Happy New Year my friends! As I reflect on 2017, I have so much to be thankful for.
The highlight of my year was being able to attend our son’s wedding in Houston, TX, 2000 miles away. This was only possible because of the incredible generosity and prayers of so many who gave to my fundraiser so I could attend. Because of my health problems, I had to hire an air ambulance to get there! You can read about it here, if you missed it. I think that is my happiest memory, so thanks to so many of you who gave me this wonderful gift.
I also feel grateful to still be in the land of the living heading into 2018. I wasn’t sure I’d make it. When you have a terminal lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis, you never know when you’ll have a sudden downturn from a cold, flu, or other unknown reason. I’m glad to be here, and enjoying every minute.
Completing a parenting book for my adult children, for when they eventually have children, is a highlight of 2017. I’m so grateful to God for giving me the energy and stamina to finish Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children, which released in October. It took me 9 months, writing and editing every day to finish it! You can learn more about this endeavor here.
I am feeling hopeful, and am looking forward to 2018. I’ve set some meaningful goals, and am looking forward to completing them.
This Sunday I’ll be speaking at a church of a friend of mine in downtown Sacramento. I told the pastor that I’d love to come if it was one service, and I didn’t have to do all the talking, because it’s so tiring for me. We agreed to sit together on the platform and have a conversation about showing ourselves and our kids compassion as we parent. I am really looking forward to it! If you are in the area, I’d love to have you join me. Here’s all the details. I’m going to try to have it videotaped, and will try to put it up on youtube.
In December, I heard from my specialist at USCF that the lung transplant team is willing to talk with me about the possibility of getting on their transplant list. I am grateful for this new information, because before this they wouldn’t consider me because of my history of having cancer. I wrote a blog post recently that gives all the details.
This has motivated me to work on eating healthier and exercising more. I’ve been doing great the last 3 weeks, and am anticipating continuing to make strides. I recently came up with a way to do several short periods of exercise during the day that works for me. I’m encouraged that there are ways for me to exercise more that don’t completely wear me out!
I also have some important projects I want to do around the house and for my family. I’m looking forward to slow and steady progress. I’m looking forward to celebrating Dave and my 40th anniversary in July. A couple of years ago I really didn’t think I’d be here to celebrate this very important day.
I just bought a new Bible that will help me spend more time in the Bible studying passages that have to do with drawing close to God during hard times. I bought a creative journaling Bible I can color in and write notes in, and I’ve already started. Isn’t it cool?
How about you?
No doubt 2017 had its challenges for you, just like me. It also probably had things to be grateful for too. What are you grateful for in 2017, and anticipating in 2018? What do you need to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome in 2018? I look forward to walking 2018 together!
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