Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

I usually like to start off the New Year with a reflection of the old. What did I enjoy?  What did I hate? What would I change?  Throughout 2015, my family and I wrote down memories or funny moments on little slips of paper that we put into a red Christmas tin that was once full of cookies.  And on New Year’s Eve we opened the tin and re-visited 2015.  I think it was our favorite moment of the whole year, kudos to whoever decided to “pin” the original post on Pinterest.

This was a great idea because there were so many little quirks and silly things my kids did at the beginning of the year that they wouldn’t even think about doing at the end simply because they were older. Kids age and change so much in 12 months.  Reading through some of Zayn’s funny sayings was great because I would have forgotten those sayings otherwise.  The only downside was, we wish there were more memories in there.  We each made a goal to write out something once a week and put it into the tin.  That would give us over 200 moments to re-live!

2015 was a hard year medically for our family. Zayn was not at his healthiest peak.  We were constantly at the Doctor’s office or hospital.  Through all those experiences, he showed me how strong he is. I really think he’s stronger than me.  There were moments when I gave up and wanted to bury my head in a pillow and cry but he kept going.  A lot of hugs, promises to feel better and wise words from Dory to “Just keep swimming” got us through all the rough moments.  Towards the end of the year, his health had improved so much and I pray it continues to do so throughout 2016 so he can enjoy being a 6 year old.

In 2015 both my parents lost a sibling. First my dad’s sister passed away after living a long and joyful life.  She had been ill for the last few years but her death was still shocking and saddening to us all.   I also lost one of my favorite Uncles.  He was my mom’s brother and lived in Pakistan.  Every memory I had of him was a good one.  His smile was contagious and he was always in a good mood.  He went out of his way to ensure we were always happy when visiting him.  These deaths really shook my parents.  My dad has sadly dealt with a sibling’s death before but this was the first for my mom.  I cannot imagine the pain they felt.  I am very close to my three sisters.  We don’t all get together too often yet when we do they are cherished moments.  Sometimes in life, we are given shocking news but it helps put our own life in perspective.  The death of a loved one often makes us look at our own lives and think about the legacy we will one day leave behind.

I hope 2016 provides my family and I with enough opportunities to make a difference, to be happy and to show the world what we are capable of!