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Friday’s Five

Sometimes people tell me they are inspired by the way my family and I have handled Sam’s cancer diagnosis.
It was never our intent to inspire, just our intent to make it through these days the best we can and never lose faith.
Some days are filled with laughter and family and Christmas memories. Some are filled with disappointment and loss.

As quickly as Sara’s new puppy Ava came to us, she is gone. She contracted parvo virus at the shelter and we made the hard decision to put her down the day after Christmas.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the good. I look around and think, Again? Really? Another something?
And then I think again.
Yes. Because this is not heaven. Not even close.

We are journeying, every one of us. We are not exempt from pain and suffering and heartbreak on this earth. It comes in many shapes and forms.
So, to keep walking in hope we have to actually do that: walk on in hope.

It might sound trite, but it is how I cope. I look for the blessings. I find them. Does that make the bad things go away? No. It doesn’t even diminish their effect, but it does give me a place to remember the good. We must find it every day without fail.

I dedicate this Friday’s Five to Sara’s puppy Ava. She brought smiles and laughter to this family. She had beautiful white paws and markings on her chest. She followed us everywhere. Sara was a great “mom” to her, caring for her to the very end. That little dog touched our hearts and we are wiser for her time with us.
Well. Those are five good things. Ava reminded us we’ll always need dogs around us.
I’ll add a sixth, related…
The vet gave us time to think. She treated us all with care. Dignity. Respect.
There is such a blessing in that. Revering life. Honoring it. I’ll always remember that.

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Friday’s Five

Dear Readers,
I present…
the most recent blessing:

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What a day to remember…
Christmas music and tree lights with Sam before I left for my last workday…
Laughter and dancing in the hallways…
Texts and calls and messages throughout the day…
A surprise coffee delivery and request for a puppy…
And our newest addition, a rescue from the shelter: Ava.

Oh my…that’s five from just today…
Blessings of this life! Home for the holidays and forever…as long as I want forever to be.
Beautiful feeling.


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Friday’s Five

Family pictures on Christmas tree day…
we didn’t go cut a tree for the first time in years, but our son and future daughter-in-law shopped for a beautiful one and brought it to us…and Sam put the lights on it as he always has, and then we stood in the doorway like we always have, and held hands and took in the colorful display…

The voices of children practicing Christmas carols for a family night production…the last one I’ll hear for awhile, most likely…retirement is almost here…

My sister’s daily generosity while she was here last week : from coffees to feather boas to wool yarn…to memories…moments of laughter and understanding—treasured days…

A successful first craft show, and meeting people who appreciate handmade things…and our friends JoEllen and Gary, who printed my daughter’s and my business cards–the same day…for free…
because they say, We are family

The white package with gold bow–a gift to me from Santa under the tree–the lone gift thus far, from a man who touches my heart with his determination–and keeping of sweet married life traditions…

Old and new ways of being right now…a blending that some days is strange, but this week just seemed right.
Time passes, and we are in transition land here. So much is unknown, yet there’s so much still to celebrate.

And we must. We must celebrate as much as we can…
Enjoy December and all her gifts…