This week I will be taking a break from my regular blog posts relating to waterjet cutting, or anything else to do with our shop.
Today March 21, 2016 my lovely wife Janet and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. There have been a lot of highs and lows over the past quarter century.
We met in 1989 and became very good friends over the next 2 years, then on the first day of spring we were married in 1991. About 2-1/2 months after our wedding my wife found out that her oldest daughter had Breast Cancer. That was the beginning of a 4 year battle that she lost in July of 1995.
On New Years Eve of 1991 only 9 short months after our wedding my wife and I went out to a movie with her best friend whom was not feeling well and thought that she had a cold. Within 2 months her friend had been diagnosed with Lung Cancer and passed away in June of 1992.
In March of 1997 just a few months after we moved to Arizona my father suddenly passed away.
In November of 2003 my wife lost her mother.
Then in 2005 we decided to both quit our jobs and we sold our small farm that we owned in Nebraska and purchased a small Waterjet Cutting Service. About 4 months after we took over that business we decided to both get full checkups before we dropped our good medical insurance, and go with a cheaper coverage. In that process it was discovered that my wife had stage-3 cancer and went through surgery and 6 months of Chemo Therapy. So, we are not only celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary but in 10 weeks we will be celebrating her 10th anniversary of being “Cancer Free”.
In 2012 my wife lost one of here favorite cousins to cancer and that was very hard for her as this cousin had baby sat her when she was a child growing up and was about 16 years older than she was. She had spent so much time with this cousin that she was almost like a second mother to her.
Then in 2014 that same cousin’s daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and was given less than a year to live. She made it almost two years but lost her battle last month.
In summary, I don’t want to sound negative, although we have lost many family members and close friends, but rather I want to express how thankful to have my sweet wife still with me. I am so thankful that she came through her ordeal in remarkable form. She sometimes says that she wonders why she survived her ordeal when so many other loved ones haven’t, and I always tell her that I wouldn’t have survived without her and God knew that, so he kept her around just to keep me out of trouble. I truly believe that God did have a plan for her which was to share her strong faith and be a positive influence on so many people that are going through a cancer battle or that have loved ones that are.
My wife has even adopted (not legally) a young woman that had lost her mother to cancer at a young age and they are now nearly inseparable and are really great support for each other.
She has retired since her ordeal as her energy level has been low after the Chemo Therapy, but she likes to crochet soft hats which she donates to people, children mostly, that are going through their own battles with cancer and have lost their hair. So, she hangs out at home with our dog most days and just enjoys her retirement and I am glad she can do so.
For our celebration we decided to go on online to search Airbnb and we found a little farmhouse in Prescott, AZ and rented it for a long weekend, to celebrate. So, we are going back to 25 years ago when we lived in our own little farmhouse, to just relax and enjoy a few days away.
So, I will be back next week with a new post, but in the mean time I just want to appreciate and reflect on the 25 wonderful years I have been blessed to have with the “Love of my life”. Every day that we have with the ones that we love are a “Gift from God” and I hope that we all will remember that today.
I don’t think that there has been a single day in 25 years that I have not told my wife that I Love Her and I am glad that I have. When you next see the most important person in your life don’t forget to tell them how important they are to you, because you never know when you might not get another chance to do so. Or better yet, send them a text or an email and tell them, while it is on your mind. That way they can go back and read it whenever they might feel like it.
Have a great week!