(cartoon reprinted from Readers Digest. Two angels are standing on Cloud 8 with the caption “Well yes, I’m happy. But I could be happier…) Don’t let this be you!

A new year has begun! Whoopee! I am so excited to see what great things the new year brings! I only have two annual New Year’s resolutions:
Resolution #1: I think back on last year, and am grateful for all of the wonderful little things that worked out well.

*Found out about Orange Leaf yogurt place where I could get healthy sugar free, non fat yogurt with my choice of toppings, m&ms, hot fudge (yum!), gummy bears, snickers and all the whipped cream I can fit!

*My daughter, Marie, has finally found a counselor trained in trauma and abuse who is fluent in American Sign Language. After all these years! FINALLY she is able to make some progress in this area. As her mom, I have been the only one she has confided in, and it will be nice to share that weight with a professional.

*I loved watching The Good Wife! And Storage Wars! And Survivor!

*I lost a pound and a half. Not quite my goal of 30 pounds, but at least it is in the right direction!

*I have two new grandchildren on the way with a whole lifetime to enjoy them. (Long live nana!)

*Another year accident free…where’s my check from Allstate?

*Another year major illness free! (The hubby had a bout with colon cancer a few years ago, but has been fine ever since surgery because it was caught early.)

*My daughter, Dinora, has a great new job, a fiance, and a cute little house.

*My son, Steven, (who has autism and ADHD,) has a wonderful new fiancee whose OCD keeps things structured and in place for him, stabilizing his disability. (There IS someone for everyone!)

*During several great movies, (The Butler, Gravity, and all of the Pixar films,) I ate plenty of buttered popcorn and jelly bellies. (Ahhhhh! May be the reason I didn’t loose more weight.)

*My son, Angel, who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, has miraculously made it through high school without seriously harming anyone. (Except for the refrigerator he overturned on a teacher…which turned out to be the teacher’s “fault”. In Angel’s IEP was the stipulation that he cannot be yelled at lest the “angry part”, over which he has no control or memory, comes out to protect him, a reflex reaction.) Life with Angel is quite interesting…

*Our cars, both over 8 years old and with more than 150,000 miles each, are still running and getting us places.

*My son, Francis, who, despite his blindness, is still making boatloads of money in the Silicon Valley computer industry. (On less child I have to support.)

*All in all, another successful year with more ups than downs.

Resolution #2: I look forward to the coming year with optimism and enjoyment. Hopefully it will be another successful year with more ups and downs, and I will make memories to put on my list for #1 next year!

Hopefully, your life will also have joy, happiness, love, and some interesting foods to eat!


To read more about our life as a family, please read my book. Here is a link:

The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane


Comments on: "Another Year, Another Memory" (42)

  1. Happy new year!!!!!

  2. Oh my, I love your attitude, what a year you’ve had, and congrats on your kids!

  3. Wow, well done all your family!

  4. Your relentless optimism and sense of humor is such a gift to the world, including me! Smiling and chuckling as I read this post is a great way to start the New Year! πŸ™‚

  5. Have a great new year with hopefully more ups than downs!

  6. Lovely post, I always like thinking back over the year too and remembering how very lucky we have been. I really enjoyed reading this post xx

  7. Happy new year and well done with your diverse and interesting family life. You make a 2.4 family very boring.

  8. Happy New Year. Loved your book and am preparing a review of it for a group of retired teachers next week. Many of them do not have e book reading capability. Is there any print version of your book?

  9. Hi again, forgot to click on follow-up comments

  10. Happy New Year! I loved the upbeat focus of this post and all the positive memories that you shared here. Hope you have a great 2014.

  11. happy new year!

  12. God Bless you and your dear family. I thank God I raised 5 also but they healthy may New Year be Blessed and all good come to you and your family. Sherri

    On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 6:45 AM, Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and

  13. Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2014!

