June has ended up being a "practice what you preach" kind of month. We started out strong....finishing school, celebrating an anniversary, welcoming summer and helping a precious family. But then suddenly, our family was in the throws of the worst days. This is not unfamiliar territory to our group but, caught off guard, it definitely threw us for a loop. The details are not mine to share but thankfully all looks to be well and we are firmly placing June behind us. Here is what I learned through all of this. We are not called to wait on things being perfect to celebrate. The joy comes in celebrating amidst the chaos.
Sometime around mid May I realized that my Dad was coming upon the 20th anniversary of his stroke. His stroke was/is rather debilitating and really was a major turning point in our family's history. Since the stroke he has also had many, many additional ailments leaving him unable to live alone. As a rule it is very hard for him to be in crowds or noisy places because of both his eyesight and his balance. All that being said...he and I talked about the anniversary and that it is worth of celebrating. Thus was born The Stroke Dinner. We headed to his favorite restaurant and all gathered for a dinner of steak and potatoes to celebrate the miracle of having 20 years with this guy that we thought would never happen. We were able to have a great dinner and reminisce about many memories at his old stomping ground and as the kids said "celebrate that Osh is still alive." With so much of our lives, it is not the path I would have chosen for us but I am thankful that we try to live it well and celebrate often.
Looking back, the dinner was the perfect way to start this month. As could only be planned by divine foresight we were reminded of how far we have come, how very strong we are and that there is much worth celebrating, especially amidst the chaos.