So Thankful!

This week we had a trip, it was to celebrate our anniversary. The whole plan was to leave the kids and the pets behind with my sister who took the challenge like a champ. We had it all planned out, and then our dog Jorj put a little kink in the wheels. He had been acting a little weird a couple of days before we were to leave so I decided to get some bloodwork done on him since the pain meds that I thought he needed were not really cutting it. When I got the results I wanted to get swallowed up into the biggest hole I could be put in. He was anemic and not just anemic but he had the kind in which his body was attacking itself. We had to act quick and get him started on steroids and the ever so yummy liver. I wanted to cancel my trip, I wanted to just stare at him and hope that by me staring at him he would all of a sudden be better. Jorj is my “old man”, he has always had a medical issue to contend with. This was just another hit to system, but for some reason, I still had worry racking at me, but I also had this weird peace that even if I decided to still do my trip with my hubby that all would be alright.

We decided with a little help from my sister’s kick out the door that we would go on our trip. Each day I would get an update, sometimes more than once that Jorj was improving. I got pictures of him counter surfing, to the update today that he raced out to the back fence with our other dog Charlie. I have had to do hard things in the past, but leaving Jorj was a different kind of hard. I was asking my sister to do what she could to keep my dog alive and my Vet was doing what she could to help the situation. Because of this, my trip still happened, to which I am so thankful.

My hubby and I celebrated our anniversary this week. We have always been there for each other, and so of course we were again when this hit. We needed to get away though. We needed a break from life, so that we could connect again with each other, and just have fun. We took the time we had and had great food, long walks and a trip along a zipline through canyons with views of the ocean. We talked and walked, and walked some more. The place we went hadn’t changed really all that much from when we were there 9 years ago or when we were there 20 years ago, but it got us dreaming again. How fun would it be to take our family there? We have kids that will be out of the house sooner than later. We have kids that are still willing to hang out with their parents, and we have extended family that has fun when we get together. Plans started forming (at least in our minds). Why not go somewhere new together?

As I sit here in a state of thanksgiving (the turkey cooking helps a lot), I am so thankful that my Jorj dog is doing better and that my sister helped in making it possible for us to go on our trip. I am thankful for my veterinarian who was there when I needed her (she is amazing that way). I am thankful for my family, and for the people I don’t even know that made the adventures I had in the last few days amazing. I am thankful that my hubby loves me and I love him. I am thankful I don’t actually have to cook a Thanksgiving dinner but I get to enjoy the dinner that is being made. I am thankful for turkey to have vs. a package of pre-cooked turkey (sorry sis) that my kids and their aunt get to have because of kids who are very picky. I am thankful, not because life is easy, but because even when life gets hard good can still happen. I leave with my parent’s dog nudging my elbow, and a good book ready to be read. Happy Thanksgiving! Until next time:

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