In this picture above, you see my little art studio that my husband, Ron, built me. It was tiny, but much of my creative juices were exercised here. Also, a LOT of ART therapy happened in that little structure. I sometimes miss my little inspirations, the wild turkey and the baby deer that roamed our land.
Meanwhile, Ron built us a home. When we sold our house in Orange County, Calif., he promised he could do this (build a new house) in 9 months. Well, 3 years and 4 months later, we were still living in a 5th wheel trailer with two big dogs. At least I had that little studio to escape to, and for that I was indeed thankful. It kept me sane.
So, 3 years and 4 months later, November 8th, 2006, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Breast Cancer. Now that was a life changer! Our home was not even near complete, but insisted we move into it. I wasn't going to do chemo in a trailer...no way!!!
When we moved in, it was a little more along than this, but not much. In this picture, Ron is installing my birthday wish. I wanted a large picture window. He gave it to me. I still smile at that one.
It was six years ago on Thanksgiving that I was hospitalized to have my mastectomy. I'll never forget that day. It is now a bitter sweet memory. My mom was with me, now departed to the heavens. I remember how horrible the turkey dinner was. I laugh now. Why did I pick Thanksgiving day to (or really, the day before) to have my surgery? It is one Thanksgiving I will never forget! I believe it was THEE day that saved my life!
As Thanksgiving Day approaches every year since then, I am more and more thankful for the blessings I have received every day of my life. I no longer take for granted that which just was there without thought. I answer my family and friends calls, no matter the inconvenience. I do that even more so because a year or so later, after my cancer treatments, my mom died suddenly. She use to call me in the mornings and I would cut her off short because I had work to do. A big regret!
Thankful that I am still here on earth, even though my surgeon thought the worse for me.
Thankful for the creativity my Creator has gifted me with.
Thankful that i have good friends and a loving sister and family.
I do not look back, but look forward!
Thankful for today, being able to pay attention to the details of life, noticing the things that I would have normally taken for granted, had I not experienced the life I have had to this point.
And you know what, I've started a bucket list??? Yay Me!!. Never had one before, but I am doing just that. Got an app for a passport today. I don't think I had the courage to do this before...so thankful..Me BRAVE!!!
JUST THANKFUL!!! My gratitude goes out to first, my Lord God, my family, my friends, and just to life.
Life may be hard, but be willing to learn the "hard" lessons" through it, and I promise, if you are willing, you will become more thankful.
It's ALL Good!!!
Happy Blessed Thanksgiving to you all.
with love, jo...jojo...joey...joanna...j and Mossy!