Hello again. We are still here and we are healing and moving through the wide range of emotions that still come up on a day to day basis. After 7 years of sharing Mia's story very publicly through this blog, Facebook, and other various social media it was time to take a break. It has now been almost 12 weeks since Mia made her transition and we're starting to emerge from a much needed time of rest and reflection.
Mia's story is far from over and there is more to share, and much more coming. I am beginning to write my first book, and while this first one won't center completely on our life with Mia, her story will certainly be woven throughout. She is my inspiration for the writing and we are both very excited about it! The book is more related to my Health Coaching practice (you can read more about that here
), and will be a practical guide to help anyone who is facing challenges in life both big and small, and looking to reclaim the health and happiness that is our birthright. Stay tuned for more info!
In the meantime, there is a very special story to share about Mia's memorial in New York. First, the memorial held at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Bridgehampton was an incredible experience. We were surrounded by friends, new and old, family who had traveled far to be there, and the undeniable presence of Love coming to us from each and every one present. We are honored to have so many gracious and beautiful people in our life.
There were pictures of Mia everywhere, as well as signs Francesca had made for Mia's hospital room when Mia was first born and then taken to the hospital here in Boston. It's hard to capture the full presence of Mia but she was still felt fully!
On the evening of Mia's Memorial in Bridghampton, there was one of the most stunning sunsets that most had ever seen, and on the east end of Long Island that's saying a lot. Our friend Diane captured this beautiful shot of the sky over the water.
The clouds rolled in after that and covered the sky in darkness. With friends and family that had stayed around after the memorial we went down to the beach to light lanterns and send them off in to the sky for Mia. Our dear friends Rachel and Skip brought the lanterns and one by one we sent them into the heavens and to Mia.
As the lanterns made their way higher and higher into the air, the dark cloud covered sky was lit by these little beacons of light. One by one the lanterns disappeared as their fire burnt out, but as each lantern was extinguished they were replaced by stars, as the clouds rolled out and the once dark sky was illuminated by thousands of bright twinkling stars. It was a true gift from Mia. She was right there with us, shining her own light for all to see.
There is so much in our lives to be thankful for. Mia taught us the importance of gratitude and appreciation. We can easily get bogged down in the details of life but give thanks for this moment, for the experience of love in your life wherever it is and however it shows up. May you all have the happiest of Thanksgivings and we'll be seeing you soon!