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Family Is Everything

This year we may all be celebrating the holidays in a different way than we normally do. Some may be having much smaller family gatherings by choice, and some may have lost precious loved ones who will be missing around the table. It certainly has been a challenging year for all of us. We have learned so much from this difficult year––some lessons we wish we could have been spared.

Still, the holidays, Christmas in particular, will always be a time I count my blessings––naming them one by one. Have I experienced loss and life altering change this year? Yes, like many, I do not possess super-powers to ward the bad away, and this year has taught me to pray for grace and mercy. So, what is there to be thankful for?

Like Leila, the heroine in my new novel Gravity, says, “Family is everything!” In many ways Leila’s story is my story, and those words couldn’t be truer. Nothing is more important to me than my family. Even in these difficult times, I do my best to make my family the priority. In the evenings, I call family and precious friends, checking that they are well. I start with a Facetime call to my 2 ½ year old grand-daughter, and she repeats after me, “May the angels of heaven watch over your head as you sleep through the night,” then giggles hysterically. My heart swells with love and all-consuming joy.

Next is the newest edition to my family, baby Jacob who prefers to be naked, and so we call him Nakey Jakey. I’ve only held Jacob in my arms for one brief week shortly after he was born, and my, the days have flown, and he has grown. Although I have the honor of singing him to sleep almost every night, my heart breaks when I have to say goodbye. Still, he is a 2020 blessing and fills my world with hope for a new generation that embodies the true definition of love, forgiveness, and tolerance.
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This holiday season my family will do as we have done for a few years now. Although Santa will come for the kids, the adults will give each other a priceless gift that cannot be bought––the gift of time spent with one another. We will gather in our PJs, whether by phone or virtually and laugh and share stories of days gone by. When the pandemic began, we started a group on an app that we all use to share celebrations and pictures from the past and present. It is a wonderful experience, and we will, I am certain, continue to share even more embarrassing pictures. We will text, talk, Zoom, and Facetime. But most of all, we will love one another because, “Family IS everything!” When Christmas Day comes to an end, I will lay my head down, close my eyes, and know––I am blessed, and all is well with my soul. 

Gravity: A force pulling together people and hearts.

After being shunned by her Middle Eastern family, medical assistant Leila Solomon struggles to build a life for herself and her child. Landscape photographer Aiden Stone built a career seeing what others miss, and the second he meets Leila, he is drawn to her unassuming beauty and fragile strength.

Leila cannot defy the gravitational forces pulling her toward Aiden and to the family who cast her out. To build a future with Aiden, she must face the past but is she strong enough to resist being pulled back into the family fold?


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  1. Jacob sounds like a wonderful baby.

    And, yes, virtual visits are such a nice way to connect wth loved ones.

  2. fun nickname

  3. My 87 y.o. mom was supposed to fly out and see my brother and his family but Covid restricted travel. It’s honestly a bit devastating because she’s not in the best of health, and who knows how much longer she’ll be around (let alone able to travel easily). Still, every day is a blessing… and so is family!

  4. We have really worked hard to stay connected this year, but I’m ready for more normality…I am very thankful for all my family!

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