  14. Congrats on your successful year and attitude.

  15. What an amazing year you’ve had. We all wish you a happy new year! And happy new year to all the kiddos and grandkids, too.
    Carol anne

  16. You are inspiring. I like your idea of reflecting back on the past years’ accomplishments (instead of making resolutions for the new one). Happy happy New Year!

  17. You have such a unique and positive worldview, it’s inspiring every time I read one of your posts. Happiest of New Years to you!

  18. I came over here because I saw you liked my blog and I’m new to the arena so I’m looking for like minded souls.
    I was especially drawn by your 5 children as I have 5.
    Once again I’m amazed how easy I’ve had it.
    Kudos for staying positive and loving!

  19. you have a such a great perspective on life. wishing you a great 2014!

  20. actually it sounds like a pretty amazing year for your kids and you – congratulations!

  21. Happy New Year! Thanks for your important messages! Cheers to a successful and happy 2014!

  22. After reading your inspiring post as I was ruminating on what a terribly hard year it had been, I decided to instead look at the things that went right. No. 1 was that my youngest son came for a 10 day visit and actually wanted to spend as much of that time with me as possible. It was a grand visit. When my car broke down for the second time, it didn’t cost me the thousands that I thought it would. I got “dumped” by the love of my life, but in retrospect realized that I was giving up much too much of myself so it was for the best. My online business is doing well. So, with all that said, thank you for pointing out that it’s best to look back on the good instead of the bad which helps us look forward to a brighter future. May you and your miraculous family have a wonderful 2014.

  23. You are quite an amazing women and so positive and inspiring? May God bless you! I awarded you the Super Sweet. Blogger Award on my blog. Go here for more info. Congrats!

    Best wishes and blessings for the New Year!

  24. You remind me that I need to do a recap post for my farm blog! Even the sad and bad things that happen are usually learning experiences, at the very least, but the good days far out-weigh the bad! For me, the daily “task” of milking my cow is simply wonderful because it’s the culmination of a dream I’ve had since we bought her mother in Dec. 2009! Some dreams take longer to be fulfilled, and some may never be fulfilled, but just having a dream is a wonderful thing.

    I know the dreams you’ve had for your children have changed over the years, and you’ve maybe traded some dreams for other more realistic ones, but from where I sit, looking in, you have helped your children achieve marvelous things that most parents would never have dreamed of! You are a truly special person, and I feel privileged that you share your life and the lives of your children with us.

    God bless you, and may you all have a truly blessed 2014!

  25. Your life and your list here are an absolute blessing to me. You are an amazing person with a view of life that everyone needs. Thank you for taking time out of your insane existence to share the transparency of it with us (me). May you be doubly blessed in this year.

  26. Happy new year from us at Campari and Sofa! Wishing you another accident and illness free plus all the happiness you can dream of!

  27. Just saw your blog. Very interesting!

  28. Happy New Year! Yay for good health.

  29. Thank you so much for reading my blog and liking my post! I’ve just dropped in on yours, and am excited to read more and get to know your story. I think there is a great deal to share between us, and I know there is a lot I can learn and take away. Thank you again, best wishes in this New Year!

  30. Abhishek Gorai said:

    Happy New Year πŸ™‚ Wish you another year of joyous moments and continuous lovely posts of yours (for us)…

  31. lisawoody said:

    God has given you a sweet and smiling heart, which you are using to bless others. Prayers are with you, as well as thanks that you’re in my life. See you Tuesday!

  32. What a wonderful blog! Thank you for finding me and following my blog, I will certainly make visits in the future:-)

  33. Good for you! Seems like every year, lots of people look back on the past year and say “good riddance!” Awesome to remember the good stuff, even if you have to dig a little for it.

  34. I found your blog because you liked a post on my blog. Thank you for that. After reading some of your posts your are an AMAZING woman. I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you and your family. God Bless.

  35. This post is awesome I loved it! Glad that your all doing great. And hey, any weight loss is an achievement, right? I we struggle with that every day. love Carol anne of manyofus system

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