New Year’s Resolution


Update on Wes – he has been tired a lot over the last few weeks, and had a couple of days where he was fussy, but the nausea has been gone for a couple weeks and overall he is still a happy little dude when he’s awake.  He goes in for his next eye exam under sedation (and possible local therapy if needed) on Thursday, and will also have his 5th round of chemo on Thursday and Friday.  Chemo may get postponed a couple days to a week if the doctor can’t get it scheduled for Thursday and Friday, due to the two short holiday weeks and all the kids who have to get in for out-patient chemo.  I’m going to let that sink in – there are so many children that need chemo, just at this one hospital, right now, that there may not be room for them all in the last three days of this week.


I won’t bother you all with the entirety of our family’s reflections on the last year.  I think you pretty much got it – January I was hugely pregnant and loving it, then Wes was born, then I was on maternity leave for 2 months, Jake and I both struggled with being new parents going back to work, the business I am a co-owner of opened a second location in August, and then in September….BAM…..blackness, darkness, horror, fear…..cancer.  That’s where you come in.


We continue to be jaw-dropping-awe-inspiring-speechlessly overwhelmed by the kindness of our friends, family, and strangers as we have been on this journey.  And that is what leads me to my personal New Year’s Resolution.


In 2013 I want to be more present for others.  Specifically, I will send birthday cards specifically chosen for the person, and on-time.  My husband and I will celebrate Valentine’s Day when the rest of the world celebrates it, not two weeks later because it’s cheaper and we forgot it was Valentine’s Day until the day before.  I will do everything in my power to be physically with people on their birthdays, even if only for a minute.  I will thank people properly and promptly – a picture of us using the gift, a quick message about how the person’s kindness impacted our life.  I will do kind acts for others when they are going through a tough time.


We wish you a Happy New Year’s!  If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands……..


(I also resolve to try to take videos so that they aren’t sideways.  *smile*)




About grabafriend

I am 34, a mother of one sweet little 6 1/2 month old baby boy, wife of a social worker, trainer/walker/provider for 2 wonderful dogs, volunteer foster home for a Min Pin Rescue (, co-owner of two doggie daycares in Madison WI (, and part owner in a giant behemoth of a pontoon boat. Yep, think that's all the labels I can affix to myself. I am blogging about my journey to get in the best shape of my life from 9/1/12 to 10/1/13, and bring my friends along for the ride by asking them to pick a month and focus on some healthy activity with me.

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