Yea, I know I am a few days late... but I have been so busy enjoying this New Year with my family that I have not had a chance to sit down and write! :)
I started out New Year's Eve morning by making Italian cookies with my Nanny from her very own recipe!
These are "Nanny Yum Yum" cookies! They turned out beautiful and were soooo delicious!!
I than got to watch my daughter/dog Molly take a bath!! We couldn't let her start out the new year smelling bad! I had forgotten how CUTE she is wet!
After her bath, we all sat around outside by the pool to let her dry in the warm Florida sun.
It was a wonderful day! I know these things might seem silly to be making such a big deal over.... but THESE are the visions I had in my mind that kept me going through years of illness.
These memories are the reason I wanted to live!
Later that night, as we counted down to midnight, everyone took turns giving me giant hugs and a lot of kisses!
Grandma hugging her "miracle" at midnight
Watching the ball-drop, together, was very emotional for us. Being home, I am realizing more and more just how much my illness and our time apart has affected everyone… on many different levels.
I know it has not been easy and everyone has dealt with it differently. But this year, I feel more blessed than ever to be a part of this amazing family!
I hope they always know how much I love them and appreciate the sacrifices that have been made to allow me to make it into this New Year with them!!!
I LOVE this family!!!!
Near midnight, I made some special calls to my 'Mexican Family' to wish them a Feliz Año Nuevo! I even got to skype with Dr. Rainbow and talk with Dr. Cantu, Dr. Luigi and Cindel!
They are all always with me in spirit, as evidenced by our scrabble game... Dr. "Green Shirt" Cantu is never too far from our minds!!
After the ball had dropped, we all went outside and made a lot of noise and lit sparklers!
...Maybe some of us went a little more crazy than others... :)
We got to watch our very own "personal" fireworks show that a neighbor across the lake was putting on!
It was a perfect way to ring in the New Year!
New Years Day I was surprised with a very special visit from our dear friend Cecilia, her daughter Sandra and her new baby, Benjamin!
To get into the whole story of just how special Cecilia is to us would take up several pages. She is one of many people who has been a true God-sent angel to us and we love her so much!
Cecilia has seen me at every stage of my illness from Florida, to New York... even all of the way to Mexico, where she came to visit me and help us in 2009!
She was SO amazed to see me now, so well, able to do so much! She must have told me over 100 times how happy she was and how she just "can't believe it!"
Needless to say, having her, her daughter and her new grandson, here in my home with me, celebrating health, happiness and new life, was a perfect way to start out the new year!
None of us can ever know what the future will hold, but we can rest assured knowing WHO holds the future!
I would like to thank all for your generous support and love! 2012 is off to a great start for me and I believe that this is going to be an AMAZING year!! ....A year that would not have been possible without so many of you!
Feliz Año Nuevo!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!
In God's love,
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing!" (Isaiah 43:18-19)
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