i went back and forth about writing a post tonight but as i sit here and reflect on the past year i think this day deserves a little place on this blog of mine. one year ago today marks the anniversary of my fathers passing from an eight year battle with cancer. needless to say this past year has been a struggle but not a struggle without reward. the experiences that my sisters, mother, and i have shared can not be fully expressed in words but i think it's safe to say that each of us has been changed... and changed for the better. during this past year my younger sister graduated with honors from an amazing university and is about to embark on a year of service in ecuador. my older sister continues to excel in her career and will marry one of the most amazing men i know in just a few short weeks. i have transitioned into a new role within my company and moved into an apartment on my own. and my mother has been there for each of us during every step of the way. i know my father would be proud of each of us and i also know that even if he hasn't physically been here to witness all that has taken place he is still with us on this journey. it's certainly hard to believe it has been a year but also pretty amazing to reflect on all that my family has been able to accomplish in this truly difficult time of our lives. so here's to you dad!