I had such high hopes for this little guy. I imagined him to be finished, printed, and in the hands of Emily's teachers as we all parted for the holidays. The owl is their school symbol and I thought it would make an enjoyable and meaningful gift. It is nowhere near finished... I think I will finish it over Christmas break and tuck it away for end of the year gifts.
This holiday season has been the first in my adult life that I have worked outside of the home five days a week. Oh my, what a challenge. It has been such a relief to enlist the help of others for gift and goodie making. Instead of my owl print, Emily's teachers were given handmade soap. Made locally by a gal that my family has a rather important connection to so it seemed quite fitting. And her soap is truly amazing.
Tomorrow my girl turns twelve. In previous years I have been able to blog a few words on her special day, but honestly, this year I feel utterly speechless. Twelve seems so huge. At twelve years old I was babysitting, had a phone in my room, and was slow dancing with boys to Stairway to Heaven at school dances (geeez....). She is a very different twelve than I was, she is better. And that is all I've ever hoped for.
As you can imagine, we have a lot of merriment going on around here. I think I'll step away from the blog until next week. I hope your days ahead are filled with the abundant beauty and magic of the season. Many blessings to each of you!