So I've been procrastinating on posting this blog post but I figure it's past due...I have a hard time putting my feelings down on paper. (I am not one that has a creative writing bone in my body.) I have such deep gratitude for the amazing family I was born into. I know that each person feels that their family is the BEST, but I appreciate the opportunity to share my feelings about mine. I have had a lot of spiritual experiences over the past year since my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ocular Melanoma of the Liver. I have always HATED the 'C' word and think it is one of the most awful words that one can hear. It's a word that really doesn't have much meaning until someone you love is diagnosed with it. Then all of a sudden it's a very dark and scary word.
We had no idea how long my dad would be here. Most people diagnosed with this type of cancer has a life expectancy of 2-7 months and only 15% of people with this type of cancer live 12 months. There are many thoughts that enter one's mind when they hear news like this. All I can say is that time became more precious and the things that I thought were important at the time became less important. Here we are a year later and he is still with us...for how much longer we are not sure. One thing is for sure...we have seen the miracle!!
Now about the 50th!!
My sister and I had been talking for the last couple years about how mom and dad's 50th anniversary was coming up. My mom has dreamed about their 50th for a long time, and for her sake I am extremely grateful Heavenly Father left Dad here to see their 50th. We started planning the big party back in January and it couldn't have been pulled off without all of my siblings!!
April 13th was a beautiful evening, very special for our family. There was an overwhelming amount of support and we appreciate everyone's love and prayers for our family and especially for my Dad!!!
The whole Famn Family...minus our 2 missionaries
The quilt we gave our parents.
The cake topper is their original cake topper from 50 years ago!
I love them more than words can say...
This was my favorite moment of the evening...