Sunday, March 26, 2023

Spring Brought a Beautiful Surprise

Spring has had a hard time coming to the U.S this year, even here in NorCal. While we haven't had the snow and ice that have plagued much of the country, we're the first to receive the atmospheric rivers that come pouring in off the Pacific, and we can face the brunt of winter's fury. 

This year the very welcome rain has come with damaging winds, frightening floods, and devastating landslides. While our hearts go out to those who've suffered, we're in a sweet spot where none of these problems has had a direct effect. So far, we have the benefit of the water without the heavier costs, and we are deeply grateful. We're also pleased to see the official end of winter.

Then on the first day of spring, our family welcomed the greatest kind of blessing there is. Samuel Joseph was born March 21. Welcome, Sam!

There's nothing like a new baby to renew hope, instill peace, and lift spirits. Of course, we (the happy grandparents) get to watch and love from afar while the mom and dad do the hard work of getting him here and adjusted. We appreciate them too, and send them our congratulations and our love.

For those of you who haven't yet had the opportunity to be grandparents (real or virtual), let me assure you it's the best! Those of you who have grandbabies of your own already know. May spring bring you rich blessings as well.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 25 published novels including small-town sweet romance series set in and near the Navajo Nation and in the Sierra Nevada foothills. as well as five books in the Christmas Town series. Susan lives in northern California with Roger, her writer husband of 52 years. Contact her at her website:, @SusanAylworth, or via Susan loves travel, music, her large and scattered family, and perfect raspberry jam. She also loves hearing from readers, especially if you'd like to have your name in a future book. Beware: You may be the plucky sidekick or jealous rival!

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