Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good-bye 2009....

One year ago we rang in 2009 at my sister's Bachelorette party.  It was a great start to her three night winter wedding weekend.  The wedding was held at a beautiful hotel in Northern New England and every detail was carefully attended to. The weekend was wonderful but filled with emotion. As we celebrated her marriage to her high school sweetheart, my grandmother was losing her 4 month battle after a severe stroke. 

K got married on January 3rd and my Noni passed away three days later.  It was a relief to see her go as she had suffered so much but we still didn't know what life would be like without her in it.  She was one of my favorite people in the world and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her or miss her terribly.

At Noni's funeral, the priest told the 5 grandchildren to make a wish when he lifted the host into the air.  Ten and a half months later my wish came baby girl was born.  I kept telling everyone that if I had a girl, it would be my Noni's baby.  She would have wanted me to have a girl and sure enough, she made it happen.  Because of this Little C's middle name is Evelyn, after my Noni (S's mom and grandmother are also named Evelyn :)).

Despite my Noni's passing, 2009 proved to be a very good year.  We have had too many blessings to count but our two little cherubs are at the top our list.  They make us smile each and every day and S and I can't imagine life without them.  Another one of our many blessings is our wonderful support network of family and friends.  And we are truly grateful that everyone remained relatively healthy in 2009 and that we were able to spend the holidays with most of the special people in our lives, including S's three remaining grandparents who are 88, 90 and 90!!!

As we go into the New Year, my resolution is to find balance in my life.  I hope to find more time for myself (to work out and lose this baby weight), live in the moment with my children (give them my undivided attention) and work on decluttering my life.   I hope that 2010 brings happiness and that any challenges that arise will be met with strength and courage. 

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!!


glitterbygrammie said...

2009 was a good year for you. Even though you lost your Noni. She is there with you always. You can pass on to your children alot of your memories of your Noni. There is no better way to remember her life. Pass on all you can remember and she will always be with your children also.Then they can pass on, and so on. you get the idea I am sure.
One last word. I enjoyed reading about your Noni, I hope we get to read more about her.

Mesina said...

Hope you and your lovely family have a happy, wonderful 2010! x

Beth P. said...

Such a wonderful post! I'm sorry about the loss of your grandmother, but it sounds like you have wonderful memories of her.

Balance is something I certainly need to work on as well. I wish you great success as you try to find it!

Nicolasa said...

This is a great post! Sorry to hear about your Noni, she is definitely in your little C. I bet if you look real close you'll see traits of Noni in her.

I wish you the best as you work towards decluttering your life. You will feel so much better. As far as the balancing thing... it sure is a hard one but I hope you're able to do it!

Happy New Year!

Jamie~ said...

What a blessing to have a little Noni in your life! I'm so sorry you lost her, but I'm thrilled you have a little girl to snuggle and love on.

By the way, what does decluttering mean again? LOL! Not sure that's going to happen this year, but I'm going to try my best! Good luck!

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