With the first day of spring behind us, I have officially survived another midwest winter. Rochester had record amounts of snow this year (of course) and the snow was piled about 4 feet high in our front yard. Most of the mailboxes down are street were barely peaking above the snowline for several months. But after about a week of temperatures in the 40’s (yay!) the snow melted surprisingly quickly. Even with a surprise snow storm that laid down a couple of inches earlier this week, we can now see almost all of the front lawn.
I am so lucky to have spent the last 25 years married to my best friend. Through those years we have experienced so much in life. We have raised a family, pursued our dreams, struggled and succeeded, enjoyed life together and had a lot of fun. So it’s been difficult for me to adjust to living with hubby’s chronic illness and the uncertainty that our future holds. The empty nest years have hardly been what we planned and dreamed of — at least not yet.
These days I try to focus on the many blessings we have and the little things we enjoy each day. Yesterday I had an especially sweet moment and I wanted to share it. I was at the hospital visiting hubby who has been there for the past week. Late in the afternoon I started to feel a headache coming on so I took some pain reliever and waited. Before long my headache turned into a full blown migraine. My head felt like it was going to explode into a million pieces and I actually welcomed the idea of that happening if it would stop the pain. Hubby knew that I really needed to lay down and so he suggested that I lay down next to him. The pain continued to rage and before I knew it Marshall left the room and returned with an ice pack for me. Not only that, but he walked down to the patient lounge and bought me a soda and pretzels. Now how many women are lucky to have a husband who is that thoughtful and caring at any time but especially when he is in the hospital and needing to be cared for himself? Yes, I consider myself one of the luckiest girls in the world and I am so grateful for a husband who makes my life so sweet.