Love, Joy, Happiness, and Laughter; The Best Medicine

My Life has 3 things that bring me the greatest Joy, Happiness, and Laughter; that is the Best Medicine of all. My life hasn’t always been easy and I rarely take the easy path, but my greatest joys are my Husband, my Children (which includes my son-in-laws, and my grandchildren), and my pets! I have spent most of my adult life with theses three great joys and I am so fortunate that I have had the great privilege to do so! My husband is the most loving, caring man I have ever known, as someone who grew up without a father in my life, he shows me daily how a REAL man loves, sacrifices, and puts everything; and I mean everything after God and his family!

I was a young mother, married at eighteen and our first child came along three years later, when I was the ripe old age of twenty-one. I’m glad I married and had children young, as a matter of fact, I wouldn’t do it any other way! Has it been easy, not always, I would be lying if I said it was. There were hard times, no money, many bills, and struggles; but these are the best times of my life! All those difficulties fade as I get older, hopefully wiser, and when I look back on the life I chose. I say I chose, since we didn’t have many people in our lives that thought we were making the right decisions, but we were undeterred. Both stubborn, naive, so much in love and set on getting married. Thank God, that at this writing thirty-two years later, still stubborn, not as naive, and still happily married.

Our children, all grown up now, with homes, jobs, and lives of their own; I couldn’t be more proud. They too are stubborn, not as naive as we were, young adults that are making a positive mark on this world. Our two oldest are married to wonderful men, who are perfect for them and I am so blessed to call them my sons. Our son, the youngest, went halfway across the country to college, graduated with honors, and is a hard working young man. I love to spend time with them, as a military family we have lived all over the United States. Our time together, now that they are grown, is not as often as I would like, but when we are all together we have so much fun. I love spending time with them, they are fun and funny, wether we are playing cards, watching movies, or sitting around the fire pit talking about the “good ‘ol days”!
What would any grandma tell you about their grandchildren? They are beautiful, sweet, sassy, and the light of my life! My only regret is we didn’t get to be part of their lives until they were half grown, I missed those baby days; rocking, teething, taking their first steps and the first day of school. They were eight and ten when their dad and our daughter met, that doesn’t matter to us, our granddaughters they are and always will be! Being someone who grew up in a blended family. That didn’t function as a family at all, I told my children, “I will take all the grandchildren I can get, I don’t care, I have plenty of love for all the grandchildren in the world”! I hope and pray we get more grandchildren, the more the merrier!

Then there are our pets, many over the years. Having a husband a military brat, who only had hamsters growing up, we have had pets ever since our second week of marriage. I grew up mostly on a small family farm, so I have always been around animals; dogs, cats, chickens, cows, horses, and everything in between. My husband adopted our first pet, a cat we named squirt, and we had her for sixteen years. There have been many others over the years, as you know we were blessed with a pregnant mamma cat that came up a couple months ago. We being great big ‘ol softies started feeding her. Well, now she is our cat and blessed us with 5 kittens such a joy during a difficult time for me. (To read more about the kittens see articles 5 Kittens and a Blog)

We added these 5 kittens to a home that already had 2 cats and 2 dogs, so yes that makes 10 total!! We are not keeping them although, 10 is just way to many! We ended up finding good homes for two of the kittens and before the 8 week old mark, when we were supposed to take two of the other kittens to our Veterinarians office to be adopted, my husband had talked himself into keeping them. Simultaneously my 13 year old Border Collie, Boo, started having seizures and despite our best effort and those of our vet we had to say goodbye for now on May 30, 2017. Fender, the 8 year old Border Collie mix our son adopted, will soon go to live with our son, and we will “just” have the 6 cats, for now. I will get another dog, but I need time for my heart to heal after loosing Boo. He was the first dog I’ve ever had truly mine. He decided on the ride home, when we got him at 6 weeks old, that I was his person and he was my most trusted constant companion. I don’t know how long it takes to heal, if it’s a week, month/s, or a year; but a house without a dog is just not a home to me!
So these are the things that bring me Love, Joy, Happiness, and Laughter; what are yours? I would love to know! Leave me a comment and let me know and I will do my best to respond. I would love to share with my readers what makes you happy, so maybe they can find the same happiness and joy in their lives.

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