Yesterday, April 10th, was a special day for me. In Kole's birthday letter I mentioned a scare we had soon after he was born. On April 10th two years ago I came awfully close to losing my life. A little too close if you ask me. :) I know many of you were reading my blog during that experience and your kind words and support were a big part of what helped me through it all. Last year on April 10th, one year later, I was extremely emotional. In fact, I was surprised that the anniversary of the experience was affecting me as much as it was. Our family was on a vacation in Maui at the time (April 10th always falls during my kids' Spring Break) and I couldn't stop crying. I stayed up really late on the night of the 10th writing down all of my thoughts and feelings - sort of just remembering and reliving it all. I titled the post "I remember" and with butterflies in my stomach I hit publish. All of the sudden I felt so much better. A wave of calm swept over me. Like I had to remember and write and cry and get it all out so that I could move on. I spent the rest of that vacation with my family with a full heart, truly living in the moment and so grateful to be there. The experience I had two years ago changed me. It made me realize how things can change in an instant. How precious our time is here. What a gift every day life is. You realize this quickly when you are suddenly in danger of losing that gift. I wasn't as emotional yesterday on April 10th. Time has a way of easing the pain of certain memories. This week my kids are out for Spring Break and just like last year, I spent April 10th vacationing and swimming with my family. And remembering. Several times throughout the day - when Kenny was so quick to help with the kids, when Ellie laughed going down the water slide, when Addison hugged me, when I was chasing Kole and he looked back and smiled (checking in to make sure I was far enough away not to catch him but close enough not to leave him) I sent a little prayer of thanks up to my Heavenly Father. I'm so happy to be here.
Then at the end of the day I uploaded my most recent pictures from my camera. They are pictures from our every day life. More reminders of the precious gift I've been given.
over it by isle 9.
Parent Day in my girls' classrooms.
Dinner with girl friends.
Heading to Kindergarten. I love age 5.
My little camera man - always ready to assist.
My girls - always acting silly.
My man. Holding our baby in one arm and a pink barbie purse in the other. Lucky me.
Open House. The girls love showing off all they are doing at school.
No training wheels! WOOT WOOT! I don't know who is more excited - the girls or their parents.
Actually I do know. Parents hands down.
Thick as thieves.
Fly little man!
A quick dance to start the day.
It doesn't get much better than this.
So happy to be here.