Soooo, where are we at?
To be honest I wasn't looking forward to 2017. Actually, that's entirely not true. It's just that 2016 was such a great year for us personally that I didn't want to see it go.
But here we are in 2017 and we're already a quarter of the way through.
So how's it shaping up so far?
Well, there are probably more challenges than I'd hoped for. But the further we get into the year, the more those challenges are becoming part and parcel of the ride.
Here's the Deep Fried update:
There was time spent at the coast, a soccer academy camp, the normal to'ing and fro'ing from Sydney, discovering Bundanoon, the near death of our dog due to tick bite, another cancer diagnosis for Chels and our boy became a teenager.
We celebrated my MIL 80th birthday, school started with one child in year 8 and the other in year 12, I launched my new children's magazine, soccer grading commenced, more Sydney day trips, my role in the GUFC Executive increased, we waited for decisions to be made about how to treat the cancer and some new clients came on board.
Chels started radiation and qualified for a new trial to treat her sarcoma, the model daughter flew to Honkers with my folks for a few days, we spent time with extended family each weekend, I made it my mission to make more time for friends, I launched the 9th book in my Cheer Chick Charlie series and our girl got offered her first international contract (she will be moving to Korea in August).
As you can see, it's been a bit of a weird year so far.
I've just subtly mentioned the monster that's lurking in our house not wanting to give it the spotlight. Monsters don't deserve fanfare.
While there's stuff to look forward to and positive forward movement in many areas, there is a shadow cast over it all due to the enormity and reality of the cancer.
Each day feels heavier than it should.
It's amazing how emotion can be transferred into physical symptoms that confirm that heaviness. .
She's not alone. We're all on this journey to her wellness together.
How's your year going so far?
What does 2017 look like to you?
Any monsters lurking in your shadows?