The lights are down, the Christmas decorations are all put away, and 2012 has tottered off into history. Outside, the skies are low and gray and a cold rain is falling, but, even so, I have to admit I love this most reflective time of year. It’s a time for putting a pot of soup on the stove, setting some bread to rise, and thinking about all the things this brand new, totally unused year might bring.
Some of the things I see coming up in the new year are exciting. My first novel, Welcome to Last Chance, will be released in August and I am so looking forward to that. There will be trips to take, things to learn, more books to write, and everyone will have another birthday. There will be villains and heroes, some great laughs, and, I’m sure, more than a few tears. It will be a year—365 days worth.
One great hope of mine for 2013 is that we can get to know one another. I’ll be posting here twice a week about home, family, traditions, and hospitality. I’ll toss in a recipe every now and then, and I’ll keep you posted about what’s going on with the books. And I want to hear from you, too! Because I have a feeling that we all want pretty much the same thing. We want a life that’s less frantic and more deliberate. We’d rather have a community than a network. And we want people around us who can remind us, should we ever lose sight of the fact, that no matter what 2013 holds, none of it is going to take God by surprise. And he’s got it all under control.
What would you most like to see in 2013?