It has not been an easy journey by any stretch of the imagination. I have survived two bouts with cancer, open heart surgery, four cardioversions, and numerous other smaller procedures along the way. I am still kicking--just not as high as I used to do it.
Margaret has now joined me in the ranks of being a cancer survivor. It is not necessarily a team one looks forward to joining, but it beats the alternative when you receive that diagnosis. She took it a step further and decided to follow that experience with hip replacement surgery. I really hope she is not trying to catch up with me in number of medical procedures endured.
Although there have been many struggles, there have also been blessings along the way. I will admit that there are times I struggle to see the blessings amid all the pain. Today, as we sit quietly at home doing nothing to celebrate this milestone, it lends itself to quiet reflection.
As a side note--we do plan to make it to 35. A beach in Florida has a couple of comfortable chairs on it just waiting for us to show up on this date next year.
I invite you to walk down memory lane with us for just a moment. I can't believe how much our family members have aged since these photos were taken. Okay, Margaret and I may have aged just a bit as well.
May our parents, grandparents, siblings, in-laws, and all of our relatives and friends who have died--rest in peace!