Happy New Year

As 2009 draws to a close, I can't help but reflect on not only this past year, but past decade.  So many things have happened in my world - so much emotion on all levels.  I wouldn't trade any of it for the world, even the hard times as those helped me continue to grow and follow this path life has laid out for me.  Some of the hard times have brought new loving members to my family such as my son's step-mother who I just adore.  Alot of people find it odd that I can be so close to my ex's wife, but she is truly a jewel and over these years I have grown so close to her.  It's good..:)  I love you A.

This last decade brought me the loves of my life: my darling J, my gorgeous girls and my amazing grandson.  I've lived in Hawaii, Humboldt County (California) and Texas...all exotics in different ways.  I've traveled the Western half of the U.S., made amazing new friends and reconnected with some extremely important old ones.  I quit smoking in 2001, swam with a shark on the coral reefs off the Big Island, welcomed the most amazing nieces and nephews to my life.  I've gained the best brother in laws in the world, as well as equally wonderful sister in laws.  I've become a gardener, knitter, and all around earth mother type.  I've struggled with and conquered illnesses, depressions, financial rocky times, homelessness, and spiritual crisis'.  We bought a house and are making it a home.  We have so much love in our world that it gets overwhelming at times, and we are always grateful. 

These just touch upon the ups and downs in our world, the most important things are we are still here and have so much gratitude to everyone around us. 

To my wonderful in-laws, I love you both more than you will ever know...thank you for the wonderful ride so far!  You are truly inspirations...

To all my brother in laws, I will always be grateful for your presence in my sisters lives.  They are amazing women and you are amazing men...I love you all from the bottom of my heart.

To my sister in laws, some of the most beautiful women on the planet...I love you ladies, thank you for all your love and constant inspirations.

To my brother, what can I say bro?  You are part of my heart and I love you so much.  I couldn't have asked for a better bro...

To my sisters, oh you beautiful women!!  You guys are my heart and soul...I could not have gotten through this lifetime without each and every one of you.

To my mom and dad...thank you so much for your constant love and support.  You really are the best and I'm so proud that you are mine!  I love you.

To my children...the greatest loves of my life.  Each one of you have been the most amazing teachers a girl could ever have.  I am always here for you no matter what...you are my true loves.

To my grandson...your life is just beginning and I couldn't be more honored to be a part of it.  You are one of the most amazing creatures on the planet and I know you will grow to do great things...I love you my darling little man.

And to the most amazing friends anyone could ever ask for...you all have seen me through life and never let go.  I am forever blessed for my extended family...I love you all and look forward to our next decade together both here and far....

And finally to my wonderful J...you are love, pure and simple.  I can't imagine my life without you...here's to another 50 New Year's Eve's together...

Happy New Year everyone...I do believe 2010 is going to be a magical ride and I am so looking forward to what life will bring!  Peace!