I have included a picture of Mike in his New Year's hat. Another one of our "traditions" is taking a family picture (via self timer) with whatever New Year's accessories we have that year. We all took our positions and Courtney set her timer. Unknown to us, it didn't just take one picture, it shot out 10 rapid fire pictures. I posted one serious picture and the other a crazy shot that was captured as we had fun with the paparazzi type photography.
I pray for a New Year filled with good health, love and strength. Come this April, Mike will have Alzheimer's for 12 years. I never know when the last Christmas/New Year's will be, so we celebrate each one as if it will be our last.
This year was special and quite emotional for me. When the clock struck midnight, as we all raised our glasses and toasted with the sparkling cider, I snuck into Mike's room and kissed him and wished him a New Year filled with no pain or struggles. I then came back out to the living room and enjoyed the craziness that only my family can create.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!