joie de vivre-- a cheerful enjoyment of life & an exultation of spirit.

Monday, August 8, 2011


This weekend was a whirlwind of mass proportions.

There were times when we all looked at each other, shook our heads, and silently concurred that there was no hope (... I'm sorry, what do you mean we unloaded the truck in front of the wrong elevator?), but by some miracle I managed to come out the other side settled into my wonderful, new apartment and with an even deeper appreciation for the wonderful family that has helped me get here. 

This list could go on for decades, as it rightfully should, but after this weekend, there are a few things in particular that I'm more thankful for than ever:
- A close-knit family that knows that even in the face of blood, sweat, and tears, a little comic relief is just the ticket to keep the momentum moving forward.
- Parents who have always, without fail, listened to and supported my dreams; who have believed in my ability to succeed every step of the way; who have celebrated with me in times of triumph and shown me  how to be better and stronger when improvement was needed; and who have selflessly bent over backwards time and time again so that I can have the opportunity to write my own destiny.
- Grandparents who are a living testament to the existence of true love more than anyone I know and who, after more than 50 years together, without a doubt grow to love each other more and more with every day that passes.
- A family of individuals who willingly chose to give their whole weekend so that I am able to start this new and exciting chapter of my life feeling comfortable and settled and prepared.

I feel so blessed.

Only one day into this new chapter, I can't even begin to know or understand where I'm headed, but all I can say is that from where I'm sitting, I can't wait to see what's around the bend. 

Here's to the journey.

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