Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hauoli Makahiki Hou

Image hosted by Photobucket.comIsn't this pic beautiful? There's a seal that ALWAYS basks in the sun on this beach.... and it happens to be like a quarter mile from the crib. LOL...

Hauoli Makahiki Hou...that means Happy New Year in Hawaiian. This is how you pronounce it...

Thanks ShellyP for pulling me outta my slump! LOL...

Let's see, where do I begin?... I been so busy with the Holidays and a host of other things that I haven't been able to LURK around the blog world. I so enjoy that.

2005 was quite an experience for my immediate and extended family. Early in the year, husband and I went to Cancun. That experience has changed our lives for the better. We continue to step further and further towards the path we want to be on. I'm happy to say we're skipping along it now.

The summer of 2005 was a serious period of transition for husband and I. We BOTH kicked cigarettes and alcohol in June. However, we did backslide on Independence Day but only for that day then we were back at abstinence. That was kinda tough but its not so bad anymore. In fact, I can't imagine picking up a cigarette now. Also during Summer 2005, I cut ties with some of the influences in my life that seemed to lead me down dark paths. I returned to church, started playing piano and organ again and even started singing in the choir again as well. It's amazing what sobriety has done for me.

The fall of 2005 saw the tragic passing of my cousin, Tiara. REST IN PEACE. She was only 23 and left behind three children. In that same week, my Uncle Bill passed in Tennessee. He had returned to his home from my cousins funeral and died the VERY next day. It was tragic. So while my mother was away attending BOTH funerals, I was at home holding the fort down with my two younger brothers.

The end of 2005 brought another death. My aunt passed. She had a stroke a couple of years back and had suffered 'til her death. I think she held on for so long because her family was just falling apart. Her oldest child and her youngest were both in attendance. The eldest dressed in orange, the youngest dressed in green, both shackled and attended by state prison guards. My heart couldn't even be happy to see them because I knew that it'd be the last time I'd see them. **heavy sigh**

After all that change and transition, heartache and pain, I know that 2006 is the year for my family. I can just feel it in my bones and I'm very excited.


ShellyP said...

Glad you heard my voice and responded! :)

Wow, what a year you had. I'm excited for you that you have such positive feelings for your family for this year. If you believe it, it can be yours.

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

What a year for your family. Keep having a positive attitude and good things will happen for you and your family in 2006.

Shavar said...

Man I remember about 20 years ago, when I was 15, I use to smoke a pack of Marlboros a day. I could never quit on my own but thank God for his healing power. I commend you and your hubby for putting those things behind you and pressing toward the mark of the high calling. Back in church, huh? Well that's always good! Blessings for you guys will start to roll in even more now. However, not necessarily because to are back in church but because your hearts are movin' more towards him.

E said...

I'm sorry to hear about the losses in your family last year. I agree that 2006 will be the year for your family.

Hassan said...

You have reason to be excited. It only gets better for those that have transcended heartache and pain. Be prepeared to celebrate...

lady in satin said...

Wow...losing a loved one is extremely hard and I speak from experience. I never experienced the death of a loved one until I turned 17. How do you rationalize something so permanent and traumatizing?? I don't know...but the death of my uncle in 2001 started a cycle of ups and downs in my life with depression. Then followed my grandfather in late 2001, then my cousin and another uncle in 2003.

I so know your paing....and I'm just now starting to regain myself again.

Peace to you sistah!


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