Peace, Love, Joy
Our presents are (mostly wrapped), our house is (somewhat) clean, and our holiday plans are under way this Christmas season of 2013. We are finally exiting an incredible year. I’ve been laying low for the last couple of months. In fact, I feel very disconnected and, truth be told, a little guilty for not reaching out to more people more often. As the weeks go by and it gets farther and farther away from the day of Ana’s transplant (2/5/13), I have found myself…forgetting…how very precarious her health was.
I don’t want to get pulled back into the daily white noise of life that seems to drag me further away from the community of people who got us through the absolute worst time in my life. I don’t know how to stop this undertow of “normal” that’s somehow getting in the way of my good intentions.
I know its healthy for me to carry on. I know how very lucky we are. I mean…here it is:
Jim and I have had a lot of conversations lately about how we can thank people – especially those of you who went way above and beyond anything we ever asked for or expected. I think (hope) you know who you are. You’re the ones who taught me that people need each other when things go very wrong. So, maybe it won’t happen overnight – this miraculous change in who I am and how I interact with people, drawing them into my life more by giving back, paying forward and reaching out, but it’s something I’m going to work on in 2014 – a lot.
What a year it’s been. I wish everyone joy, peace, many blessings and (above all) health for the coming year. There are people out there struggling right now, as there always will be. My last blogged thought for 2013 will be to highlight two children and their struggle with cancer.
- Morgan Finch – a Saugerties teenager who found out her Leukemia was back (for the third time) two weeks ago. Here is a link to Morgan’s Facebook page which has an address for donations.
- Delaney Brown – an 8-year-old girl who was diagnosed with leukemia in May and is now terminal. Her family found out just a few days ago. They are now helping her go through her bucket list – Here is a link to Laney’s Facebook page, Team Laney. I am absolutely heartbroken for this family.
Please send your thoughts, prayers and love to these families.