Thankful for 48 Years

As I settle into my recliner at 830 pm on the eve of my 48th birthday, I’m pretty darn thankful for the life I have.

It’s been an incredibly eventful year:

Jay and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.

We took two trips to our favorite beach, St. George Island, FL.

My family traveled to England and Kenya on the true trip of a lifetime to visit my brother and his family.

We went on our first safari in the Masai Mara… totally unforgettable experience!

My company, Oh Baby! Fitness, turned 10 years old, and we launched a new website that allows us to have classes and licensees all over the country.

My business partner moved to Seattle and had a baby girl, Beatrice.

Sofi started middle school as a sixth grader and dyed her hair blue.

I went to my 30th high school reunion.

And last, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

Lordy! That’s a LOT! Life is full and busy and ever-changing.

Today, we went for a walk in the sunshine. After umpteen days of rain and 11 days out from my surgery, it was absolutely glorious!!

I got to walk with my sister who’sย  been a fabulous caregiver.

clare and hayley

And behind these cuties who’ve been married for 50+ years.

mom and dad

family sunny day

It was a pretty glorious day. And then we ate dinner together as a family and dined on food given to us by dear friends who are caring for us through this challenge. We’ve had visitors stop by all day giving hugs, flowers, food and kind words.

I realize my life is about as perfect as it gets. And I’ve known it all along. I truly don’t take anything for granted. We have our home, our family, friends, neighbors, community, good schools, jobs we love, access to health care, sunshine,ย ย and our health.

And I really do have my health. I’m getting stronger every day. Best birthday gift ever to wake up and get to do it all over again. Weather forecast calls for more sunshine. Yippee!

Thankful. That’s me. Happy 48!!

12 thoughts on “Thankful for 48 Years”

  1. Happy Birthday Clare!๐ŸŽˆ Happy recovering! You’re the most amazing and inspirational person I’ve ever known. Continued thoughts, love and prayers! โค๏ธ

  2. Happy Birthday, Clare!! I hope you have a wonderful day! Your positivity is such an inspiration. You are amazing and strong! Let this be a great year for you. โค๏ธ

  3. What a tribute to your wonderful spirit on the eve of your birthday. I wish your special day, shared with the veterans in this country, will fulfill your hearts desire. Happy Birthday, Clare. I love you, Fitzie

  4. I agree life doesn’t get much better than that:)
    Glad to hear your are doing so well.
    Have a GREAT Birthday with many more WONDERFUL years to follow.

    Hugs
    Linda

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