Happy Holidays!

We have survived our arduous commitment with Amazon and can now look forward to getting back to a “normal” schedule.  In a couple of days we will head to Indiana to spend time with family during the holidays.  We hope you all are surrounded by the love of family and friends during this very blessed season,  and experience deep joy and inner peace.

I am most grateful to all of you who have followed along this year and supported us during some challenging times.   Over the past several weeks of working long days I have missed your blogs, your eloquent writing, stunning photography, and beautiful artistry.  I look forward to catching up on your lives and returning to writing after the first of the year, from a much warmer, sunnier location. 🙂

Happy holidays to you and your family!

79 thoughts on “Happy Holidays!

  • I’m so glad you have survived and can now go on to much more pleasant adventures. We have all missed your blogs, looking forward to new ones. Happy holidays and happy traveling.

    • Amazon passed out t-shirts at the end of our final shift and I suggested they should have a shirt that says “I survived peak”, as many do not make it. Five 10’s and 12-hour days are tiring for sure. I am looking forward to getting back to enjoying nature instead of feeling like a vampire. Have a great Christmas in northern AZ.

    • Thanks Ingrid! I hope you enjoy your Christmas holiday in Phoenix with your son. I look forward to getting back to travel and a normal existence.

  • I love the header photo. Says it all about what this season is all about.

    It has been a wonderful experience following along with you two and all your adventures.

    Please have a safe trip home, make tons of memories with the family, and just enjoy the peace that season brings.

    • Thanks Marsha. Given our recent schedule, I have had to set blogging aside for the moment but look forward to catching up with everyone again after the holidays. We hope you and Paul have a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by those you love. Looking back at this year, although we have had our challenges, we feel truly blessed.

  • It has been a good year working at the college office part time and taking little driving trips to refresh my spirit. Most recently, I drove to Palos Verdes, CA to spend some time with my son. We did some sightseeing, walked along the beach, enjoyed the varied cuisine of the big city and caught up on each other‘s news. My daughter and her family have moved up to Plentywood, MT where my son-in-law is the Pastor for three churches, riding circuit! It is so far away. We keep posted on Facebook.

    Got to brag at my book clubs! The magazine Reminisce Extra, September issue, published my article and photos about my High School Senior Play and I got paid! This is my second paid publication, having been published professionally when a Medical Librarian.

    The Sedona United Methodist Church activities remain a big part of my life; chancel choir, solos for Special Music & Drama Team. We are preparing our Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols for December 15th and will also go caroling in the afternoon.

    Hope you and yours are well and happy and that you have a peaceful Holiday and a wonderful New Year,

    • Thank you Sheila. I hope you and hubby have a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to catching up after the first of the year. Right now we are trying to catch up on sleep. 😉

  • We are so happy for you that Amazon is behind you and a lot of wonderful experiences are in your future. We imagine returning to a regular daily schedule will be the first change you will be easing into for a few restful days. Enjoy your Christmas and New Year time with your friends and family. We’ll be thinking about you with many positive thoughts for the future.
    Roger & Gayl

    • Thanks Roger and Gayl. We still seem to be in a fog as we begin to transition back to a daytime schedule but are glad to have this behind us. We head to Indy on Monday to spend a few days with family celebrating the holiday. Hope you both are well and that you have a blessed Christmas with family. Love to you both.

  • I thought of you every time that I ordered from Amazon this holiday season. 🙂
    I wish you & your family a most wonderful Christmas & a new year filled with lots of smiles & blessings.

    • Thanks RoSy. I have missed the blogging community but something had to give when our work schedule moved to five 10’s. I have great empathy for those who have to work in this type of environment to make ends meet. I look forward to catching up after the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and your family. 🙂

    • Thank you Gay. I have missed the blogging community and look forward to catching up again after the holidays, from sunny FL. Have a blessed Christmas.

    • I can’t believe it is finally over! I am still in a fog but I will gladly take that as we transition back to a normal life. I have missed your beautiful photography and look forward to seeing it again after the holidays. Merry Christmas my friend! 🙂

    • I gave up trying to juggle anything but work when our schedules got so demanding. I look forward to catching up with everyone in the blogging community after the first of the year. Have a blessed Christmas Amy.

      • Wish we could be there too! Sorry to have been away for awhile but long work hours has not been conducive to blogging. Hope you and Mike have a wonderful Christmas holiday. I will be catching up with what you and Mike have been doing after the holidays. 🙂

  • So glad you survived your work at Amazon. Probably not going to happen next year!? We’ve missed hearing from you and look forward to having you back.

