A year ago today, Naya was admitted to the ER with what we thought was a stubborn infection. As you know that day changed our lives and the lives of many people around us.  I thought I'd take a few moments and share some reflections (and cliches) from the past year:

  • Your inner strength will surprise you.  We are much, much stronger than we imagine.
  • Life isn't meant to be "in control".
  • Do your absolute best every day.
  • Every day is a new day. A bad yesterday doesn't mean today can't be great.
  • Fear requires no evidence; it just exists and it's your choice how you face it.
  • You are not alone, ever.
  • Being a parent is an awesome gift and responsibility.
  • Your kids watch you at all times. How you behave will get them through adversity, or not.
  • Surround yourself with people who really are good to you.
  • Embrace new friends who show compassion and heart.
  • Best friends are always best friends no matter how long it's been since you spoke.
  • Look to your extended communities for strength.
  • Rid yourself of people who wronged you. They don't deserve your time. They know who they are.
  • Tough times force bold decisions. Make them and don't be afraid.
  • Commit to living an amazing life every day.
  • Buy a horse. Get a dog or two. They bring peace when nothing else works.
  • Love your kids. They need it and will pass it on to their kids.
  • Love your spouse or partner.  He or she will get you up when you are at your absolute weakest.
  • Give back, be generous and be kind.  Your life will be richer when you do.

I'm sure there's so much more, but that's it for now.  To our friends and family, thank you for being with us an entire year.

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