If only we could see into the future...would you want to? Would it be a blessing or a curse, or perhaps a little of both?
I've been away from Spark for a few months now; I needed to take a breather from way too many weight loss sites and endless hours on the computer. Again, a blessing and a curse; you meet so many wonderful people on here and yet the time spent catching up with everyone takes away from being present in our own lives. Trying to find the balance seems like a never ending task and at times, an insurmountable one.
The last time I blogged, our beloved dog Spencer had been diagnosed with bone cancer. Sadly, we had to lay him to rest on the Monday after Thanksgiving, much sooner than we had planned on, but the right thing to do for him. I miss him so much that at times, I can feel my heart breaking. Our other collie, Brady, is finding his way without his buddy, and I have no doubt in the coming year that we will once again add to our family.
I went on an amazing women's retreat in October in the also amazing state of Vermont. I reconnected with a high school girlfriend, and off we went to discover ourselves and to meet other amazing women; learning to open up our hearts and minds to the possibilities all around us. It was a magical time and I can't wait to see these ladies again soon!
I ventured to FL to "love on" my beautiful grandsons! it had been 6 months since I had visited last, and the changes were amazing. They are healthy and strong, my daughter and son-in-law continue to amaze me with how they have managed this major life style change, and all I can say is I will NOT wait another six months to go back. Already looking at my calendar to see when I get back!
I joined Weight Watchers and I have lost and gained the same 4 pounds since joining. I know the program works, I just have to follow it and stop letting life get in the way. So on to 2014 and success in this area of my life.
DH's mother, who will turn 93 on 1/2/2014, is not doing well. There has been a steady decline in her health over the last couple of months, and all involved thought she would likely pass before year end. I can't see into the future, so WHO KNOWS?? She has surprised me many times over the last year, rebounding from many life-threatening events. She is one tough lady, and I hope that she makes it to her 93rd! I take comfort knowing that she has lived a long and healthy life, and that she is being well-cared for. My time with her has been an adventure, to say the least!
Christmas was a quiet affair with just DH and myself at home. All 3 children were out of state this year, living their grown up lives. I both missed them terribly and enjoyed the quiet morning to myself with the Christmas tree shining,, a hot cup of coffee, and DH by my side.
I hope this finds all of you well! Time to reflect on the past year, to give thanks for all we have been blessed with, and to look forward to whatever surprises the future holds for life. I've learned that every day is a blessing, a treasure we have been given, and I wish for all of you that you continue to be blessed in the days to come.