Hard – Faith

By Patricia • Family Life • 4 Jan 2013


On this past New Years Eve, Ernest and I looked through (almost) all the 1459 pictures we took in 2012 and reflected on the past events. It was definitely a very remarkable year into which we managed to pack quite a lot of memories. Looking back, I tried to come up with one word that would describe the general feel of the year. And the word that came to mind with each and every single memory was hard. It has been a very hard year. Through the good, bad, exciting, overwhelming and challenging moments, it has ALL BEEN HARD. 

Take our amazing trip to Paris for example, by looking at my pictures I doubt anyone would think there was anything hard about that. But don’t forget that looks can be deceiving. Our first day there we got stuck in the rain, 2 hours away from our hotel, having to run to find shelter under a tree to keep the kids dry and wait for the rain to pass. Phoenix developed a gastroenteritis during the whole trip, with consistent vomiting and diarrhea throughout the day, every day, we were there. He threw up in the Louvre. THE LOUVRE! Sofia threw up in the middle of the subway on our way to Disneyland. We weren’t sure if she was also getting sick or if this was only a fluke and we should continue our trip. Thankfully with her it was a fluke and she didn’t have any other symptoms from then on. Still it was hard.

My diagnosis of AS was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through and I still have not fully come to terms with what it all means and how it will change our lives. And that took up an entire quarter of the whole 2012. I won’t go into the details of every other event that took place but trust me on this, it’s been a hard year.

With that in mind I wanted to come up with a word that would guide me through this new year. Something similar to a goal or new year’s resolution, but a bit easier to follow on a daily basis and something that could be incorporated into every area of my life.

Faith. My guiding word for 2013 is faith. I would like to work on having more faith in everything I do. More faith in my abilities, more faith in the people around me, in God and in the good that shines from every corner of the world. Faith in the life I lead and that whichever direction it goes, it will be okay.

So as the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new. This is how we ended a hard year and let some faith shine through:




New Years Eve silliness at it’s best!


Some no-bake cake for Sofia and I to devour as we watched the clock count down.


My husband’s famous pizza had to be present on the last day of 2012.


And the mess that followed – well I decided to completely let go, have some faith, sit back and watch my kids…. be kids.




And since we knew Phoenix wouldn’t make it to midnight (Sofia actually did however!), we popped the champagne early and had the perfect family toast.

Here’s to the best one yet.

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4 Responses

  1. mama


  2. ioan

    In ultima poza daca nu vedeam ambele miini a lui Ernest as fi zis ca te trage de par!!!!

  3. Asiye

    Loved the title and seemed like history was written in those last hours !:D
    flour and kids are the perfect combination for mess …together with fun :P !
    2013 lets see what your hiding :D love you !

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