New Year's Eve Reflections

2011—one entire year without T.J. on this earth. It is so hard for me to believe. If someone had asked me if I could continue living if something happened to one of my children, I would have said absolutely not! But guess what? Each day the sun continues to rise and set and here I am. People often say to me, “I don’t know how you do it. If it was me. . .” I’m no stronger than anyone else, I’m just blessed to be able to see past the devastation of losing my son, to what is still here in front of me. Life continues to hold many blessings and my eyes and heart are wide open to see them. As each day starts, I look out my kitchen window and find joy in the beauty in nature. There are usually bird

"One of the greatest gifts we can find in tragedy is awareness. We learn the value of a moment—

"One of the greatest gifts we can find in tragedy is awareness. We learn the value of a moment—of a second. We learn not to take any moment for granted, because each moment is special." I love to read and someone sent me an article which contained this paragraph. I cannot credit the author because I don't know who wrote it, but I can relate to the words and found I wanted to share them because I want to emphasize the "value of a moment." T.J.'s death left me with the "gift of awareness" and I am treasuring each moment with my friends and family and even with myself. There is something to be said for quiet moments of reflection alone and finding a place of peace in your heart. Sending you all

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