New Year — New Beginnings

Purple crocus pushing up through the snow with shadowsIt’s a new year, and along with that comes new begin­nings. Peo­ple often choose Jan­u­ary as a time to start some­thing new, or to stop some­thing that isn’t work­ing for them. It’s a time for res­o­lu­tions and changes. This new year brought big changes to my fam­ily, but unlike res­o­lu­tions, they weren’t changes made by choice.

Shortly before Christ­mas, my dad passed away.… just one week before he and my mom would be cel­e­brat­ing their 70th wed­ding anniver­sary.  At their age, you know this day is com­ing, but you’re still never really pre­pared for it.

So big changes started hap­pen­ing as I spent my first Christ­mas away from my hus­band and kids to take care of my mom. And the changes con­tinue as my mom, at age 93, pre­pares to move 2,500 miles away to start a new life near me and my fam­ily. With an ever-positive atti­tude and a deter­mi­na­tion to focus on the future, my mom, like the cro­cus in this photo, is a beau­ti­ful pic­ture of resilience.

Watch­ing my mom adapt so coura­geously to these dra­matic life changes inspires me to han­dle the ups and downs of my own daily life with as much resilience and grace as she does. So, here’s to a new year and new begin­nings. I’ll get back to post­ing more inspir­ing new art lessons once I get my mom settled!

(Spe­cial thanks to Lisa from Nat­ural Gar­den­ing for her beau­ti­ful cro­cus photo. Check out her delight­ful blog if you enjoy gardening!)


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12 Responses to New Year — New Beginnings

  1. Candice January 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Hugs to you and your Mom. Los­ing some­one you love is the hard­est life event we have to deal with — it’s amaz­ing to me that your won­der­ful mother is able to keep even a bit of sun­shine about her. Kudos to her — and we know you’ll do a great job at sup­port­ing her in this new seg­ment of her life. It’s nice to read inspir­ing sto­ries like this.

  2. Abby January 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Think­ing of you and your fam­ily, Cheryl…

  3. Talitha January 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    I’m sorry for your loss, espe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­days. How lucky you are to have your mother come to live with you now. Here’s to the new year for you and your family.

  4. frances rice January 5, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You expressed all you are going through so clearly and with so much love and appre­ci­a­tion for your father’s mem­ory. Although you have all lost your father, you have gained a new close­ness by liv­ing so much closer together! I am sure that your stu­dents and cre­at­ing art will also give you joy and sup­port as you adjust to these changes.

  5. Sam January 6, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    I’m sorry for your loss. Best wishes for your new beginnings.

  6. Nikki January 6, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    So sorry to hear of your lose. I know how dif­fi­cult it can be tak­ing care of a par­ent. Take care of your­self too and get some rest. Hugs


  7. Barbara January 6, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    My sym­pa­thy to you and your fam­ily. Thank you for your inspi­ra­tional words and the lovely photo. Your mom sounds very spe­cial. Warm wishes for the new year.

  8. cheryl January 6, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    My sym­pa­thy and prayers go out to you, your mom and the rest of your fam­ily dur­ing this time.

  9. Evangeline January 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Sorry for your loss. You’re Mother is sure an exam­ple of strength. Thank you for all you do and will­ing­ness to share your ideas. I truly appre­ci­ate them. May your Mom, you and your fam­ily be com­forted at this time of your life.

  10. Susan January 7, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Work­ing with chil­dren you know how we often have to ease them through tran­si­tionary times, but as adults we just assume the posi­tion. Be gen­tle to your­self and nur­ture your soul through this new chap­ter. Thoughts are with you.
    Thank you for all of your great works and inspiration.

  11. Cheryl Trowbridge January 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Thanks for all your kind words, every­one. What a learn­ing expe­ri­ence this has been! When I think of all we’ve been through in the last few weeks it’s almost unbe­liev­able. But even in the hard stuff, there’s been much to be thank­ful for. I hope to be back to blog­ging soon!

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