The Second Year – another birthday

To Love and Be Loved is the Greatest Joy on Earth.

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Today is Mike’s birthday. It is one of those dry warm summer days with just the right breeze and puffy white “cartoon clouds” in the sky. I am sitting on our back porch; one of Mike’s favorite places. I have had no desire to sit out here – until today.  Mike has been gone 1 year and 10 months. It seems like so much longer. On another hand, we spent 30+ years together and so 22 months seems like nothing. Grief has a funny way to distorting time.

I am giving myself time and space to experience this day. As I sit here on the porch my heart is full of gratitude for the wonderful gifts that Mike gave me over the years. I am not referring to any specific birthday or Christmas gifts. Rather, the day in and day out gifts of Mike’s faithful friendship and love.  How blessed I am to have experienced this greatest joy in life.

I miss you my friend.

Celebrating Mike today with some of his favorite things – a hike in the woods, coffee ice cream, and his “girls”. (with Caleb of course…)



4 thoughts on “The Second Year – another birthday

  1. Jane Mignone says:

    Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful way to spend Mike’s birthday. We miss him!

  2. Ring, Christine says:

    Happy Birthday to Mike in heaven. And to all those who celebrate his changed life. Caleb is getting big! Thinking of you and praying for you daily.

    Christine Ring Peg’s friend from Lauralton.

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Laurie says:

    He is surely missed my friend! Thank you for this post. It encourages us!
    Happy Birthday Mike!!

  4. says:

    It’s great that you share your days of grief and hope, Patty. Always thinking if you all.

    Sent from my iPhone


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