Today we celebrated my husbands fifty-ninth birthday. We had a nice day together that we also shared with our best friends Bill & Linda.
The temperature outside was a balmy thirty some odd degrees but the love shared on this day made for a nice warm and cozy day together celebrating my husband. I had so many thoughts and feelings when I woke up this morning, mostly, thankfulness. We decided that we would stay home, I would make a nice dinner and we’d have some birthday cake and that’s exactly what we did and I thought I would share some photos of the day with you.
This is my handsome birthday boy..
A kiss to start the day!
I forgot to take a photo of the dinner we had. I made a nice ham along with some green beans, a salad and some biscuits. I did however take a video of us singing Happy Birthday to my handsome man. Yeah, don’t turn your sound up too loud because we sound like a few suffering cows. What can I tell ya, singing is not our strong suit.
from on Vimeo.
Then it was time to cut the cake !
After cake, we, meaning Me, Lou, Bill & Linda decided to take some photos but Bill, our resident comedian decided to goof around. He always makes us laugh..
This is myself and my bestie Linda
And of course even though with time boys turn into men they are still always little boys at heart. They look like two little boys playing in the backyard. Bill is messing around and Lou has this intent look on his face while he’s watching Bill play with my salt and pepper shakers as if they are nine years old again and Lou can’t wait to see what Bill will do next.. LOL
And then it was time to say G’night.
Life is hard sometimes. Okay, life is hard most of the time but in between the hard times lay the blessings if we are smart enough to see them and recognize them. Last week was a bit rough for us here in our home. Our central air conditioning blew out on us. It was the compressor and there was no way to fix it because it was so old they didn’t even make the part anymore. It needed to be replaced. There was no question but, in replacing the air conditioning we also had to replace the heating as they run through the same unit. You’re talking a lot of money. $4500.00 US worth. My husband and I don’t have that kind of money so we panicked. It was incredibly hot here the last two weeks with temperatures of 90’s and heat indexes to go with it in the 110’s. Well thankfully a family member came through for us and we were able to replace it.
It couldn’t be installed though until Wednesday. In the midst of this I was sick from the heat and my body decided it would add some more sickness ontop of my usual chronic sickness. I won’t go into detail but, suffice it to say, “it’s a female thing”. We ended up spending from Saturday evening until Wednesday evening in the scorching, un-breathable humid weather for five days. Wednesday evening after the new unit had been installed and the air was cooled to the point I was actually cold I can not tell you how grateful we are.
I spent Thursday cleaning, doing laundry, washing and changing the bedding. At the end of the night, I was tired but I was happy and COOL!. Yes, I am one of those people who needs a clean home to feel peace in my home. I can’t control much in this life but a clean home is the one thing I can control.
On Friday we learned that a friend had tragically passed away. It was a horrific way to die and so I won’t go into detail except to say that he was only 48 years old and it made me VERY aware of all the blessings in my life. I try everyday to be thankful and grateful. The things we take for granted truly are our biggest blessings. Such as, having another day with those we love, a cool house in the summer and a warm house in the winter. Having a roof over our heads at all.. Clothing on our backs, food in our stomachs, breath in our lungs. The blessing of knowing that even if we are suffering we still have been given and are given each day still more blessings and that there are others in this world who don’t even possess the basic necessities to sustain life.
Life is difficult. It’s even more difficult when you have financial, family and or health problems but even through all these issue’s the good Lord sends His blessings. They are there. We just have to be aware enough to see them, recognize them and thank God for them.
If you read my post from yesterday titled “In An Instant” then you know what has been happening in our lives. Today I wanted to share with you the many ways things have changed in our home and how we have changed..
First let me say, what happened with my husband was in actuality my worst nightmare coming to pass but with a different ending. (Thank you God in Heaven) but now that we have had some time to reflect on all that has happened we are slowly coming out of the darkness into the light and looking for the good in what happened and what lessons we were supposed to learn. In doing that we have also been able to see the good that has come from this..You’re probably thinking, “what good could possibly come from almost losing the love of your life to a heart attack?” Let me list them for you.
Most of us think we know whats truly important in the life we live but the reality of that is, until it’s almost snatched away we truly have no idea. For us, we now fully understand what is most important in our lives. Gone are the desires to have the newest electronic gadgets, gone is my obsessive need to have my home look perfect and have all the home renovations done quickly and perfectly. Gone is the obsessing over having to be ‘organized”. Gone is worrying about getting all the dishes done before the morning. Currently it’s Ten P.M. and my sink is full of dishes and it will stay that way until I feel like doing them. Gone is the desire to have a gorgeous handbag to carry around. Gone is the desire to have super nice clothing. Gone is my desire to have so much makeup one person couldn’t wear it all in ten years. Gone is my self conscience feelings of having to look good all the time for fear of how others will see me. All of this has been replaced. Out with the old, in with the….whats truly important..
In is, many many more kisses and hugs. In is, spending more time with each other even if we’re just sleeping. In is, being much more patient with each other. In is, over looking and letting go of the things that may annoy us about each other. In is, no more bickering like two Ninety year olds all day. In is, showing our love for each other more each day in the small things. In is, making sure to love our families as much as possible. In is, making sure to set aside one day a week to call all of our family and just talk. In is, caring for and loving our friends. In is, being there for both family and friends as much is physically possibly and sometimes pushing to do what isn’t physically possible. In is, waking up each day and ending each day with a prayer of thanks to God our Father for each day together and for the gift of His son Jesus. In is, a whole new way of eating. In is, a whole new way of living. In is, all the goodness that came out of something very very bad….
In my post titled Life Happens I asked for prayers for my husband. I asked for them because he is having some swelling of his ankles and feet. I have to be honest and tell you, I was kind of scared and worried because I know that this can be a symptom of many things and one of those very serious issues is heart disease, usually indicating an artery blockage or many arteries. My radar was also on high alert because the Mans father passed away from heart disease as did my own so knowing this, you can imagine I would be very concerned. I tried my best not to freak out and go from 0 -60 with the worst case scenarios playing out in my head and I did okay for the most part but I also did A LOT of talking with God..I put it in the Lords hands and was ready (not sure how ready) to accept whatever the Father decided it would be.
Well I can only say at this moment I am so incredibly grateful to God for not allowing the above to be the issue. We saw our doctor on Friday morning and he said it’s minimal fluid retention and he’s positive it’s from the steroids that the Man has been on due to a severe case of bronchitis. He was on pretty high doses for twenty days. He also gained quite a few pounds from it as well. The doctor said a diuretic was not needed. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a pill to make you pee a lot.. LOL.. It helps the body to remove the excess fluid build up.
Here’s my handsome man as we were leaving the doctors office.
The Man was told to do some walking and watch his salt intake which he doesn’t really eat much salt anyway and the body should absorb the fluid. I honestly can not tell you how relieved I am. Me and the Man can bicker at each other like a couple of 90 year olds but I wouldn’t want to bicker with anyone else. Thank you to all of you who read my post (and I know there were many of you) and thank you even more for any prayers you may have prayed for us.