Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One Word

(*Warning - personal and somewhat mushy post up ahead*)

I have been reading all the posts about everyone's "Word" for the new year and of course it got me thinking about what my word would be.  

I have had a rough few years - three years ago, I lost my Dad to pancreatic cancer.  My father passed away after only 6 weeks of being diagnosed, I was very close to him and I spent every single day of those 6 weeks by his side.  The next year had its own set of  challenges for us.  My husband took a promising job 8 hours away while the kids and I stayed here to try and sell our house (and we built a home in the new location.)  We did this for an entire year, we couldn't sell our home and the new promising job ended up being full of false hopes.  Hubby came home and we thought "that's it next year will be better."  Well, the following year I was faced with a few health scares, a surgery, and 3 different cancer scares (not to mention every test imaginable some twice and one blood transfusion- to refill my tank as my doctor put it.) 2011 was a  rough year to say the least..but through it all I have learned to really appreciate what I have, to hug my kids and husband a little tighter and to enjoy more of the little things.  I have learned to not sweat the small stuff because I now know the difference between little problems and big ones. I am definitely a lot more easy going and my relationship with my husband has grown stronger.   I have also learned that I have an amazing group of friends who really stepped up without me asking.  I knew that while I was in the hospital for a week I did not have to worry about my kids at all because they were well cared for.  We also had some great meals brought over while I was recovering and people stopping by to take the kids (I actually started to miss them they were gone so much.)  - So, if by chance you are reading this...

Thank You to my fabulous  friends for helping or just offering to help!! 

My family and friends rock and I am so blessed!

The first week of the new year I got a call from my doctor saying the last of the tests came back benign and I have nothing else scheduled.  My new year is off to a good start and I plan on SAVORING every moment of every day.

I almost chose the word appreciate but  I wanted something that meant a bit more than appreciate.  Savor means enjoy, relish, and delight in.  And well lets face it - Savor is also all about food! - I will be savoring plenty of that too in the New Year...and I am looking forward to sharing it all with you.

So - what about you?
Do you have one word for the new year?  What is it? 


  1. Wow that does sound like a rough year. But sounds like you've come out stronger because of it all. And what great news from your dr! Happy new year and may you stay blessed and healthy!

  2. Big warm hug - your last years were certainly rough and painful.I am very happy to hear that no more is necessary and I can relate to your choice of word so very much.
    I have chosen joy. 2010 I had 5 times bone surgery which left me completely exhausted. End of the year I arrived in the USA to get married to my American long time partner. Within months he turned abusive and I fled into a shelter. I now try to rebuild my life and self esteem, applying for the green card under the Violence against woman act. Taking him to court that he wont be able to do it to someone else. He had taken all but my spirit and in it I will find joy again. Wishing you all the best.

  3. Terrific site Danielle! I don't have a word for the new year but I love your choice. Happy New Year!

  4. Wow that sounds like an AWFUL rough year, but I'm so glad things are looking up for 2012! I love your word and how it applies to all aspects of life.

    I think my word this year is REVEL.

    I want to revel in the moments, all of them, good and bad.

  5. Sounds like a great word for you-Following you from Layla's word party-Stop by for a visit!


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