first heard this song the day my niece Tendai was born. Although she isn't pictured here the song keeps her close to my heart) The year in review is such an amazing journey for me to take. I hit some real benchmarks with my business, tackled some serious health issues, rekindle so many friendships from (gulp) 30 years ago by embracing Facebook, and had both my sons married within 6 weeks of each other! The gabmit of emotions ran from fear to pure joy. Being a human on the face of this earth can be such a challenge. The political climate was a tough one for me and drove me inward towards my art. Some burdens were lifted while new ones took their places. I continue to reflect most days on my blessings, enjoying small wonders and celebrating even the hardest moments this life hands me. I tried my best to honor the past, and live in the present and create the future. Did I stumble and fall, of course, but I told myself that at least I fell. That means I'm moving forward. I remind myself that as with anything in nature, when we stop growing, we die. So my friends, here's to continued growth! With gratitude, Laurie B
Laurie Roskam had a long career in the legal field. She served as a Deputy Circuit Clerk, States Attorney Juvenile Division Director, and a Legislative Assistant to a Senator and Representative in the state of Wisconsin. Following her run in politics, she moved into the Real Estate arena in Central Illinois. After 25 years of working as a "professional" she decided it was time to take on other challenges. She became a Master Gardner, a Certified Herbologist through the East West Herb Courses, and a Stained Glass Commissioner.