Words cannot begin to express how grateful, humbled, and thankful I am to have such wonderful friends, both in the blogging world and in my every day life!
To know that you all would be there to leave me words of encouragement (some of you who've never left a comment on a blog ever before...thank you Helen!) during this tough time is really not surprising to me.
Though we may live far away from one another, speak different languages, or the fact that most of us have never met really becomes irrelevant, it's the compassion and kindness that we all share that allows us to reach out to perfect strangers across the miles. And for that I am truly inspired and grateful more than you will ever know!
As each new day dawns and the dew kisses the green grass (ok weeds) Ms. M seems to get a little stronger, and seeing her make strides each day brings me great joy!
When I woke up this morning the sky looked like a Monet painting and that made me smile!
Mr. Tide is halfway around the world at the moment for his work so yesterday my son Bugs went with me to the funeral of my friend's father. Funerals are always solemn occasions, but there was great strength and happy memories amidst the sadness. And there was the knowledge of a life well lived and one devoted to the service of others.
I saw many old friends, some I hadn't seen for years, and we were all reminded that we shouldn't wait for a funeral or a wedding to reconnect. Our pasts are all intertwined and we share a history that makes us lifelong friends, no matter the time or distance, and that in and of itself is comforting.
Last night I watched a movie with my daughter and reflected on this past week and all of the highs and lows it has brought with it. When the tally was made there were more highs than lows, joy found in spite of sadness, and more friends than I had ever really realized. Can any one of us really ask for more than that?!
So to all of you who have taken the time to let me know that you care...thank you for being a friend!