Shana Tova – Wishing You A Happy New Year!

maxresdefaultHappy New Year!  Although it is the High Holy Days I’m not very observant, but I do like to celebrate in my own little way.  Tonight my husband and I made a special Rosh Hashanah Dinner.  We made honey BBQ chicken with ranch potatoes and broccoli which we picked ourselves earlier at Lawrence Farms.  Traditional foods of Rosh Hashanah are apples and honey to wish a “Sweet New Year”, so that’s why we had honey BBQ chicken.  Like I said, my own little traditions.

Today was a bit of a rough day though.  Rosh Hashanah is a very joyous holiday, but it does stir up some unhappy memories for me.  When my father passed on September 11, 1999 it was Rosh Hashanah.  So I always think of my father during the New Year.  Also, when I woke up  today I got a call from my mother telling me that early this morning Rachel had passed.  So I was sad today, and thinking about both of those I have lost during the New Year.  But, I know both are at peace and I know it’s important to remember the good memories and keep them close.

I’m very sad about Rachel, but I was so extremely lucky that I got to see her that last day.  We had a wonderful day and I know how happy she was.  I take comfort in that.  I also take comfort in the fact that my mother made sure that Rachel had an amazing summer.  My mom will remember this summer, and all her previous adventures throughout the years with Rachel forever.  A friendship like theirs only comes about once in a lifetime, and like I said before, I am so happy that my mom had Rachel.

It’s been important to keep myself busy lately because if I stop and start thinking, I get really sad.  My husband had off from work today, so it was Family Fun Day.  This morning we visited a friend, then went out for lunch at Mix ‘N Mac.  That is one of my absolutely favorite places to eat because I can order anything on the menu gluten-free!  After an amazing lunch we headed to Lawrence Farms.  Today we picked broccoli, table grapes, concord grapes, and tomatoes!

My husband and I went grape picking a few years ago and it was so much fun!  Whenever we can get concord grapes we make concord grape jam which is sooooo yummy!  Watch for a future post on how to make concord grape jam!

After the farm we came home, made dinner and relaxed with our babies.  Earlier today I asked my husband how I could celebrate the New Year when it’s supposed to be such a joyous holiday and I was feeling so sad.  I was so sad I almost didn’t want to celebrate, but my husband told me I had to make my own happiness such as making a special dinner and enjoying it with my family.  So that’s exactly what we did and it did make me feel better.

A New Year is a time for change; a time for reflection.  As I head into this New Year I hope for peace and crazy adventures.  I hope for a year of health and happiness.  It’s been a rough year, and although I know the New Year will bring with it its ups and downs, I hope to never stop learning and growing.

Shana Tova!  Happy New Year!


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