Our 17th wedding anniversary will be this Saturday. I can not believe it has been that long! We were married on the first Saturday in May seventeen years ago. I was looking at the calendar and realized that since our anniversary is on a Saturday, that the things that happened the previous week will fall on the same day of the week that they did back in 1998.

On the Tuesday before our wedding, my aunt was diagnosed with luekemia. My mom and aunts were going to prepare the food for the 400-plus people who were expected on that day. My aunt worked in a catering kitchen, and that was where were about to make about a million pans of lasagna. But, she was sick, and we got the news that day.

We found out that day she wouldn’t be out of the hospital for a long time. Treatment needed to start immediately.

As it was, Pat talked them into waiting until Saturday at 7:00 to start the Chemo. She wanted to at least attend the wedding, and she did.  She then returned to the hospital, and started treatment that evening.  We stopped by after the wedding for a visit.

It seems like it was another lifetime ago. So much has happened in these last seventeen years including her beating that cancer only to have another one kill her five years ago.
Seventeen years ago today. Everything changed. Every year as our anniversary approaches, I think of this day.
I thnk of the time we spent sitting in her hospital room making the wedding favors and rolling programs and tying each with navy ribbon. That was precious and scary time.

I am thankful for the twelve years she fought it off. I am thankful for the time she loved on our kids. She loved them and she was good to them.

It reminds me how precious the time is with my family now.

Our kids have two incredible sets of grandparents who adore them and do whatever they can to help.

Our kids get to enjoy my aunt and uncle that live nearby who treat them amazingly as well. They love them dearly, and I am so thankful for that.

Family is so important. It is important for children, but it is important for adults too. We need it. I need it. I love the
comfort that comes from knowing that they will be there if you fall apart. So this is my seventeenth year of being reminded of what is important.

Cherish the time. YOu just never know.
Life is a vapor!!!

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Tancy Griffin

Tancy Griffin is a wife and mother of four wonderful children. Her husband Jeremiah Griffin is a church planter and pastor in Rockford, Illinois.

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