This wasn’t a typical Thanksgiving for us, sitting at a table loaded with food and surrounded by family and friends, but it was still a very good day. And I think Terry and I both ended the day feeling very grateful for all that we have in our lives.
We spent most of the last two days at the hospital with a very sick friend who is recovering from emergency surgery. Our Thanksgiving meal was with her husband at an IHOP restaurant we found open near the hospital when we stepped out to allow her to get some much needed rest.
An experience like this gives us an entirely new perspective on all of the things we have to be thankful for this holiday season. Sure, we’re getting older and we have the occasional aches and pains that go along with that. But compared to our friend and some of the other people we’ve seen in the last couple of days, we don’t have anything to complain about. Life is never perfect, but if you have your health and people who love you, nothing else really matters.
Something else that was reinforced for us was how grateful we both are that we made what many people considered to be an insane decision to chuck it all and go on the road as fulltime RVers when we were in our mid-40s. Every time we go back to our old hometown, Jim and Sharleen have talked about how much they want to travel, but up until now there has always been some reason to wait. Now they have had a real wakeup call.
We’ve had our ups and downs, including Miss Terry’s own terrible battle with stage 4 cancer. But she celebrates her thirteenth anniversary of being cancer free this month and we have not regretted a minute of the last fifteen years. Terry has always said that even if the worst had happened back then, at least we would have had the first eighteen months we did before she got sick. A lot of people never get to live their dream, or to live it long enough.
After we left the hospital we stopped at Terry’s parents’ house, where they had enjoyed a nice dinner with her sisters Dani and Lisa. We visited for a while and had dessert with them, then came home, where I took a much-needed nap.
Somebody who really has the holiday spirit is Dave Boggs, of the Boggs Family Ministries. Dave is donating five copies of their new Christmas-themed CD He Came – The Gospel of Christmas to this week’s Free Drawing. Produced by Dove award winning and Grammy nominated producer Ben Isaacs, the CD has eight songs and a short gospel sermon. You can listen to sample tracks here and follow the Boggs Family Ministries on their blog at this link. We’re giving them away all at once so you can get them in time to enjoy during the holidays. All you have to do to enter is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The five winners will be chosen at random on Sunday evening and Dave will mail the CDs directly to them.
And if you would like to spread some holiday cheer to your RVing friends, today we’re kicking off our latest promotion, just in time for your Christmas shopping. Between now and Christmas Eve you can gift a one year digital subscription to the Gypsy Journal for just $10, which is half of the regular price. There is no restriction on the number of subscriptions you can give, but they have to be gifts and not to your own e-mail address. To order, just click the button below. And please follow up with an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the e-mail addresses you want the subscription(s) to go to. We’ll send the recipients an e-mail telling them the gift is from you.
Thought For The Day – There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.