Sunday, 1 January 2012

So 2011, really...

As Charles Dickens started "A tale of two cities" :  "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,..., it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair" pretty much sums up 2011 for us our most difficult year following on 2007/2008 when the twins were small and sick.

The worst of times certainly were the 9 weeks with Lucy on sick leave, the realization that Little man L had serious issues and the incredible lack of sleep. Work issues for both Hunter and I and the high cholesterol shock I had.

In between sits the journey towards getting him back on track, the rough but encouraging ride. The changing of eating plans and cholesterol medication. The operation to the Princess to alter those very dominant ears into the "normal".

The best of times was the realization that in Little man L's reports back from school and the OT that we are seeing a small miracle in action.His eventual potty training. The absolute blossoming of Little man C in school and the Princess' incredible year in grade R. Reaching that magical 4 cholesterol count in December and having an incredible holiday - amazed at the progress in ease of camping that a year makes. The prospect of a course for Hunter and a good project for me lightens the load.

2012 is for us a year of hope - a year of looking forward and progressing onwards.  Looking back on my phrase for 2011 - "Light as a feather on the breath of God" certainly is a shock, because I was anything but light. The year was heavy, and staying light was simply too much. But this year will be filled with hope, every day. With the grace of God.

Here's wishing you all the very best for 2012 - may God bless you beyond your expectations. May God fill our hearts with hope and love.
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Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.


  1. Hope you have an awesome year!

  2. LOVE that quote. Used it on FB yesterday morning. You have had a tough year but you and Hunter and your kids have come out on the other side. I wish you all a blessed 2012 filled with more miracles and more health and even more hope.

  3. I saw the PERFECT thing for you at Cum Books - they have these square tiled/ mosaic-type plaques. There was a hope one... - they're around R80 - R100.

    Anyway, I smiled when I read "light as a feather" because you had a hard year.

    Hope (!) this one is beautiful in every way, but especially health-wise.

  4. Happy New Year, Cat! Can't wait to see what it brings:-) Here's to reading some fabulous books!

  5. I'm so glad to hear that many of your challenges from 2011 are lightening, heading in the right direction...and that hope fills your heart for 2012. Happy New Year to you and yours, Cat! :)

  6. Allie's comment:

    A wild ride, sweetie, but here you are on the other side of it.
    You made it, still trusting God and rejoicing in the things you are seeing come right.
    And, I'm sure, amazed at how He brought you through so much.
    I loved this post: something special about you emerged here.
    Thank you for your wishes: I can think of nothing better than to wish the same for you and your family.
    Happy New Year to you all.

  7. I love that scripture...and yes it was a rough can only get better. May this year brings everything you HOPE for.

    Much love

  8. Happy new year!! Hoping that 2012 is all you want it to be!

  9. Wishing hope, positivity and resilience to us all! All good things to you and your family this year.

  10. Hope 2012 brings everything that is good for you and your family

  11. I hope 2012 brings all things good to your path.
    Thanks for reminding me that 2012 can be a year of hope.


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