heard, it’s an incredibly moving experience to be a part of.
I am then finally reunited with Garland on January 3rd… and then the year of our wedding will have officially begun!
Wishing all of my friends, family and readers a happy and peaceful holiday season <3