Find Joy in the Journey

BIAU Conference

Photo from Brian Injury Alliance of Utah Newsletter
BIAU Conference October 24, 2013

Dad, Mom, Ruth & Don at the Award Luncheon

Dad, Mom, Ruth & Don at the Award Luncheon

Mark with Mark Fox who presented the award. Also a therapist who worked with Mark twenty-two years ago.

Mark Fox who presented the award. Also a therapist who worked with Mark 22 yrs ago.

Nurse Susan who took care of Mark at Western Rehab for 8 months, twenty-two years ago.

Nurse Susan who took care of Mark at Western Rehab 22 yrs ago for eight months.

Every once in a while something really nice happens — when it does, write about it in detail. When you are feeling down, read it. Hopefully you will have pictures to look at too. Remember the joy you felt and your spirits will be lifted.

There was a lot of worry with Mark’s health this past year. But there was joy as well. The highlight for 2013 — The Annual Brain Injury Alliance of Utah Family and Professional Conference, where I received the “Family Award”. I was so surprised! Mark, my parents, siblings and children were all there in attendance, which magnified the honor. It was a day I will always cherish.

The next day, our daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Eldin hosted a surprise dinner award celebration for us. All family members, including nieces and nephews along with some exceptional friends who come and help Mark with exercises were there. Wow—two very huge surprises in two days! I did not plan or have any knowledge of these two big events. What does it mean? Surprises are the best!


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When I think about what brought me the most pleasure in 2013, I realize it was time spent with family and friends, and special events which were made memorable because of them.

Our daughter, Katie made a memory book filled with pictures of these two events, along with the nomination and award letter that was read at the time I received the award. She gave us the memory book for Christmas. It is a treasured gift and I will look at it often— especially when I’m feeling blue.

I would love to read what brings joy in your journey. Please feel free to write in the comment box.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014!

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