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By Sharon Chiang
Sharon wants to write about a wide range of issues but mostly relating to society/culture, parenting, homemaking, humor, pets, schooling, music, humor, books, relationships (Dr. Abby wannabe) humor . . . did I mention humor? Bio: I am “retired” now ...
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Sharon wants to write about a wide range of issues but mostly relating to society/culture, parenting, homemaking, humor, pets, schooling, music, humor, books, relationships (Dr. Abby wannabe) humor . . . did I mention humor? Bio: I am “retired” now after working so many different jobs since I was 16. I’ve not met many people who have had such an eclectic work history as I have had. Factory work of different kinds, farming, nursing, owning a motel, driving buses both school and transit, an artisan in a collectable basket business, office work, church office, lead teacher and assistant director in a child care center, teacher substitute and school nurse substitute and a para professional in public schools. Sunday school teacher and ministry team that traveled to other churches in other states and Canada. I belong to the Risen Son Riders, the Devils Lake Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA). And I am a bird watcher - love to see the birds!
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By Sharon Chiang
Jan. 2, 2013 12:35 p.m.

Upon searching for that perfect Happy New Year ecard last week I became aware that most of the messages were ones admonishing us to turn over a new leaf, one in particular said if the past year didn’t bring you joy put it behind you and move on wishing the next to bring joy unsurpassed. 

I do wish all my friends and relatives joy unsurpassed and peace that transcends understanding but I thought this as I read over these light hearted cards.

There are a lot of my friends and family who have experienced the loss (not just by death either) of a loved one this last year

 

 There are memories and emotions that we can no sooner leave behind us than we can fly to the moon.  I learned through my own first year of grieving the loss of a precious loved one that it’s important to embrace that grief.  Let it flow and don’t try to suppress it.  As I traveled through those first few weeks I realized that when I did embrace the grief it did indeed help.

 

Embracing the memories we’ve had that have brought us joy and sadness makes us who we are, products formed by the wisdom and grace of God.

 

My new year greeting for you is to embrace the life and loves in our lives and look to what ever the good Lord has for us this coming year.  It’s amazing how many changes and new people in our lives just one year can bring.  I am embracing the new friends and rejoicing over the existing ones with gladness and thanksgiving. 

 

I thank the Lord for his gifts to me (us) and look forward to the little surprises and learning experiences He has in 2013

 

Into each life both sun and rain must come. 

Appreciate the reign and love the SON.

 

God Bless you!

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