Monday, January 23, 2012

Two Years

Blossoming Lotus by Cynthia Rose Young

It's hard to believe that two years have passed. Two years since Shawn was paralyzed by an abscessed staph infection compressing his spinal cord. And today on the two year anniversary of that I feel calm and peaceful.

Last year as every minute passed from January 22 into January 23 I was reminded of what happened when. The anxiety and fear building all over again. Remembering. Last year got off to a rough start as well when Shawn had back to back bladder infections that lead to back to back ER trips. Each of those trips bringing that fear back. He had several other infections throughout 2011 that lead to high fevers with dramatic weight loss. Two steps forward three steps back.

But that's all in the past now. And with the fear subsided and the anxiety of reliving the hell gone, finally, I feel like I have grown. I can look back and say yeah, that was tough and I know that each time I didn't act from my highest self I was aware. And that awareness allowed me to try harder the next time. And while I know there's still growing to do (isn't there always?) I really, really do feel like I've risen up from the muck, like the lotus flower. To blossom on the surface of the water.

Like I said there's a peace and calm now. Like the storm has passed. Yes, there will be cloudy days and probably some bad squalls ahead but
The Storm has passed. And the sun has returned to shine on us. And I'm grateful for every step of this journey.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lazy Saturday Morning

A lazy Saturday morning spent playing with the kitties.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Little Taste of Paradise

Paradise Springs Winery that is. And not even 30 minutes from where I live. I'll be back here when it's warm:)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Extra Day Off

God I love holidays. Whether I celebrate or not, I love having those free days off. No work. They give me time to sleep in, laze about in the morning and get cat pics.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Our alternative to sparkler art ... glow stick. Happy 2012!

My intention for 2012 is to let joy, compassion, gratitude, grace, patience and passion guide me in all that I do. In other words to live and act from my highest self.

I've also seen other people pick a word for the year and I thought I would give that a try. The first word that came to mind as soon as I thought it might be cool to do this was nurture. Nurture? Seems kind of boring, maybe. Not exciting like Dream or Soar or Rock. But it's the word that came to me. So Nurture it is. Nurture my self, my husband, my animals, my home, my creativity, my soul. It's pretty cool after all.

Step one ... being present here.