A change gonna come

One of my favorite gospel songs is “A change gonna come” especially sung by Aaron Neville.  Actually anything he sings is my favorite.

Listening to his music has helped me keep my sanity in check over the past 2 years.  There has been a whole lotta changes–some good, other not so much.

In early 2012 our daughter decided it was time to spread her wings and leave our protective nest.  So she became a solider girl.  While very proud of her we were also apprehensive about her going out into the big bad world.  But we taught her well, so we knew she would survive it well.

My Soldier GirlAnd Mom was finally starting to recover from her heart attack in 2009 and the multiple surgeries because of it.  Life was good.

2013 brought a lot of sadness and a lot of happiness at the same time.

Mom suffered a devastating stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side and unable to talk. There were days when visiting her in the nursing home I would have to step outside and have a good cry.  It was so difficult to see her suffer so much.  Mom eventually died from the complications of the stroke, but it does give me some comfort to know that she is no longer suffering such horrible pain.

She was a classy and elegant lady until the end.

mom

At the same time, joy came into our lives.  In June soldier girl got married to soldier husband Nestor.

nester&ashley

And in August they informed us there would be a soldier baby arriving in April.  Talk about joy! It was a big surprise to us, didn’t see it coming.

Here they are at Christmas time at Manhattan Beach, CA visiting his family.

ashley & nestor

What a beautiful couple they are.

It still baffles me that I could have such feelings of joy and pain at the same time.  Now it is a new year–although almost half of it is gone, for me it feels like it is just starting.  Over the last few months, I’ve managed to tie up some loose ends and have energy for moving on.

That means you will see some changes here.  Actually, the changes have already started and more are on the way.

Until next time, have a beautiful life.