It's been a while since I have posted. Please forgive me. But really, when it boils right down to it, this blog takes the backseat to my "real" life - my family. I am rolling around in the grass of family, wrapping the blanket of family around me and diving into the pool of family water. I love it. It is what I have been missing the most for the past few years while I have been being an artist, teacher, author, and editor. And as if to coincide with my yearning, my family has blessed me with their presence, both geographically and physically, multiplying by leaps and bounds. I am literally on top of the world.
It still amazes me that through my art I have been not only able to see so much of the world this year, but to share it with my husband and even my daughter ~ trips that would not have been financially possible otherwise. I love what I do. As much as I love to see the light in my daughter's eyes as we gaze at the Grand Canyon or listen to Native American storytellers at Idyllwild, I love to see my students eyes shine when they do a successful transfer, or discover the talent that lies within. I don't think of it so much as teaching, but as sharing what I know and instilling confidence in those who come to my class. Sounds a lot like mothering, doesn't it? It's the same thing, to grow stron, confident people who can succeed with their dreams.
If you look closely, you can see the Colorado River in the upper right corner of this photo, the green dash. With my simple point and shoot camera, it is hard to get a sense of depth in this photo. That is exactly how I feel when trying to get my head around the depth of my love for for my family. I created six children. Children who are now creating their own. New mothers who need my presence almost as much as they needed me when they were born. As many of you know, I am taking next year off from traveling and teaching. When I made the decision, it was to refill my well, to find new directions in my art and spend more time with my parents as they age. The art part may still happen, but for now, it looks like it will be the year of family. I'm not complaining. Saturday we leave for a week at the beach - all 18 of the extended family in one big house. People say we're crazy ~ I couldn't be happier.