My LAST peach!

Why do I look so happy???

TRUE…I had the best peaches EVER from this 3 year old tree. BUT is because this is my last peach? 

NOPE! It is because my wife is writing an addendum to my book!  I can’t believe the book is almost  years old and A LOT has happened since we published that book.  I don’t want to spoil the sequel, but I WILL tell you 2 things that I am proud of.

First:  one of most successful things I accomplished in my 62 years:

I know it isn’t much…but it is a picture of what true determination really is. I stopped worrying about having the biggest house or having the coolest car. When my life was taken away from me, I looked at what was really important: my wife, my kids and my beautiful granddaughter.

What do you think? I make just the right amount of money to live…not more…not less.

And second: When I have the need for something out of the ordinary,  a door opens up.

Case In Point

I wanted to do something special for Jill’s birthday (last November); she’s been taking care of me …for almost 11 years!  Since I couldn’t spend much money, I told my daughter, Rachel,that I would have the surprise party it at our house.I said “It will be easy; we just buy some food.” She just laughed and said “you can’t have at our house. Who is going to clean it up.”….  She was right! Then Rachel suggested I have birthday party at Lake Theatre & Cafe. When I inquired about the cost, they told me it would be about

$1600 inclid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1600 including the cost of the cookies and cake.

$1600 including the cost of the cookies and cake.

While I now that Jill deserved the celebration, I didn’t know where I would get the money to pay for it. Then I received THIS is the mail…a check from the US Treasury Department for $1682!

I wasn’t expecting it… it just came…for the almost the exact amount my party would cost….

I won’t tell anything more; I don’t want to spoil Jill’s sequel.  I am sure that she will do a far better job of telling her story. That is one of her many gifts.

Talking about IMPORTANT things

I had the honor of speaking at a fundraiser for Wilderness Journey Ministries this weekend.  IMG_0424They do the wonderful work of helping families and loved ones communicate effectively and lovingly when a life-threatening diagnosis is received.  I love their slogan: “Helping families face a life-threatening illness holding Christ’s hand.”

It seems a bit surreal sometimes to be the person offering perspective and encouragement to others in need.  It just wasn’t that long ago when I was the one in need.  I am so happy to offer hope by being an example of successful, ongoing recovery.  With each story of not-so-successful recovery, I am reminded how important The Team is!  No one recovers alone.

Hearing stories of families who needed a terminal illness to finally learn how to talk about the important things was an eye-opener.  I guess we put off those important discussions because we assume there is always tomorrow so why rush it?  Every story included the realization that having the important conversations brought them closer and they were sorry they waited so long.  Good lesson to learn.

Jill Viggiano