Good-bye, 2014 and hello, 2015

And, now, here we are, January 1, 2015.  Not only is it a new day but also a new year.  2015.  I remember that as a kid in the 1960’s  if I heard someone say something about the year 2000, it sounded so futuristic to me.  So “Jetsons.”  I pictured us riding around in flying cars, robots doing our housework (and homework) and all that.  And then came the “Back to the Future” movies where they shoot ahead 30 years and they are in the year 2015.  As I left the theater after seeing that movie I remember thinking and wondering what life will be like in the year 2015.

And, suddenly, here we are, the year 2015.  As I look around, I don’t see any of the futuristic things from either the Jetsons or Back to the Future and that’s okay.  What I do see are a lot of messages for peace, prosperity, new opportunities, and changes for the good.  I wish for all those things, too.  I see more people pulling together to help and support others.  I see more love and understanding and general concern for fellow human beings.  And, that to me is fantastic!

For my husband and I, I hope for a new beginning.   It’s interesting how one or two life changing events can turn things around for you.  Not just life changing events, but enormous life changing events and events that normally would seem to be negative.

The last couple of months of 2014 were filled with high stress, tension, sadness, loss, disbelief and shock.  The last couple of months also were filled with forgiveness, understanding, acceptance and compassion.  What seemed like the end at first, actually turned into the beginning.  What seemed like a complete loss actually became hope for new opportunities.

We started off with reduced income and then finally our income was lost completely.  Of course the loss of income set in motion a domino effect, which includes downsizing and moving to a new home.

But, in spite of such loss, we have also gained renewed hope.  Hope for a fresh start in the New Year.  We remember to keep our situation in perspective and maintain an attitude of gratitude.  We are blessed and still have so much, and we simply can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

We remember that in October of 2013, our little grandson nearly died shortly after he was born and now he is a healthy, energetic and adorable toddler.

We remember all the parents who have lost their little ones.

We remember all who suffer due to  illness, poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

We know how blessed we are; we won’t be homeless, we have a home to move into.

We still have our health insurance due to my husband’s retirement from the military.

And, our list of blessings goes on and on.

Instead of focusing on what we have lost, we will focus on the good that will come with this life changing event, which includes some opportunities for starting businesses and working toward some life goals and dreams.   Together, we will begin a new chapter with renewed vigor.

And, so, I wish all of you a very Happy New Year.  May it be a year of prosperity, good health, laughter, joy and happiness for all of you!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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Grandma’s Journal

Going outside with the kids is one of my favorite activities. Not long ago I posted on how Eric figured out by himself how to get up the hill that is our front yard. (the downward dog walk) So, today, he was working on going down the hill. He’s figured out that if he just does a reverse “commando crawl” that works a lot better for going down the hill than the stand up, lose your balance and roll down method. He tires easily of any kind of hill climbing and ends up just studying leaves, acorns and rocks within reach of where he is sitting. When he got tired of sitting he just used the regular crawl to get to either me or Bob, grabbed our pants legs and waited for us to pick him up! Being carried when you are tired is the best way of all!

Grandma’s Journal

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, I can’t imagine many things being better than to discover the world through the eyes of very small children. Bob and I took Norah and Eric for a ride in their wagon this morning. I absolutely love it when Norah says, “Do you hear that? The birds are chirping.” Or that the dogs are barking or asks if we see the cars and the big truck. She will point things out in the yards of neighbors. After we got back from our walk/ride we took our usual walk to the front yard where Norah loves to explore. Soon it was lunch time and as we began our journey toward the door, Norah and I stopped to look up at the trees and searched for the birds and squirrels that were hiding. It was so cool to watch her as she heard all the different bird sounds and she whispers, “Shh..what’s that? Did you hear that, Grandma?” I love watching her explore and discover.

Grandma’s Journal

Our front yard is a hill. It’s great in winter for sledding when we have snow. But, when you are brand new to walking and are just a few days short of your first birthday, that hill must seem like a mountain. Eric’s “I do it” spirit clearly was shining as he shook his hands free from mine, as I tried to offer assistance getting up the hill. He’d take a step or two, lose his balance, plop down and got back up again just to repeat the process. After a slight struggle, he finally figured out that a sort of walking “downward dog” worked pretty well to get up the hill by himself! (but grandma stayed close behind to prevent any sort of Jack/Jill effect of tumbling down the hill)