I can’t believe that 2012 has passed so quickly. It feels like just last month I moved up to NC, and settled down and started our own life up here. To end the year right, I bought some soap and bath bombs from Lush – probably my favorite store, EVER! If you’ve never shopped there, I suggest going there NOW, and buying yourself a bar of soap and a bath bomb. After a day of dirty diapers, temper tantrums and cooking and cleaning, you will have the best bubble bath of your life, and of course, you deserve it.
As I was soaking in the bath last night, I decided that I know what needs to come in the new year, but I reflected on my past year. I started the year off strong, but then the whole thing came spiraling down. My grandmother passed away this June, and in October, Sandy hit, and it really affected my in-laws. My grandmother passing really hit home. To be honest, she was the first person that I have lost, and it was rough. She started getting sick around October 2011, and I was actually at a friends wedding when she called me from the hospital. She had a lot of back pain, and we weren’t sure why. After various tests and no results, we waited. Things got progressively worse, and I got a phone call from her on DJ’s birthday, telling me that she wasn’t feeling well. She had lost feeling in her legs, and wasn’t sure what to do. We had the ambulance come pick her up, and she never came back home. A few days later I traveled up to Canada, and saw her. It was one of the best feelings EVER. She was so happy to see me, and I was so happy to see her. She had surgery the day before I came up, and was recovering well – the nurse said that I was the reason she got well. Throughout the next month, she progressively declined, and we found out that she had cancer. One night she went down for an xray, and she wasn’t sat up in the proper position, and vomited, and choked, and passed away. I think I died a little inside that day, thank god for DJ being there for me. I don’t know if I would have made it through without him. After my grandma passed, I had a crazy dream, and the words “faith, hope, and love” were so prevalent in my dream, and have been an influence in my life ever sense.
Then Sandy hit. Thank goodness everyone was okay. Uncle Joe’s basement flooded, and the poor guy was without electric for about two weeks. And about a month and a half, almost two months without heat, or a hot shower. DJ’s grandma lost her deck, and her garage flooded. But, things were quickly fixed, and we were grateful that no one was hurt!
I also promised myself that I would devote more time to my blog, and to menu planning and I didn’t. But I was happy that I was able to hook up with the Food Bank, and do everything I have done with them to help fight hunger here in NC. Fighting hunger and the food bank and lit a passion in me that has made me the happiest girl in the world.
I sound like I’ve been a little down, and I have been, but I know that 2013 is going to be a better year, and together DJ and I can do it. Take a bubble bath, and reflect on 2012, and what you did, and how you felt. I went through a lot, but it made me a better woman, and it made my relationship with DJ that much stronger!
I wish you all a healthy and happy new year. All the best in 2013,