12.31.2010

2010

I know I've said it several times already, but I really can't think of a better description. This year was the worst year I've ever had and this year was the best year I've ever had. How is that possible? Well, if you've been reading for a while, I'm sure you are well aware.

On February 11th, mine and Brent's lives changed forever.

On June 7th , our lives changed forever.

On June 18th, our lives changed forever. 

On July 1st, our lives changed forever.


Our lives changed for the better and they changed for the worse. I guess the only worse thing is simply knowing Cohen and not having him here with us physically. The better is looking forward to seeing him again and processing, and learning from, everything he and our situation has taught us.


2010 was all about Cohen for Brent and I. It will always be about Cohen.



I think these slideshows best summarize our year. As far as videos, this one was my favorite...Cohen opening his eyes when I talk to him :)

I guess it's bittersweet for me to see this year go. As much as I hated this year, I still loved many moments, parts and pieces of it. Even though the years will pass, I'm pretty certain 2010 will be our most memorable. It has been QUITE the roller coaster, but being totally honest...it's ending on a high. I have peace in my heart even during the times where I feel so sad Cohen isn't here. God has answered so many prayers this year and some I may never know the reasons, but nonetheless, I know it's the way it should be.

I do look forward to 2011. I pray it is a better year all around. We will continue to carry Cohen with us in 2011 and for all the years to come. I won't have those 12 days any other year like I did in 2010, but I'll always remember them.










We thank you all for your love & support this year! I'm seriously amazed out how wonderful the blogging world has to been to us. Your words of encouragement have been so uplifting and I'm very grateful to you all! We wish you a happy new year!!
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32 comments :

  1. Happy New Year's gorgeous! You are an amazing mother to an amazing strong little boy who is in heaven! I admire you so much for your strength, class, grace, through it all, and although I have no idea how extremely difficult it has been on you and Brent I do know you two have been the best parents to baby Cohen and I just wanted to say you guys are amazing and I am so glad we have become bloggy friends!

    Here is to a Happy, Healthy, New Year....and to all good things to come!!

    love ya girl....
    Summer

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  2. Thank you for sharing Cohen with us! He is truly a gift from God! I will continue to keep him and you in my prayers! May 2011 be everything you hope for and more! The love you have for Cohen will only magnify as well as the love you have for each other. God Bless Always!

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  3. Thanks for being so open with your blog and I'm glad to hear that you are at peace. The Lord works in ways we never expect. Looking forward to a great 2011, following your sweet family! Teresa

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  4. Please know you two were not alone during that roller coaster. Even though we've never met, I have prayed for your sweet family many times, and have cried with you. You have blessed me, and I hope 2011 is full of blessings for your and Brent!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your story and for always being open and honest. Cohen has touched thousands of people, more than most of us will come close to impacting in a lifetime. I pray that 2011 is wonderful to you all - I know 2010 has been good, but you've endured your share of heartache. Happy New Year!

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  6. Happy New Years Megan! I can't even imagine having to walk your path, but I've prayed for your family since I first heard of Cohen's story. I pray 2011 brings you continued peace and comfort in your hearts and LOTS of happiness for you and Brent! :)

    Love and prayers!

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  7. I pray that 2011 is full of sweet blessings for your precious family! Thank you or sharing your journey with us! You are AMAZING!!!

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  8. Happy New Year Megan. Wishing you a wonderful 2011!!
    Big Hugs!
    Love,
    Teryn

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  9. Oh boy... I'm in tears. Tears for the heartache I know you've gone through, tears for the little boy who should be celebrating a new year with you... but also tears for what a beautiful and amazing woman you are. To endure what you have, and to do so with such grace and honesty, and to still have hope... well, it makes me believe that all things are possible.
    May 2011 be simply full of the best for you.

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  10. Megan and Brent,

    I have followed your story for some time now, and I must say...You have been a huge encouragement to me...your love for Christ, your love for your little boy, your faith, your strength through it all just make you such a special couple. Keep the faith and know that no matter what happens in life, little Cohen will always be with you in your hearts.

    Much love and hugs across the miles!

