I have been significantly absent from the blogosphere - and did not even get an opportunity to visit our Fun Monday participants. I have been spending the last few days helping my husband and his family deal with the tragic and unexpected loss of his brother.
Roger and his brother, Gary, were only 18 months apart in age - and though my husband is incredibly resilient and strong, I know this will all become a harsh reality as the days pass.
This loss has changed us both, but in a positive way. We have held each other closer, been more tender with our words, and been more loving with our daughter. We are examining our lives more closely and realizing how much we take for granted. We have renewed our committment to one other as a family - and though I know there will be rough days ahead, I feel even more determined to live each day to its fullest.
I hope that each of you, rather than feel any sympathy for us, will look at your loved ones in a new light, appreciate them for who they are, and take that extra moment to let them know how much they mean to you. Make every day count.