We rang in the new year last night with our third annual progressive dinner. This is the one event that my kids get SO excited about and anticipate it for weeks. I guess to a child it is just so out of the norm and fun to go to three different houses for appetizers, main course, and dessert. It is a long night but it gives us plenty of time to catch up and laugh. My belly is actually sore from laughing so hard! It was truly a wonderful night.
I had my doubts yesterday that I could go through with the night. We got word yesterday morning that one of our UVA friends, Alyssa, went home to be with Jesus. She was Kyle's age and Kyle remembers that they were studying last year for the same SOLs in the hospital. She fought a courageous battle against osteosarcoma. She is now a beautiful ballerina dancing with Jesus with both of her legs. My heart is so heavy for Jeff and Lynn and little sister, Lexie.
After hearing the news about Alyssa my mood darkened into a deep funk and it felt almost unfair to be ringing in the new year with laughter and friends. Then I remembered that one of the life lessons that cancer has taught us is to seize every opportunity to make meaningful memories with loved ones. With that new mindset I headed to the Dollar Store and bought boxes of candy to hand out as prizes with our games.
After eating.... it was game time! We usually plan some family-friendly Minute to Win it games and this year Tonya came up with some good ones!
The last game we played was a number guessing game. The kids and adults had to put down their guesses and whoever got the closest won! Renee won both of them-she is such a smart cookie!
It was a wonderful new year full of laughs and good food. After the scary and often horrible 2012 it felt right to laugh and enjoy fellowship with some friends. Between our cancer journey with David and Suzanne's pregnancy we have not gotten together in a while. It felt so good to laugh and watch our kids enjoy time with their friends. We never know what tomorrow will bring, but cancer has taught us to enjoy every moment. May God bless you and your family in the New Year and may 2013 be a year for peace and love in your household.