Husband comes in the door, sweaty, tired and with a big smile on his face. Having just played basketball with men more than half his age, Husband is a happy man. Almost one year to the day of a heart attack, Husband plays basketball on a Thursday, hikes four miles uphill on Saturday and then comes home and pushes our lawn mower for an hour and a half with gusto.
Now with a total weight loss of almost 40 pounds and off of most of his heart medication, Husband looks well to his future. We both give all the glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave the grace for life changes that have brought much fruit into our lives through Husband's renewed health and vitality. I think on these things as so often our two year old grandson, Blissboy, asks Nonna where Grandpa is or vice versa. We are a unit in his mind and I am grateful we still have been given more time to grandparent together.
Husband credits this little blue-eyed treasure and our precious granddaughter, Grandgirl, as his motivators. He does not take grandparenting lightly. This glorious experience is one of which he is most mindful comes with a great responsibility. The deepest desire of Husband's heart is to build into the lives of his grandchildren things most meaningful. So much so that he is willing to turn away from so many of the foods he has enjoyed through life and to make sure that exercise, sleep and purposeful living are now his mantra.
Recently, Husband heard of a grandfather who spent two years visiting with his homeschooled grandchildren and teaching them history. Husband is now salivating at the thought of doing the same. Such goals do help to get all the vegetables down.
Along with the incredible joy-filled hearts at continuing to be given time to grandparent our grandchildren and of course build into the lives of our adult children, is our appreciation that we were able to come through this experience still debt-free. I write in my debt-free journal my appreciation for being members of Samaritan Ministries, the doctors who gave Husband samples of very expensive medication, the blessing of Costco pharmacy and that we are able to make a healthy food budget a priority. We do not take these things for granted as we understand that sometimes circumstances can make life goals most challenging.
Husband and I do not presume upon our future. We know that each day is a gift and that life can take twists and turns unexpectedly. However, our hearts are full with the many blessings of the Lord and the hope that you, too, may rejoice with us.