But yesterday I got one of the BEST gifts I've ever gotten. I got a memory. To make a very long story short both of my grandparents are fighting cancer. Praise the Lord my grandma's is very treatable and she is going to be just fine! But my grandpa's prognosis wasn't so good. He was originally told with no treatment he would have 10 months. Praise the Lord again that we have had about 15 months with him and he got some absolutely miraculous news at the Dr a few weeks ago. We all pray that we get a little more time with him but know that God could take him at any time. When talking about Christmas this year we all had an underlying knowledge that this could be our last with him. So my grandparents did something amazing! Instead of gifts, they gave us all a memory. They rented out 4 horse drawn carriages and took everyone in the family on a ride. We had Christmas at their house and enjoyed lots of laughs like always and then we split up and headed downtown for our carriage ride. It was absolutely freezing out but I wouldn't trade this night for anything. I took a few pictures of Mr. J & the boys but Miss V decided she wanted to ride with her grandpa (my biological dad) and his girlfriend, my brother and his girlfriend. I was a little upset at first but it sounds like she was the life of the carriage and I'm thankful for their willingness to have her with them.
I don't normally share pictures of our family but I feel it's important to share this one. I want to always have this picture somewhere in our house (at least until next year when we take a trolley ride around a park to look at lights!). These two people are the most loving, funny, caring, courageous, and just generally the most amazing people. They have been married 50 years and I have learned so much about what marriage is like from them. Thank you Grandma & Grandpa for the memory. This is one I will NEVER forget!
Go hug someone you love EXTRA tight. Or call them and tell them how much you love them! Life is WAY too short!