So, I try to stay positive in the blogosphere, but to be frank, thus far, this year has been a bit craptastic.
The new year was spent in the Cardiac ICU with our newborn, watching helplessly while she was fighting to survive. Which, thankfully, SHE DID.
Liam has been having trouble with bullies at school. Which means, I'm having trouble with the school. Which means NO ONE is happy. He is the coolest kid ever, and seeing him torn down by assholes just breaks my heart.
It didn't help stress levels that last month, the hubs was involved in a pretty serious accident. Again, we were so lucky that he was okay, but it left his beloved Land Cruiser looking like this:
And honestly, this petty author-reviewer stuff has gotten under my skin more than it should, because really, in the grand scheme, and after all we've been through this year, it just doesn't matter. (After reading this post from Jo, I felt much better.)
With all of that, I've been a bit down.
But, since we are nearing the halfway point of this year, I am trying to focus on the positives this year has already brought!
My amazing writerly friend Jolene and I released a novel that I love and am so proud of this year. She also put together this lovely blog post that reminded me what talented people, who are also great friends I am so, so fortunate to have in my life!
The gorgeous sister-writer-team, Lisa and Laura Roecker surprised me with the most thoughtful, generous gift last week. I feel so undeserving, but so lucky to call them friends.
Tomorrow, I am speaking at a charity luncheon for the American Heart Association, to hopefully help raise money and awareness about congenital heart defects like Britta. It is so good to see something positive come out of the nightmare that we experienced earlier this year.
And in other news, we are moving this summer! The doctors have said that Britta will be much more comfortable in a drier climate and we aren't objecting since my entire family is in Southern Cali (where I was born and raised). The coolest part about moving back, is that I will live thisclose to another fabulous author friend who has been there SO MUCH for me this year, Nyrae Dawn. (And yes, I am well aware that you are super jealous of me right now. :)
So, though we couldn't see how it would be possible at the beginning of the year, the good DOES come back around. I guess, (to use Colleen Hoover's game of "suck and sweet" from her amazeballs debut, SLAMMED) the first half of 2012 has been my "suck", and the next half promises to be my "sweet."
Have a great weekend, friends.