I made it to Fifty

September 22, 2019

I woke up today earlier than expected. But I woke up! Heart pumping, lungs breathing, stomach hungry, mind wandering. The love of my life next to me. The apple of my eye down the hall. (The other apple away for the night.) One dog snoozing at my feet, another dog ready to greet me with my coffee.

I made it to Fifty.

Last night I was able to celebrate with some of my favorite people and it was so fun! We enjoyed some wine, beer or water with lime and some delicious cake. We played 80s Playlist Bingo which we were all masters at because it was OUR music! It was a great night and especially fun to have a reason to celebrate.

I made it to Fifty.

I am embracing it because not everyone has the privilege of reaching this milestone. I can think of a few childhood friends who passed on before graduation. A few college friends who did not see 30. And now in my middle age, I have had a few friends who did not see 50 or just barely made it past 50. (Thanks, cancer, you suck.)

I made it to Fifty.

I started this blog when Don got his cancer diagnosis in 2017. I knew I had to write to process my thoughts and record our journey. We have been blessed to have 95% of that chapter behind us. Other than monthly treatments in the form of a shot, it is business as usual for him and for our family. I recognize what a blessing this is. I hope and pray it will be like this for a long while.

I made it to Fifty.

The blog is named Riding the Coaster on Red Forest Road because I knew that life is like a roller coaster. Ups and downs. Twists and turns. Surprises that make your stomach jump to your chest. Quick stops. And, of course, parenting teens makes the ride even more adventuresome! This year we have a high school freshman and a high school senior. I’m not sure how that happened, except that we’ve been riding the coaster and here we are. Mostly smiling and enjoying the ride, sometimes holding on for dear life, gripping the safety bar, hoping the scary part ends soon. But here we are.

I made it to Fifty.

Today I will relax and hang out with my family. Probably putter around the house and take a nap. This is what 50 year olds do! I will revel in the memories from last night celebrating with so many wonderful friends. And I will thank God for another year.

4 thoughts on “I made it to Fifty

  1. I’m so glad you write this…keeps me up to date and allows me to wish you a heartfelt Happy Birthday! I,too, am
    glad you made it to fifty, what a ride you’ve had! Enjoy your family, your milestone and all your life has blessed you with. ❤️

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  2. Good stuff babe. Keep it coming. Got home yesterday. Physically tough trip but saw a lot of good stuff.

    Dad.

    On Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 8:27 AM Riding the Coaster on Red Forest Road wrote:

    > coasterredforest posted: “September 22, 2019 I woke up today earlier than > expected. But I woke up! Heart pumping, lungs breathing, stomach hungry, > mind wandering. The love of my life next to me. The apple of my eye down > the hall. (The other apple away for the night.) One dog snoo” >

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