2012 is coming to an end. This has been a very rough year combined with 2 moves and loads of health issues. Also, we've seen some pretty terrible things this year. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the shootings in Connecticut and on Christmas Day we had tornadoes here in the Gulf Coast.
But I still have a lot of things to be grateful for and here now is a list of all the things that have made 2012 special.
1: My mom and best friend. I don't know what I'd do without her to laugh with. She's an angel on Earth.
2: N.J. Walters. This woman is amazing. She's an author but she's also a dear friend who always seems to know when I'm down and she does something to cheer me up. For Christmas she sent me THE most beautiful card ever and she made the card herself. It wasn't store-bought.
3: Kevin Hopson and Rose Oliveri. Both of these wonderful people have helped Mom and me through some really rough patches and I love them dearly for it.
4: Glenn Kleier. He is a constant source of friendship and support. When we moved into our new place he sent a couple of housewarming gifts that brought smiles to our faces.
5: Laura Stamps. I LOVE this woman. She helped mom and I when we desperately needed to feel safe. And she also sent us a housewarming gift. I am so grateful I joined Twitter just to have met this woman.
6: Mamabear & Spatz. My two adorable kitties. They are the ones I totally credit with bringing Mom and me out of a depression after having to move a second time.
7: Lea Schizas. She's my publisher but also a dear friend and we talk to her on the phone a lot. She's been there for me and for Mom through many of our more recent difficult times.
8: Litsa Kamateros: Our marketing director and the sweetest woman you could ever know. She too has been there for us and is a wonderful friend.
9: Gail Branan. This woman is wonderful and she helped in ways I can't express when we desperately needed it and thought we were alone.
10: Suzi Safi. I love this woman. She is the sweetest person ever. She's a dear friend whom I treasure and I wish I still lived close enough to visit. I miss you angel girl!
11: Charlotte Volnek. She is a dear friend who's kept my secrets even while she let me unload my troubles on her shoulder. Love you C.K.
12: Marion Sipe. I cherish this woman for making my mom smile. Best gift ever that I could receive.
13: Sara Durham. She has been a true friend for several years now and I am so grateful for her.
14: Nancy, Chris and Greta, my three editors. These ladies are wonderful and I adore each and every single one of them.
15: Emmy Ellis. I have known this woman for several years and she's a sweetheart and so much fun. Wish I lived in England.:-)
16: Tanja. She's been a dear friend and confidant to both my mother and me. I love you sweetie.
There are so many more, too many to count but I want you all to know just how much I cherish you. Happy New Year and may 2013 be an amazing year for us all.