Happy Holidays From AoA

We are moving through another holiday season here at the AoA home. For the first holiday in a while, no one is seriously ill, injured, or recently passed away. We are counting are blessings and treading lightly through the rest of 2022!

Along with the holidays, nature thought we all needed a zap of cold air here in North America. In Tennessee, where I live, we are having several days in a row where the temperature doesn’t get above 15 F! We have to keep the water dripping to avoid having frozen pipes. Luckily, we have a gas fireplace that can warm the whole house if it has to!

My Basset Hound, Wally, is almost 10 years old! He loves to cuddle….

We have had kind of a quiet holiday season. Here are some of the highlights….

Mom and I took gifts to my aunt in the nursing home. She is now on hospice care and very much at peace.
Mom’s 80th birthday exactly one week before Christmas! She’s still perky!
My sister came up for mom’s birthday. It was really cold, and she was hot….hence the bare feet and sleeveless shirt.
Little AoA couldn’t quite move past Halloween….
We attend one show- A Drag Queen Christmas, in Nashville. Sadly, extra security was needed, as it was right after the Club Q tragedy. The show was excellent- well done- did not disappoint! Love our Drag Queens❤️🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
I started the season by making this to celebrate our first LGBTQ+ float in our community holiday parade- history was made.🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️❤️

The AoA kids did receive their annual holiday cards from the dad. No money, no note, no gift….just a card and a trigger memory. Little AoA remembered that they haven’t received a gift in the last 6 years. They would get small amounts of money as gifts at supervised visits, but the dad would take it back to “keep it safe”. Just for the added stab, the dad decided not to send the little bit of child support he is suppose to pay for November or December. I guess that was “punishment”….in his mind, but who knows?

While we still have things to deal with regarding mental health, I am so very thankful to have support. The support I found here, through other groups, therapists, books, friends, and family. I walked through my own fire, now to be able help the AoA teens on their journeys.

Happy Holidays Everyone! Much Love to you and your families❤️


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