I was sitting here, thinking of all the overdue posts I have to write about, and all the organizing and task lists that need to be handled, and I realized that before I did one more thing, I wanted to reflect on what has made this month incredibly amazing. Because, without the events of this past month, next month, and the months after just wouldn’t be possible. I think it’s soooo important to say thanks – even for the small things, like someone stopping by and saying hello on my blog.
First, my Mom had surgery last Thursday on her back, and I’m happy to say she came through with flying colors. It’s been a long time (Thank You, G-d) since anyone in my family has had any health concern at all, so this one was scary, but she’s on the road to recovery. I’m so thankful that I have both of my parents, and they are in great health. The alternative is unthinkable, so I’d like to keep this status quo for a LONG time.
Second, I think Lauren and Trevor are beginning to settle in to this year, so I’d like to say THANKS to them both, for being great grown up children, and spreading their wings.
I have some great new weddings that I am planning – and I am so thankful that the calendar is filling up daily! I looked at my spreadsheet yesterday, and every month is just jam packed with weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and lots of other great events. I’m co-officiating a Jewish/Catholic wedding in Gainesville in May, a 2nd wedding for a lovely couple right here at home, the wedding of a good friend’s son, and lots of upcoming events in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and The Bahamas. (Doesn’t anyone want to hire a Cantor on the Amalfi Coast in Italy????)
On the Bar Mitzvah front, I’m going to do the Bar Mitzvah for my friend Jacey’s brother in law in Chicago, a Bar Mitzvah on a yacht, and then, of course, there is Andrew’s(Spencer’s brother) Bar Mitzvah next year, on the Majesty of the Seas. I recently began working with 2 new families in Boca, and I’m alternating their tutoring sessions with live & video chat formats. So, I’m really thankful for web technology that lets me do this, from my office.
Along the way, I’ve met many incredible people out here on the internet, and I’m also incredibly thankful for them, and wish them the best of luck. The top few are Roz, from www.sayitwithecards.com. She makes beautiful e-cards for Jewish holidays. Then, there’s Alex Klein (Are you out there Alex??) who I feel very connected to through our writings, in the gulf coast. I hope he has made his way online after Hurricane Ike, and I have been thinking about him daily. Tomorrow, I am meeting Lisa, from Torah Tunes, who just happens to be in South Florida visiting from the North. Today, I heard from 2 new friends – Audrey & Rob. Audrey just dropped by and said hello, and I can’t believe how happy that made me. Just to hear from someone, who took the time to make me feel special. THANKS. And Rob – with his very cool Mitzvah Art. I sent a link to his website around to my most special contacts, and I think I made him feel special too. OH – And then there is Jenni – She was soooo funny when she sent me an email the other day, pleading with me to book a date for her (sight unseen) and telling me that I fit right in to her family so well, I was going to become a member! I cannot wait for that wedding!!! (Mexico, May 09) I actually DO feel like part of the family already!
I’m so thankful for all the great contacts I’ve made, the word of mouth referrals that so many of my past clients have offered, and the work I get to do with close friends, because – that is the greatest compliment of all. Thanks to everyone who supports me, who has been my greatest champions and cheerleaders, and for those who love me the most. Those of us whose job it is to give from our hearts, cannot possibly continue to give without the love and support of those around us, and I am so lucky to receive so much love from my closest friends and family. I am so excited about the coming months, and the opportunities ahead of me. I am so thankful for my new clients, and my new friends, and I am so amazed at how the universe brings us just the right things, and just the right time, when we have faith it is so.