There's been too many days filled with visitors and too much caffiene....chocolates, hugs and laughter. And I don't want to leave my Aussie family. But sometimes we do what we have to in life.
I had a Christmas surrounded by family. Is there really anything else in life that can match that?
My special Dad Xmas Day!
The new year is just around the corner.....and another year without my loved ones. I have so much to write about but hope to commit more time to this space to help others when we get back to the USA.
We are flying New Years Eve so that should be fun...it means we get two New Years Eves which I think means two times the amount of things to do 'new' next year. New goals, new hopes, a new slate and new beginnings.....stay tuned! :)
Sorry this is such a short blog and not really newsworthy.
I did receive an email from my beautiful friend Glenna, who sent me these words below she found and so kindly thought to share. They are from the Dear Abby column last week................
The words resonated with me so deeply and I'm sure with any of you reading who have lost someone. I hope they can bring you some comfort as they did me!
DEAR ABBY: My beautiful 20-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. I am writing this not only for myself, but for all parents who have lost a child, and to all of the wonderful people who asked, "What can I do for you?"
At the time there wasn't much anyone could do to help, but after two years I have an answer: Accept me for who I am now.
When Rachel came into my life, it changed me profoundly. Losing her did the same. Her father and I work hard to honor her memory, but we will never "get over it" to the degree of being who we were before. I am different now. In some ways -- I think -- better. I am kinder, more patient, more appreciative of small things, but I am not as outgoing nor as quick to laugh.
I know people mean well when they encourage me to get on with my life, but this is my life. My priorities have changed. My expectations of what my future will hold have changed. Please extend to me again the offer of "anything I can do" and, please, accept me as I am now.
Wishing you all as Happy a New Years Eve as possible. Will catch you from the grand ol US of A! :) x