As 2013 comes to an end, my very first thought is, Thank God! This has been the most difficult year of my life. Only by the grace of God am I here! I lost my only child and life as I knew it forever changed. This journey has been long and hard. She passed away in January and I wanted the year to be over with right there in the first month of the year. Almost a year has passed and I still just miss my girl everyday. I cry a lot less but, I still cry. I’m learning how to live with her not being here. I am learning that I must go on even if only to honor her legacy. 2013 has taught me so much about family, friendship, and faith. I learned that each day really is a gift from God. I learned that everything that I thought I knew, I really didn’t. I learned that I am way stronger than I ever thought I was. 2013 is coming to an end, but my new journey for Aris and myself is just beginning!