As we close out the year, I have to say this has been Jack’s best year EVER! It’s the first year he hasn’t stepped foot (or wheelchair) inside a hospital. Part of the reason we avoided the hospital this year is because we chose not to return to St. Louis Children's Hospital for Jack’s annual checkups – which always involves multiple appointments at the hospital and at least one procedure in Same Day Surgery. Add to that the fact that Jack has been amazingly healthy and, the end result is a fantastic year for all of us. When Jack has a good year, we all have a good year.
This year I had the good fortune of spending a few days in Las Vegas with my fellow sorority sisters – women who “live the life” and who I count among my best friends. I also made my first trip to New Jersey/New York for my sister’s graduation from Columbia University. Lastly, we took our first family vacation together since before Eric was born and spent five wonderful days in San Diego. It was so refreshing to travel for fun this year instead of for doctors’ appointments. And what better way to finish the year than with Jack’s room makeover and the joy it has brought him. While the year was not completely without sadness due to my mom’s brain cancer diagnosis - my mom has thrown the statistics out the window and is still with us with no tumor recurrence. That is truly remarkable!
Last January, I shared with you the following:
So, I begin the New Year still somewhat lost, but with the resolve to let go of the need to always have a plan … to allow myself to simply enjoy the journey and not worry about the destination. I resolve to live life, not merely exist. I resolve to look at the view.
I end this year not lost, but refreshed and uplifted. I desperately needed a good year for Jack and I am so thankful to have received it. It’s amazing what good health and staying away from doctors will do for one’s mental well being. I didn’t merely get through this last year – I enjoyed it and I soaked in the view. I feel prepared to tackle whatever 2008 brings (not that I'm asking for any challenges).
I am thankful for so much this year – for Jack's good health, the opportunity to spend time with family and friends and the gift of some very special people who gave Jack the room of a lifetime. So ……… you know me and how much I love to create montages :-) If you can stand to watch another one, I share with you all that I have to be thankful for this last year: