A great mentor of mine says “a day is never wasted if a memory is created”. Each day I spend with my family feels exactly that way. Life has been busy. A very busy toddler and a curious three year old are very demanding of my time. I love it. I could use more sleep. But I love it. I could use more balance in my life. But I love it. Every day I spend with my family feels like it is stuck in fast forward. I want to cherish this time. Tomorrow my focus will be more swinging, cuddles on the floor, and a picnic lunch (even if it’s in the living room).

When there is stress or discontent, it is impossible to create a great memory. When sadness overcomes you, it is hard to find a bright thought to light your way. The past year has not lent itself to stress free contentment. Losing those we love, whether expected or not, is always challenging. Thinking about the future is hard because all my visions of what would be are different. I guess as humans we get caught up in our certainty. What in the past had looked like a bright future as a family, now is a blank canvas. But there are things to remember. Though it will be different, it will be good. Though we will share our future with two less people we love from our past, we will be adding to the number of people we love in the future.

Life goes on for the living. It’s our duty to continue to live it to the fullest.

Life gets hard sometimes. But I love it.