Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Here's to all of you

And so the years draws to a close.  We all survived, perhaps even thrived or barely slid by, succeeded, conceded, settled, forged on, accepted, rejected, cried, laughed, hoped and prayed in times of desperation and in times of celebration - and without ever setting eyes on any of you - or any of you upon me - we shared in all of this together.  Amazing.  our hearts are intimate, known and vulnerable to one another and I feel so very close to all of you. 

 I feel so blessed to take all of you with me in to 2011 and that you have allowed me the privilege of following all of you into 2011 as well.  Your shared wisdom, love, support, gifts and talents, family traditions, happy and sad times told, understanding and support are so precious to me.  

2010 certainly brought its challenges into focus and so too it showed kindness and miracles and blessings.  Life is like that, huh?  :-) My Mom literally coming back to life was our greatest joy and blessing - my eldest daughters distance my greatest heartache - and every possible wonder and sorrow in between these highs and lows have all been known.  And here I am, writing to all of you today to say your presence in my life made the wonderful that much more wonderful and the sorrows more bearable.  "thank you"  and "Happy-healthy New Year to all of you" 


Diana said...

I feel the same way Gail. I am so happy that our paths crossed. It seems like we've been friends forever! Here's to another year of hopefully, more highs than lows!!
Love Di ♥

Shen said...

Another year... yes. I've only yesterday moved another piece of me into the present and it is so hard today to believe that we've reached 2011.

I appreciate your blog, your life, and you. I hope you keep writing, and find peace in the new year.

Eileen said...

Gail, you've stated perfectly what is in my heart too. Lovely.
I am grateful for the many relationships I've found here in blogland too. And it's wonderful to have people you can share so much with.

Great song too. I've always loved it.
Something in it really spoke to my heart.
There was a time in my life that I felt, I don't know, "not whole" I guess would sum it up. And these lines especially spoke to me ~
"Can the child within my heart rise above?...Can I handle the seasons of my life? I don't know.
Well, I've been afraid of changing because I've built my life around you, but time makes you bolder, children get older, and I'm getting older too..."

It's funny looking back now, what was I so afraid of? What was I hanging on to?

A really nice song for both reflecting on the past and for moving forward. A perfect year-end/new-year-beginning song. Beautiful.
Love to you,

Gail said...

EILEEN- I so love the exact same lines as you - such reflection indeed. We are all in this together and I am thrilled.


I am so glad you find solace here. ANd piece by piece move forward - I am here waiting. :-)


You are SO right - we have known one another for years- and been friends forever :-) so here's to more highs than lows!! cheers~!

Love to you all
peace and hope

Bernie said...

I too feel the same way, I have grown to love the connection I have with my blogging friends, I hurt more when one of my friends hurt than I do for myself. I am in a good place in my life, and am a better person because of my blogging friends. You, Wanda, Di, Eileen just everyone are so special to me. Love you and a very Happy and healthy New Year my dear friend.....:-)Hugs

Andy said...

And a very Happy New Year to you and yours, Gail.

Here's to 2011 being a great year.

Gail said...


I love when you stop by. "Happy New Year" to you and F

Love you

Gail said...


I am so happy I/we found one another - and that our Village is so loving and wonderful. "Happy New Year to you. I love you Bernie

Cinner said...

Gail, I feel this way to however could not have said it so eloquently. you are such a gift to us. May all your dreams come true my friend. I wish you and Skipp the very best in the new year. I pray for your health and peace with your daughter. I say Thank you for being such a wonderful friend. I cried when I got your card. It meant so much to me. hugs.

Cinner said...

Jeepers I don't know if I posted the last message, I am very glad you are a part of my life and I thank you for your prescence in it. love you very much. your card meant so much to me at Christmas. I will cherish it. You have put into words what I feel in this post. loved it. hugs.

Wonderingsoul said...

Dear Gail,

So touched by the words you have written.


Hoping 2011 brings greater joys and lesser sorrows for you and yours.


Gail said...

WS I am so glad you come here and that you feel my love for you.
I hope 2011 brings you peace.
Love Gail

Gail said...

"hey" you are my girl and I love you a lot. Sharing my life's journey with you means so much and to know I am welcome in yours is a blessing I honor and cherish. Love and good wishes to you and yours for 2011
Love Gail

Lola said...

Thank you Gail,
I feel very close to you too.
So glad your mum is doing well :) that's the most important thing.
Happy New Year to you and ALL your lovely family

Gail said...


So nice to see you :-) I love all of your New Year 'expectations'. I thought a lot about that word since your post about it.
Love to you and your partner and of course, Big Boy'

Pietro said...

Hi Gail, I wish you a very happy new year. 2010 was hard, it seems not only for me, so let's hope that 2011 will be completely different.

Gail said...

How nice of you to come by with well-wishes fr the New Year. I went over to your blog and it is in Italian so I can't read it. :-(
Best to you and yours for 2011
Love Gail

SE'LAH... said...

I feel incredibly blessed to have met you. What an exciting journey into friendship. One love.

Gail said...

Oh, incredibly blessed and a wonderful jouirney into friendship Hallelujah!
Love to you

Lola said...

Do you have any expectations for the New Year?

Gail said...


I have hopes - for maintaining mobility - strength - endurance - and managing/tolerating the physical pain. I tried to apply the word 'expectation' after reading your post - and it didn't fit well - hmmmmmmmmmmm, except perhaps in areas of tolerance of others - I expect I will be better at meeting/
accepting people where they are at and not imposing my direction on anyone else. phew.
Love to you
peace and hope and expectation too