A week out from my birthday, Nick says I get all closed off, I get a bit teary and I act like a cunt. It might be because every year on my birthday since I’ve been in Auckland, something has happened. I just expect the same every year so I don’t get disappointed when it does. I am determined this year to not let it happen so instead, a bit of reflection is in order.
This year has taught me a lot. It’s taught me about life, Nick, Izzy, myself, what we are capable of as people and parents, people – both good and bad, Izzy’s form of special needs, other forms of special needs, medical conditions and a whole bunch of other things I never thought I would learn. 2017 has taught me to be even more grateful than what I was before.
We have had some pretty major moments this year but there is one big thing that stands out.
2017 has brought thousands of you into our life. We have gotten to know you all over the year, you have shared your stories with us, been with us through the good and the bad, encouraged us when we needed it the most and supported not only Nick and I but Izzy as well. We’ve shared activities, baking days and hugs on the street. We’ve shared wins, tears and love. You all have been a major piece of amazingness this year and there isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t count our lucky stars. You’re pretty fucking amazing.
In a world and life that can be so isolating, you have helped made us feel less alone. Not only do I think of you all as friends, but you are the driving force behind sharing all of our recipes, activities and everything in between. On those days where I have wanted to close everything down, along with Nick and Izzy, you have all been there with your words of encouragement.
2018 will probably be a bit like this year but we can tackle it head on knowing that we’ve made it through 2017 with the help of you.
“When everything seems like it’s going against you, remember that an aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
9 planets because I still fucking count Pluto. Pluto is cute AF and shouldn’t be left out
and I have been so fucking fortunate to have each and every one of you in my life.Through the good, the bad, the ugly crying face, the wins, the fails, the crazy moments, the happy moments and all that other shit, thank you for having our backs.