I Made it!!!!!!
This month I celebrated three years of retirement!!! Over thirteen years ago I was diagnosed with a very advanced and aggressive breast cancer and told the “odds were not in my favor.” (https://barblaneblog.com/2014/10/13/cancer-survivor/). As I went through nine months of treatment, my prayer was “Dear Lord, please let me live until I can retire and give me three years of retirement to enjoy with my husband.”
On January 3 of this year, I reached that milestone. I have enjoyed three wonderful years of retirement. My husband and I have been able to travel to the east coast visiting the homes of Presidents Jefferson, Madison and Monroe as well as the Confederate States White House in Richmond. We followed the Morman Trail out west and visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina with our daughter and her husband.
I have enjoyed days of working in our hosta garden, reading all the books I brought when I was working but never had time to read and playing countless games of Scrabble with my husband. We share an addiction to the game. (https://barblaneblog.com/2015/02/22/confessions-of-a-scrabble-addict/)
I am so thankful that my prayer was answered and I have had these past three years. Each day that I live beyond January 3 is like a priceless gift – a gift “above and beyond.” I have no idea how much further this “journey’ will take me.
- Will I live to be 102?
- Will this be the last year of my life?
- Will I remain cancer-free and healthy?
- Will some day the cancer appear again somewhere in my body?
But I have determined to not worry about tomorrow – but just enjoy today! I cannot change the past – I cannot control the future. But I can enjoy every moment of today!
“It is not required that we know all of the details about every stretch of the river. Indeed, were we to know, it would not be an adventure, and I wonder if there would be much point in the journey.”
― Jeffrey R. Anderson
So come on Life!
I’m looking forward to whatever God has in store for me tomorrow!!!!!!