"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life" Proverbs 13:12

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A new year

Living in Australia, there are a few things that are slightly different than the states. I spent two years living in Wisconsin from the age of 10-12 (my parents were studying there), and so I learnt through trial and error (and a few embarrassing mistakes) that just because we all speak English, doesn't mean everything is the same :)

But one difference was seasons. In Australia, seasons are switched around, and start on the first of the month. So yesterday, the 1st of September, was the first day of Spring.

Secondly, in Australia, the new year is in January. Which it is in the States as well, but in Australia everything (including school) starts in January, because that is when Summer is starting to end.

At my friends wedding on Saturday,a friend and I were talking about how we loved September, and how even though it isn't the start of the new year, that for us, it's a Spiritual start. It's when everything is new, it's a time of hope and promise.

I'm trying to keep that in the front of my mind.

My Therapist, when I shared so many of my fears about the future, pointed out that I just wasn't in a place to deal with those thoughts, to work out the plan Bs if this coming Stim is negative.

She said I need to concentrate on the reasons I had to hope, and then, when I am a bit stronger, then I can think about dealing with things like Christmas/Thumper's last days.

So I am trying to see this as a new year, a fresh start, the Spring where perhaps there is more than just flowers and baby animals who might begin to grow.

I have had a horrible cold, so Spring has not been great so far. But it is early days!

In other news- I was at the doctors for my cold and bumped into an acquaintance who was pregnant. It was a bit of a shock. I went for a coffee with Earl and said, as a rule, I want to hear from you that someone is pregnant, rather than finding out when I see their belly. Earl nodded and then told me of two other people who were pregnant. I felt kind of sick, and then preface my original statement with "But not all in one day".

And of course I got home, went on facebook and found out another friend is pregnant.

Finding out that FOUR people were pregnant in the one day. I think that might be a record.

I was saying to Earl that I am seriously tempted to announce on facebook that no one else is allowed to get pregnant- that its our turn, and that no one else in the whole world is allowed to get pregnant before we do.

Earl gave me a big cuddle and said, "Maybe we will be next. Maybe we will have a baby very soon".

What a beautiful thought!
Please Spring- be a time of joy!


  1. Happy, happy spring, Lady Grey!!!!! Hope it's blessings on top of blessings for you!!! :-)

    I loved "But not all in one day" I can soooo see that conversation happening w/ Ar and me!!! :-) Four in one day is ridiculous!!! Sorry!!! But, maybe there's a mixed blessing there - getting it all out and over w/ at once... One icky sick feeling day - is maybe better than four... who knows - none are better, really. I just prefer complete denial, really!! :-)

    Hey - I meant to ask you before... what part of Wisconsin did you live in?? Where were they studying? I'm from south eastern Wisconsin - the Milwaukee area.

  2. They studied at the University of Wisconsin in Madison- though we did take a trip to Milwaukee once :) Feels like we are kind of neighbours then!

  3. Oooh - that is so cool!!! We are totally neighbors!!! :-) I love Madison - my hubby and I actually really hope to move to that area - if I can get a job around there first! It's only an hour from my family, and my best friend lives right there! And my hubby could still do his business from there.