Wishing You Good Health, Peace of Mind and Joy!

We weren’t along on on this camping trip, but Liam and Rachel got engaged shortly afterwards – another daughter! It’s fun to scroll back through the year’s pictures and memories. Here are some highlights from the 2017 chapter of my life story…

I’ll remember 2017 as the year I started exploring art – water color pencils are so much fun!
Signed two new book contracts this year, plus this one coming from Nimbus in 2018!
Having both kids in Georgia at the same time – such a treat! Super proud of Liam who passed his CPA exam, and Shannon who’s about to become a teacher. And they’re both stellar people!
We didn’t break any distance or speed records, but what fun biking the trails of Nova Scotia (and Ireland). We’re at Kejimkujik Park here.
Had the huge pleasure of visiting with hundreds of young readers this year, including this group in Toronto (part of the DeMar DeRozan All-Star Reading Challenge). Nothing like seeing so many copies of your book in young hands!
30th Anniversary – same clothes as in 1987!
Toured bitterly cold Ottawa with my sister, Nance. Love the library at the Parliament Buildings.
In May, I got to accept the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration on behalf of SKY PIG illustrator, Suzanne Del Rizzo. And I got to enjoy the evening with my good friend, Laura Best:)
Beautiful Horseshoe Lake – our second home. Lovely except for the blackflies and mosquitoes…
Proud patriotic day in gorgeous Port Joli, NS on our annual writing retreat with friends Jill MacLean and Jackie Halsey (and Marcia Barss) as we awaited the drive-by of PM Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.
And the Trudeaus did not disappoint – she’s lovely, warm and beautiful. Keji Seaside for a backdrop isn’t too shabby, either.
Ten days stepping back in time exploring Ireland, Scotland and Liverpool – this is Howth, just outside Dublin.



Thank you SO MUCH for being part of my life story this year – every good wish for good health, peace of mind and joy in the coming year!



4 thoughts on “Wishing You Good Health, Peace of Mind and Joy!

  1. You had a great year and 2018 is promising to be just as wonderful. Things look different when we look back on a year and see all our accomplishments.

    You deserve all good things. Looking forward to more coffee dates at Vittles in 2018 and to reading you upcoming books!

  2. What a beautiful re-cap to a glorious year, Jan.
    My 2017 was challenging, and a good way to look at it is that coming through challenges is a blessing. I am looking forward to 2018 and to maybe fewer such blessings 😉

    1. I hear you, Mirka – 2016 was that challenging year for me. It’s nice to have the perspective of “middle age” to help us through:) I look forward to keeping up with you in 2018!

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