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A week of Anniversaries

Forever the dates that occur this week are engrained in my heart and soul.  For both good, sad, and a little in between.

First the good...

Eight years ago was our wedding and while that doesn't seem that long ago we've managed to cram quiet a bit in there.  2 houses, 2.5 kids, and tons of trips fill my memories.  Probably like most brides, I tried to live in the moment of that day but it still is a bit of a blur to me which is funny considering I spent more hours planning it and fretting over font sizes than I'd like to admit.  We got married just on the cusp of digital photography too so our pictures are good, but not the amazing quality I've seen to day of wedding or have been lucky enough to capture of my minions.

Unfortunately, on our actual anniversary date this year we were both cursed by the stomach flu, but hey I'll take losing 6 pounds in a weekend as a bonus present (ps--they've made their way back).  We're planning on heading out for an overnight trip this weekend sans kids.  I wish we could squeeze in more time and to be honest I don't see too much of a babymoon happening for us this time around, but it will be nice to just enjoy each other in a different setting.

Then the sad...

This week last year was the last I spent with my mom before she passed away.  It wasn't unexpected, but it was definitely even more of a blur of week than the week of my wedding.  It was the culmination of a pretty stressful six months that then continued on for about another three, but today I am in a much better place.  My grieving has gotten better each day and month just as I know she'd wish it would for me.  I do wish I could reminisce about her with my brother more, but that's just another thing this year I'm learning that I can't change. 

I feel bad sometimes, as if she is out of sight, out of mind, but my heart knows better than that.  I was fearing that I'd be all sorts of messed up with baggage from my childhood that was left unresolved and that hasn't been the case thankfully. I do think of her often and probably channel her more often now too.  I'm just so thankful she isn't suffering anymore and that I finally was able to get those last weeks images out of my dreams when I sleep.

The in between...

This is just a popular week overall for friends around me; celebrations of anniversaries for them (all the cool people get married in fall you know), babies born, birthdays, and deaths of their own loved ones seem to occur this same week.  Just a reminder to myself that you will experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows at any given moment and sometimes the Gods don't pay attention to the calendar as to when things happen.


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