To say that this past year has been very challenging is an understatement. Sadly, last month I lost my best friend, my amazing and loving father. He was not perfect, and no one is, but I could not have asked for a better father, and he loved his family so much. He was always there for us, providing, encouraging and sacrificing throughout our lives. I am saddened when I hear others talk about how poor their relationships were with their fathers, and wish they could have a similar experience. I was truly blessed to have such a loving and supportive father in my life. He loved seeing my new landscape designs and enjoyed watching how enthusiastically my paintings were selling. Sadly, my father had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit this past year and recent issues led to him passing away. I still find it so hard to believe that he is no longer with us. I miss my dad so much each and every day. With everything that has been going on, I am going to need some time off before I resume working on one of my Dad's favorite upcoming designs.