Life Update: Moving Forward

The other day, I was standing outside in the five degree sunrise with Kona and it dawned on me that we’ve turned a corner. After living for months and months on constant alert, the new year arrived and with it a sense of normalcy. While we’re busier than ever, and while there are still nights where I just want to have a bowl of cereal for dinner and be done with it, we’re not stuck in quicksand anymore. And we’ve come into this new period feeling so, so grateful.

As you may have already guessed, we postponed our trip to Hawaii in order to be near James’ dad after he took a spill and ended up with his second brain injury of 2014. I was briefly depressed about this change of plans, but then we realized that there are a lot of pros to going later. We’ll be done with the cold and desperately seeking an escape by then. And when we get back in early April, we’ll be thisclose to spring’s arrival. We also got to extend our trip by a few days, with stopovers in Portland on both ends.

We’re all healthy again. James’ dad is doing amazingly well. Last week no one could remember where the eyeglass repair kit was at their house, but he chimed in, “It’s in the second drawer in the laundry room!” Then he looked at me and said, “And they think I’m having memory problems. Ha!”

So now it’s time to start planning for more fun this year. While I was driving today, I heard an ad for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and thought about the possibility of going to Tanglewood for the 4th of July. When there’s space in your mind to think about summer in January, things must be going well.

How are things on your end?

Love, Joy

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  1. Joy, this is so beautiful! Thanks for a good reminder to be thankful and yeah…Spring is coming!

  2. So glad to hear that everything is on the upswing! Would love to see you during one of your Portland stops! šŸ™‚

  3. Glad your year is off to a good start!

    I think the BSO performs in Boston for its big 4th of July celebration…but Tanglewood is a lovely venue and I hope you’ll go there sometime.

    My sister lived in Hawaii for 17 years and I love the recipes for foods you grew up eating.

    • Mary, you’re right! We’ll be going to see James Taylor. We just got our tickets this morning and we can’t wait! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the foods from Hawaii. Once you have a connection there it’s always within you. xo

  4. Hooray! We’re happy that you’re all doing well and look forward to seeing you soon. šŸ™‚

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