    Travel safely to Indiana.

    Enjoy your time with family:)

    Merry Christmas!

    • We will not be doing that again! The extra money was nice but not worth all the hard work. I empathize with those who must do this kind of work to support themselves and their families. I hope you two have a wonderful holiday. Since I have been away from blogging for a bit, have you already been on your cruise?

  • I’m glad to hear that you guys made it through. LuAnn, I thought of you two nighthawks every time an Amazon package showed up at our house. Relax (I’m sure no one has to tell you this.), and have a great holiday. ~James

    • Thanks James! And given where you live, perhaps we had a hand (literally) in picking your products! We both survived and I have a great deal of empathy for those who have to work in this type of environment to pay their bills and put food on the table. It is a hard life and we only did it for 3 months. We hope you and Terri have a wonderful holiday and it would be lovely if we were able to meet the two of you next year. 🙂

  • Glad your Amazon time is up and you can get back to a normal schedule which includes seeing family and enjoying this holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

    • We are thankful it is over and look forward to visiting family over the holidays. Wherever your travels take you, be safe, and have a Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • May I wish both you LuAnn and Terry a very merry (literally) Christmas & a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. A big warm Christmassy hug. Ralph xox 😀

    • Thanks so much Ralph. It has been difficult being away from blogging but I plan to catch up with what has been going on in everyone’s life after the holidays. Have a wonderful Christmas. Hope this comment finds you well and that you experience great health, great joy, and perhaps the company of a lovely senorita in 2014. 🙂

      • It has been a really difficult year for you T & L. Hopefully next year we will see you out and about and on your travels again. Good luck my friends !!
        Thank you for your pleasantries especially the senorita. I shall look forward to that 😉
        Well you have another year of me to answer to. I don’t know how you coped with me this year 😉 xox

    • Merry Christmas to you and Linda. I look forward to getting back to blogging after the new year and catching up on your wonderful photography. I hope you and Linda have a prosperous, healthy, joyful 2014!

  • Merry Christmas! So glad that you survived Amazon. Now that you know that you can do it…..you never need to do it again!

    Look forward to following your adventures in 2014!

  • The Merriest Christmas ever, LuAnn! I am so happy you survived your commitment and wish you just the best, happiest and relaxing time with family and friends for Christmas! All my love to you, Penny xo

    • Thank you Penny. I am glad to say goodbye to 2013 and look forward to a much more restful, healthy 2014. I have missed the blogging community, especially your wonderful posts, and look forward to reconnecting after the first of the year. Wishing you much joy, great health, and all the blessings you so deserve in 2014. Enjoy the holiday with your family and guest. 🙂

  • Merry Christmas, Luann. Though I’m away from loved ones, I’m just happy I get the time off. 😀 I’m used to it. And I can always make my day merry. 😀 Nice to hear from you again. Happy Holidays!

    • Merry Christmas Rommel. I am glad to hear you have the time off. This is the first year in some time that we have spent Christmas with family. When I worked in corporate America, I was never allowed to take time off over the holidays so flying to see family was not an option. I hope you have a wonderful 2014, with time for some travels and exploration. We head to Florida in a couple of days for the winter. I am looking forward to being on the road again. 🙂

  • WP just isn’t the same without you, so glad that the big capitalist giants of this world won’t keep you from us anymore. Have an excellent Christmas and a well earned rest.

    • Thanks Ste J. I have had you, Christina, and Penny on my mind quite often recently and hope you are all enjoying the holiday. We will be hitting the road in a few days, heading south to Florida for the winter. I look forward to reconnecting via the blogosphere. 🙂

      • it’s been a great holiday and there was a little bit of snow today so I felt festive…although we are yet to watch Hard! I would recommend driving on the road my friend saves those doctors bills when you break bones punching the asphalt.

      • I never broke any bones until 6 years ago, when I slipped on the ice in Yellowstone NP; put my hands behind me to catch my fall so I didn’t hit the sidewalk; broke my right wrist; and went back to the doctor later in the day to discover I badly sprained the other one! How is that for being a klutz? 😉 Needless to say, I was comic relief for the office for some time. 🙂

  • a belated greeting but hope you are still enjoying the holidays and with good weather. 🙂
    take care and well, here comes the new year!! 😛

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