I have mentioned in conversation multiple times, in my book, in blogs, etc. that 2012 was a very dark year for me. Aiden was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in February, and before I could pick myself up completely from that, his twin Asa was diagnosed also in August. I was sucker punched in February, and then kicked in the heart before I was up off my knees.
I am not really a doom and gloom kind of gal, but truthfully, this was easily the darkest and hardest year of my life. Being betrayed by a friend and going through a divorce doesn't hold a candle to having your babies diagnosed with a difficult chronic incurable disease.
Regardless, after discussing 2012 the other day, I began to rethink 2012. It sucked, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't ALL bad. Some really cool stuff happened in 2012. These events were like bright stars in the dark sky that was 2012.
In April, I hosted my daughter's wedding shower. I had a lot of fun planning this great party for her, and my "girls" helped me to embarrass her pretty well. I did not (and still do not) want to let my baby go, but if I had to, I was going to do it with a bang!
|Courtney's blanket I had made out of our 5K shirts|
|Bachelorette party crew at Gloria's|
|Melissa and William's wedding with me and Best Man Stuart on April 29, 2012....Jon Bon Jovi's anniversary!|
My two out-of-state nephews flew into town for Courtney's wedding. I always LOVE seeing them and spending time with them. So, a couple of days before the ceremony, we had a family outing to Six Flags. Diabetes helped make it a cool experience (albeit stressful) as we took advantage of the disability pass. We had so much fun, and I was tickled to have my "babies" all together. We had even more fun after the wedding going to Rangers games and having XBox wars!
|My offspring and me at Six Flags, June 2012|
|My two nephews and my niece at Six Flags, June 2012. I SO love these guys!|
In June, my daughter was married. As I have mentioned before, Diabetes interfered with my level of involvement in the planning and paying for the wedding, but she still had a lovely ceremony. So hard and so sad to let my baby go, but she was beautiful!
|Jerry and me with Courtney at her wedding|
|Surprise 4oth Birthday dinner|
|Jerry and me with his brother and sister-in-law at Universal Studios, Oct 2012|
|Me holding newborn Duncan Stuart and Eiligh Rhonda after their birth 10/17/2012|
|Eiligh Rhonda and me on our birthday, 10/2013|
In 2012, I felt Diabetes had stolen my soul. My heart was refilled by the light of these stars that shone through that dark sky. Despite the darkness inside of me...Yes, I smiled. Yes, I had fun. 2012 was not all bad! Thanks to those who love me most who helped bring me light in my darkest time! You know who you are, and I hope you know how much I love you, too!