|"Clouds over the lake" by Hilary J. England|
8" x 10" oil on canvas, 2013
I wish I could say 2013 was "lucky 13" for me, but as a whole, it was a sad year. Sure, I was lucky, at the beginning, to escape a cancer diagnosis of my own, but Mark was literally diagnosed within a month of that episode with terminal cancer, and the following month we suddenly and horrifyingly lost Isaac on Mother's Day, all in the midst of a very chaotic and painful move from our B&B that we adored, and in that very week, the week of Isaac's funeral, my lovely cousin lost her own full term baby during a stillbirth. It was traumatic to say the least.
On the positives, we were given a new, beautiful baby Isaac Jr. to warm our hearts. He doesn't replace his Dad, but he sure was a very wonderful piece of Heaven to be given as a final "piece" of Isaac Sr. My sister Dale also had a beautiful bouncing baby boy, and my sister Jill got married in a beautiful wedding ceremony. We moved into a fine new townhouse, and after being here for a few months, really have come to love the quiet of having our home be our "own" versus the hustle and bustle of our Inn. I made some very nice friends in town, including my new pal Craig, who has been a very big blessing.
So, we count our blessings, try to accept our pain without bitterness or the hindrance of cynicism, and just move forward. We don't know what 2014 will bring, but we start off with a glowing hope for a wonderful year to look forward to! I feel it in my heart that 2014 will be a year of great accomplishments and amazing new opportunities.
If I have learned any one thing through the years, it is to be grateful to be alive. Life is a gift, and each new day is a gift. It may be cliche, but it sure is true. I am thankful for my beautiful and wonderful family, of whom I would never trade or change, lol, and for the many, many blessings and advantages my Lord has gifted me with, including the fact I was born into the "wealthiest" nation on Earth. Thank you Lord, for the multitude of blessings, but mostly, for your personal gift of salvation. That gift in itself is so wonderful, there are no words. With that bright thought, I wish you all a wonderful, peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year 2014! God bless and keep you :-)