If Not Now, When?

Snow is falling on this day, the 29th of December 2012.  There are just two days until 2013 arrives and all of its promise and hopes.  But before we take the leap into 2013, I wanted to take a moment to look back on 2012.

To say it has been quite a year is an understatement.PicMonkey Collage

In preparing to write this piece, I took a look back at what consumed my blog in 2012.  And it quickly became clear that life is never boring and quite honestly, these are the days in which they should be never boring – and for that, I am grateful.

Milestones were plentiful – First Communion, First Day of Kindergarten, First time on national TV and First time in Ireland.

Mishaps were plentiful too – Missed birthday calls, broken promises and failed resolutions.

Laughter was abound – Late night with girlfriends, Patch blog taking a life of its own and kids saying the darn-est thing.

Sadness was present – Hurricanes, shootings and lost opportunities.

Kindness and goodness abound – Homes open to friends and family, visits with soup made with love and encouraging words when they were needed most.

In the closing months of 2012, much occurred that lent to feeling that anything pre-October was a lifetime ago.  Heartbreak, disbelief and grief on a national level impacted my every day life and that of my family.  But through it all, writing my posts helped me sort through my feelings and allowed me to place things in perspective.

To 2012, I thank you for all the love and laughter, grief and sadness, lessons and experiences.  You were a year of learning and growing.

To 2013, I welcome you with open arms and an open mind.  I hope I can retain the passion and commitment to fill the pages of this blog with posts and stories that will continue to connect me with those who help me create these posts and those who are kind enough to read them.

Because if not now, when?

 

 

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Twenty-Two Days of Thanks

Simply put, today I am just thankful.  In a band of days that have felt more like weeks, I am thankful that life is beginning to resemble some normalcy again.

However, others are not so lucky.  I pray that with our support and strength we can help them rebuild and reach some sense of normalcy too.

Most importantly, I am thankful we are safe.

I snapped this shot of my two monkeys in a rare moment of tranquility.  There they slept, protecting each other in a warm bed under a dry roof in a sound home.  All these things we have taken for granted – until now.

Many of you have reached out to me asking how you can help those who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  Take a moment to visit RestoreOurShore and see how you can help.  Conceptualized and brought to fruition by women right here in Central NJ, they are a powerhouse committed to help RestoreOurShore.

Join me in the Twenty-Two Days of Thanks.  Post on your facebook or twitter or blog and in the comment section of this post and the 15 posts to come what you are thankful for.  Let’s share our thanks with others and spread joy and laughter this season.

 

 

Twenty Two Days of Thanks

Tonight as I write this post, I am seated in my warm cozy living room.  The children are fast asleep in their beds and hubby is hard at work.  A hot cup of delicious tea sits beside me and my lap top is fully charged.  It is safe to say I am in my happy place.

On Day 8, approximately one week and two hours shy of the moment we lost power, the lights came on.  Yes, I am thankful my power is restored, but I am thankful for the lesson this ordeal has taught me.  I’ve seen the goodness in strangers and friends alike and am humbled by the generosity offered to my family.  I will make it my goal to pay this light forward.

Join me in the Twenty-Two Days of Thanks.  Post on your facebook or twitter or blog and in the comment section of this post and the 19 posts to come what you are thankful for.  Let’s share our thanks with others and spread joy and laughter this season.

Twenty Two Days of Thanks – Catch Up

It’s hard to believe that almost one week has passed since Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast. I look back to last Sunday and think about the slight sense of excitement surrounding the “event”. Maybe we would get one day off from work – I could bake and play games with kids – it would be an adventure!

But by mid Monday, the sense of adventure was gone. The images on the screen were frightening. I contained my fear from the kids and prayed.

Now seven days later, we are still without power. We have cleared the yard of all debris and repaired our roof. We have been welcomed into so many homes and have been blessed by love. We count our blessings and we march on together.20121104-101824.jpg

Eleven years ago today, I married a bright young man who has become my shining other half. Today, I am thankful for having said yes to that most important question that was ever asked of me. Happy Anniversary to my loving husband. I am more than certain we will always remember our 11th year.

My goal is to write a daily post of something I am thankful for during the month of November. Now, more than ever, this seems and feels so right. However, I may not be able to post daily due to the lack of connectivity and power. I promise to try my best. Hopefully soon, power will be restored.

Twenty-Two Days of Thanks

Amidst the devastation and sorrow here on the East Coast, it is difficult to believe that places where we created such happy memories are no longer standing.  However, we as New Jersians, are resilient and we will rebuild.  And in that thought, I share this with you:

In twenty-two days, we will hopefully be sitting around a plentiful table with family and love and electricity surrounding us. Join me in taking a moment each day to be thankful for something, someone that made your day a better day – a happier day.

Today, I am thankful for my ever resourceful husband who cleared the most massive tree from our yard, my kind daughter who knows just the right time to offer to make a cup of tea and my verbose Little Man who has managed to say some of the funniest one-liners amid the height of the storm and stress.  We are all alive.  Our home is in one piece and we still have each other.

Join me in the Twenty-Two Days of Thanks.  Post on your facebook or twitter or blog and in the comment section of this post and the 21 posts to come what you are thankful for.  Let’s share our thanks with others and spread joy and laughter this season.