Thanks to Aish for this great graphic! It’s a New Year and already I’m behind in my resolution to update my blog more frequently. I wish I had time to sit at my computer and not work for a client, or shop for food, or quickly post photos on my Facebook page so my family in the States can virtually participate in Baby J’s and Baby S’s childhood, or send off a quick tweet asking for child advice/recipes/gift ideas. But, unfortunately, whenever I finally have a few minutes to sit down at my computer, I’m really focused on all these other things.
That, and I’ve been working on launching a new blog. That exciting news I hope to share with everyone after Yom Kippur!
Our August was wonderful, and I hope to be able to do a quick trip recap since it was truly a remarkable 3 weeks in the States. We lived through both the earthquake and Hurricane Irene, and made it back to Jerusalem B”H in one piece.
September was spent reinforcing toilet training, getting Baby J. used to a new gan, new and older kids, and new gannanot. DH had to get back into the swing of things at work, and I was left picking up the pieces of my work life as I’d lost a client at the end of August. Fortunately, I was able to throw myself into spending time with Baby S and trying to deal with her health. While in the States, we went to my childhood pediatrician, who suggested that I stay off of both dairy and wheat as Baby S. is probably allergic to at least one of them. Needless to say, I’ve been thrust into this new gluten free lifestyle and I’m trying to educate myself before I starve. I’ll be honest, there are days when I’m very, very hungry.
But Rosh Hashanah finally came and I went into the New Year with a great attitude. And, it was that attitude that made the 3 day holiday one of the most enjoyable holiday I’ve ever had. The girls were on their best behavior, we spent a number of meals with family and friends, DH and I counted our blessings at how fortunate we are in life, and I managed to turn a year older with little fanfare but lots and lots of love.
Yom Kippur is in a couple of days and I already feel the stress bearing down on my shoulders. Will I be forgiven for all of my sins from last year? Will G-d be merciful and grant us all a year full of good health, happiness, financial success and stability? Will G-d grant DH and the girls another year of life and good health? Will G-d listen to my prayers and grant me my wishes?
I sincerely hope so!
May all my Jewish readers be inscribed in the Book of Life, and may you all have a year full of good health, happiness, joy and peace.