Tuesday, August 11, 2009

the circle of life

As I look back over this blog, one thing that recurs over and over is the "circle of life." We have suffered many losses over the last few years, including my dad, Max's mom and dad, our cat Joshua, my godmother. But we have also had much joy, the birth of two grandchildren, our nieces and nephews marrying and giving birth to children, our son's wedding..... The last month has been no exception... while we were away in Bulgaria, we heard the shocking and sad news that Max's younger sister, Joyce, had suffered a burst vein in her brain, and she was gone within a day. It has been difficult coming to terms with it... because if we visualize her, we see a vibrant, capable, funny person, full of plans and dreams and busy working to make them happen. Being so far away when it happened, and not part of all the actual drama at first hand, it is so hard to accept that it is real. I featured her on this blog in a previous post, as she renovated her lovely old historic Karoo house.
from the left.... "Little sis" Joyce, Max and "big sis" Charlette
However, as we have dealt with the sadness and loss of our "little sis" we have simultaneously been looking forward to the birth of our grandson.
He finally arrived today, and as you can see, he is a delightful little chap! He is still waiting for a name... welcome to our world little guy!
so, as always in life, loss is balanced by happiness, day follows night, and we keep on taking it one step at a time.


Diane said...

Wow, Sue--what a year! And what a sweet little man! Congratulations!

Firefly said...

Congrats on the birth of baby ... (place name here later). I hope he brings you loads of joy and pride over the years to come.

Terry said...

What a beautiful baby! Love that sweet little face. How often a birth follows on the heels of a death in a family. Just a reminder that life and love go on and on.

So sorry about Max's sister. That is a tough one.

Janet said...

I'm so sorry about Max's sister. It must have been a terrible shock. She does look very vibrant in the photo.

And so happy to hear about the new arrival. He's a cutie!

Sheila said...

Hi Suze, I'm finally getting around to visit once more. It seems like years since I was last here. Congratulations on the beautiful addition to your family.
I'm sorry to hear about Max's sister Joyce. How sad. Yet, you at least remember her having such spirit and detmination, and a love for life. That is the only way to remember her, with joy.
hugs to you both

Dick said...

Yes, that's life, one comes one goes.
Sweet little guy, enjoy it as much as you can.