Reflections of 2012

I don’t know about you all, but for me, I can’t help but think of the past at Christmastime.  Grandparents that I’ve lost, homes I’ve lived in over the years, my children as babies.  This time of year seems to breed nostalgia.  Of course having all the Christmas songs going in the background probably contributes quite a bit as well.

When I think back on this whole year, I realize I have seen a lot.  Had you told me that I would battle a life threatening disease and win, I probably would have tried everything I could do to stop time and keep it from happening.  I don’t think that would have worked though. 🙂

Just last Sunday I found out that another cancer warrior I know has only a short time left here.  That makes 2 in the last 7 days with just a couple months of life to live.  Of the 5 people I know that were diagnosed within 1-3 months of me, my Aunt Judy & I seem to be the only ones that are winning our fights.  Two others have gone to be with Jesus, and then this one I heard about on Sunday.  Cancer is so unfair.  These other friends deserve to live too!!

I guess what I’m saying is, don’t take life for granted.  It sounds so cliche to say this, that I almost didn’t.  But really, unless you’ve fought this fight, you can’t totally understand.  Now I get the meaning of, “Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”  Take advantage of the time here and don’t waste it.

Smile more.  Laugh more.  Get upset less.  Realize that it really doesn’t matter that you didn’t get the close parking place at the store – be thankful that you can walk the distance.  Hug your kids.  Kiss your spouse.  It’s ok if the dishes sit in the sink.  Go to bed if you’re tired.  Don’t try to work yourself into an early grave.  It’s really not important.  Done is better than perfect.  Enjoy life.  Pray more.  Worry less.  Trust.

Past & Future

Photo courtesy of Mark Ylen, Ylen Photography

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3 thoughts on “Reflections of 2012

  1. Last Christmas, cancer was not on the radar screen and this Christmas, I wish I could strangle cancer and tell it where to go. It seems to pick the nicest people, the ones who don’t deserve it. I feel blessed that I still have Rick and Sarah, and even our cat Joey but angry and sad about the one we lost. I am thinking about you and praying for you and loving that picture of you and your reflection. We will be spending this whole Christmas season honoring Brandon and those that are still fighting. That’s was brings some peace into my heart. Love you Kristin. Oh, and one other thing I am thankful for is that I still have my smart a#% sense of humor to go with my new sappy self.

  2. So many thoughts of you, Kristen, and you and your family, Julie. God has brought you through the toughest of days and you are both survivors! (with senses of humor intact, praise God!) May God touch your lives and fill your hearts this Christmas as you share love with those around you. Please know there are still many of us who treasure you and continue to uphold you on our prayers. Blessings to you both.

  3. Thank you Kristin for reminding us that life is too short, and to enjoy and love every moment we have with our kids, families and friends. You are a miracle blessed by God’s grace. Blessing to you and your beautiful family.

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