    The Rogers Family
    www.rogersfamilytrio.blogspot.com

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  11. I can't imagine how beautiful and precious and terrifying and horrible the journey of 2010 has been for y'all. Know that you inspire so many of us daily.

    xoxo

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  12. Who is the gentleman in the next to last photo? It's the first time I've seen it, and while we can see your and B's pain in this photo, somehow seeing this big giant man, with such pain clearly on his face, really spoke volumes. Was he a doctor or a pastor or social worker. His face just shows the incredible pain in the room.........

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  13. Thank you for sharing your story, and most of all thank you for letting us be apart of your lives (through blog land). You are such an inspiration to so many woman on blog and twitter. I cannot wait to see the many blessings that the Lord has in store for you and your family this year.

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  14. I just found your blog. Thank you for sharing your story... your struggles, triumphs, and hardships. Happy New Year and may you not know such sadness this coming year.

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

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  15. What a beautiful post, Megan. God truly had a plan when He made you and Brent Cohen's parents. All of you have touched all of our lives this year...I pray that 2011 is a wonderful year filled with many additional blessings!

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  16. Happy New Year! Thank you so much for sharing your challeneges & blessings throughout 2010. I pray that 2011 brings much joy & happiness to you & your husband with tender moments to remember Cohen by.

    Love, Jen
    http://jennifergilbertsettle.blogspot.com/

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  17. Praying for lots of joy and healing for you in 2011!!

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  18. I don't know if I have ever seen your maternity pictures but that picture is STUNNING! I truly admire you and think about your family a lot. You are so strong and I truly hope that 2011 brings more highs for your and you have many great memories!

    Thank You for sharing your story with us.

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  19. Happy New Year, Megan. I think you are such an amazing person. It was such a beautiful and tough year for you and you have handled it with such strength, faith, and grace. You are inspiring so many people, and your sweet Cohen has touched so many too.

    I hope that this year brings lots of happiness for you and Brent.

    Love,

    Danielle

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  20. I've read for almost a year now, but don't comment a whole lot! I love this post though, and you are truly an inspiration to me! Cohen is so lucky to have such a wonderful mommy and daddy!

    Blessings for 2011 (from a fellow Hogs fan in Fayetteville)!!!!

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  21. What a year you've been through. It certainly had it's ups and downs, but your positive spirit and faith in the Lord has shined through it all. You are a remarkable woman and mother. I hope you know that!

    Cheers to 2011. I hope it brings many blessings to your and Brent!

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  22. 2010 was quite the year. I pray that 2011 brings you nothing but joy sweet girl. You deserve it.

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  23. Praying for a blessed 2011! Thank you so much for sharing sweet little Cohen with all of us!

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  24. I have been reading your blog for a few months and I have to tell you, you are an inspiring person. You are so brave for sharing your story! It reminds us all how precious life is and to take nothing for granted, something that is way to easy to do. So thank you!
    I hope that 2011 is an amazing year for you and your husband!

    Taren
    www.life-of-te.blogspot.com

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  25. I am so glad to "know" you through your blog. What a great way to describe your year. Have said (since I found your blog) and will continue to say, prayers for your family. You have amazing strength and he is a gorgeous baby :) What a blessing he is to your family! I am sure you know this, but you are giving a voice to many people who don't have the strength to talk about this or cope with it. Thank you for being so open with everything!

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  26. Happy New Year to you and Brent! Sorry for the late time on this comment, but insomnia has gotten to me tonight:)

    I am praying that 2011 will bring it's own amazing blessings to you. You have a strenght very few have and it has truly shown in your writings this year!

    Cohen has truly amazing parents, and of course Elton too:)

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  27. Lo-hove the one of ya'll holding Cohen's hands. I mean, like, LOVE it.

    Here's to a great 2011!

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  28. You've shown amazing strength through a 2010 full of ups and downs. Prayers for a fantastic 2011 for you and Brent. Happy New Year!

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  29. Here's to an amazing 2011 for your family.

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  30. I'm so glad that you feel peace after all you have gone through this year. I just know that 2011 is going to bring wonderful things to you and Brent!

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  31. Your sweet angel Cohen was one strong little boy and I cannot tell you the number of times that I thought about Brent, Cohen and you. You are such a inspiration to me and many others.

    I hope 2011 brings you many wonderful things!!

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  32. You are amazing! Thank you for sharing all that you do. Cohen has blessed so many lives through what you share. I wish you a blessed year full of peace and hope and love! Love ya!

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