Cancer is horrible

Yesterday morning my aunt lost her battle with cancer, she has been fighting it for a very long time and found a great fight. It is so sad to see someone so young pass away and to see and hear how her life deteriorated because of this horrible disease.

I have been thinking about her and her family a lot the last couple of weeks, she was moved to hospice and we all knew the time was coming. I couldn’t possibly imagine what her family has been and is going through. I just want to be there to comfort them and pray that the Lord wraps His arms around them.

 

 

Live Each Day

The last couple years have been tough for our family. I have liver disease and went through a 18 month treatment plan that effected me with flu like symptoms, including making me very tired and irritable. I actually didn’t get the side effects as bad as many other people and was able to continue working so I could support my family. I finished the treatment and today 3 months after I completed the treatment I go to see results. I will have to do follow-ups again at 6 months and a year. My family has been extremely supportive during this time.

This past summer we lost my wife’s Grandfather suddenly as well as two her uncles within 2 weeks. These sudden and unexpected loses hit the family hard. At the end of the summer my wife’s Grandmother passed away.

My Grandmother has been sick and has trouble getting around and needs to be cared for, she has been there for me so much through my life. We also found out my aunt is losing her battle with breast cancer, she is in her early 50s, far too young.

Seeing how my wife was there for the family during these events has been an inspiration and strengthen my love for her. I am truly lucky to be with such a wonderful woman and love her so much.

“Live your life today through who you are, tomorrow just might not be there. Be grateful for what you have, it can be gone in an instant. We cry, and rage over the smallest things, while there are many others whom have it much worse. Think about it, You got your health, isn’t that good enough? I’m thankful for my health, family, and true friends. Everything else can crumble, and in due time… It can be fixed. Life is too short , Live it & Love it & and forget about the rest.” — My Wife Rhonda

I have been reflecting on life and what is important and family is the most important to me. After Steve Jobs lost his battle with cancer I read the quote below and it really struct me as a great way of living life.

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” — Steve Jobs

I know a lot of people have battled and sadly lost or are still suffering from horrible tragedies and my heart and prayers go out to them. I write this post and others in this blog as a type of therapy and hopefully a way of communicating with others in need that I may be able to help.

Happy 89th Pap B

It has become a tradition taking my Grandfather to a buffet restaurant every year for his birthday dinner. Each year more of our family has joined us, we had a great turnout this year for his 89th birthday.

When I was a child we went to my Grandfather’s house every Sunday for dinner, my Grandmother would be making sauce and I would sit with a bowl of her wonderful sauce and bread! Dinner this week brought back those great memories.

Everyone that was there had a wonderful time and ate good food and I know my Grandfather enjoyed seeing everyone and eating crab legs.

Happy Birthday Pap!

Grateful and Reflecting

I am very grateful, and I after reading the blog quoted and linked below I felt I should take some time and write about why I am grateful.

Over at my own blog about pursuing happiness, I do a weekly post about the things that make me happy. It’s a gratitude ritual that reminds me to stay on the look out for the positive moments in life, as well as a gentle reminder to readers to look on the bright side regularly. While your children probably don’t have a blog, developing a gratitude practice can encourage a positive attitude and keep the entire family in better spirits. Of course, we’re all busy and the idea of introducing another routine into your household may make you twitch. Good news – being thankful doesn’t take much time! How can you make gratitude a regular part of your busy life? Try one of these habitual appreciation tricks.

http://parentables.howstuffworks.com/self/3-gratitude-practices-whole-family.html

As anyone who reads my blog can tell I am very grateful for my family, my children and wife as well as my parents and in-laws and sister and sister-in-law. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and had the luck of marrying into another wonderful family.

We may have our problems, everyone does, but once but I do strongly believe that obstacles make you stronger and form who you are. I know people who are much worse off than I am, my family has dealt with issues that other families have not had to experience, but we have also not experienced circumstances that others have had to deal with.

I have also been blessed with a great career and the talent to succeed. Like the post referenced take some time and reflect on what you are grateful for, to me is a healthy exercise and something that I would like to teach my children to do on a regular basis.

Thanks for the post Miss Britt!

I am a parent

Well, I know I am NOT the 1%, I am a parent. A father and very proud of it, I am amazed at how much homework my 2nd grader comes home with while my 4th grader hardly gets any. My wife and I take turns helping and splitting the workload depending on what homework they have.

Today I was helping my 2nd grader learn about maps and had her create a map of our cottage. It was a fun assignment and tiring after their gymnastics class. But, that is my life and I LOVE it! I am a parent and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My 4th grader received her flute today and is excited about learning to play it. Practice makes perfect and the practice is going to be fun as she learns the notes. I am a parent and I am so excited to see her excited.

My life centers around being a parent and I love that about my life. Family is the most important thing to me and being a parent brings joy to me, even went it frustrates me.

After all, I am a parent and proud of it.

Loved Disney World

My girls loved Disney World, they had so much fun. It is really a magically place and my family wants to go backs again.

My wife and I never really believed how much fun it would be, but shortly after we felt like kids having a great time. Disney World is a vacation worth saving for and feeling the dreams of imagination and happiness.

We made this vacation into an adventure by having a road trip from Pittsburgh to Orlando with stops along the way.

I have to say taking a 7 and 9 year old for a 1,000 mile road trip that spanned 16 hours of driving went very well. My girls handled the trip fabulously and my wife and I are where very proud of them. But, both Savannah and Gianna said they don’t want to do the drive again unless we have an RV!

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