Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy 2009 everyone!

We had a sad start to the day yesterday. It would have been my Dad's 60th birthday and we gathered on Durban beachfront at 6:30 to scatter his ashes in the surf near to the Durban Skiboat club where he spent many happy times. Afterwards, we decided to stay and have breakfast at uShaka and spend some time on the beach so the kids could play in the sand. We tried to stay upbeat, but it wasn't easy. My mom, Nigel (our friend from Wales) the girls and I spent a lovely quiet evening at my folks house, braaing, and reflecting on the last year and its ups and downs.
We have now experienced two firsts (as Ands would put it) without my Dad, both Christmas and his birthday.
I look forward to 2009 and the challenges it is going to bring, because I know there will be many, however with that being said, I know I am blessed with true friends who are there besides me (albeit it across the seas) to comfort me in times of sorrow, and lift me up when I'm feeling down. To all of you I love you stax and appreciate each of you being in my life.
Here's wishing you all the best for 2009, may it be a prosperous, healthy and happy year for everyone. T


Andrea said...

Trace, my thoughts where with your family all day yesterday, you have lost a lot in 2008 and my prayer for you is that 2009 brings all the joy and happiness that you are an amazing woman and this is your year gf, so live big and make it happen!

I miss you madly and think of you often - there for you no matter what.


Michelle Ramsay said...

It is amazing what life throws your way and how you become stronger for it.

Here's to a great 2009.

linda andrew said...

not an easy time my precious friend - i thought of you so so so much. Hope you ready for 2009 trace - you are a woman of many talents and i am keen like a bean to see what you achive AGAIN this year, i will always be one of your biggest fans. I believe in you and just know it is gonna be a year of great change for you.

Your love and support from afar


Jan and Miekie said...

I know the empty feeling... we also spent a first Christmas without my mom. Everything of the best for 2009