Blessings Plus a Year

Sunflowers and chocolates kick off my birthday week. Delivered by daughter and her family made it all the more special. I share my birthday month with now seven-year-old Sloane and our youngest, so July is filled with blessings.

We are adjusting to the role reversals here – I now drive Ric to appointments, and do the waiting. Lots of time to think. Lots of time to count the “thank goodnesses”.

Thank goodness we were home when this happened. Ric had planned on driving down, by himself, to Arizona to sell the RV, but that was thwarted by paperwork.

Thank goodness he didn’t ignore the signs and wait until things were much worse. “Prevention,” the doctor told us, “saves a lot of damage.” We are waiting on further instructions, but the test results indicate he will need some sort of medical intervention to clear blocked arteries.

Thank goodness I had been practicing driving, so I already had the confidence built up – not to mention that Ric is a patient and gentle passenger.

Today I feel the blessing of being watched over and protected.

Life is good.

(Images from personal collection.)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

20 thoughts on “Blessings Plus a Year

  1. Oh Wow, VJ–this post full of blessings blessed ME! Happy Birthday to you!! ❤ I love all the gratitude you express–so very crucial in this unsettling life we live; and love that you've truly felt watched over and protected, as that is such a balm from Heaven's hands. Sending you and Ric the gift of smiles and a standing ovation from this US neighbor ❤

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      1. Most welcome! I baked a yummy cake yesterday–didn’t realize it was for your b’day 🙂 Dutch Choc Applesauce cake–moist and no need of frosting!


  2. VJ, Happy Birthday!
    And for a post that reminds me to be grateful for all I can still do (as age continues to make that list shorter …) Curious, but somehow predictable, how strengths rise when needed. And how circumstances readied you for the driver role a bit ahead of the need.

    Hugs to you and to Ric …

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  3. “Today I feel the blessing of being watched over and protected.” Amen V.J.! Now the part that takes great strength of grace is that we choose to experience this everyday even in the turbulent moments! Challenged faith! Happy Birthday my Sister and thank you for being a gift of light to all of us everyday! 😀 ❤

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      1. Awww…. thank you. I was having some trouble with my eyes and had to take a break, then I went to visit my parents for a few days. I guess I’ll be ‘chasing my tail’ trying to catch up on everything. I really hope all goes well with everything going on with you guys. Sending hugs!

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