Halloween just so happens to be the anniversary of my husband being cancer-free. Yesterday we celebrated 9 years and we are so very grateful to God!
Each year, we celebrate in the same way and I wanted to share a glimpse with you all.
We celebrate at the park because doesn't the park just naturally say something about celebrating life? I always get eclairs because they're one of Chris's favorite desserts and I throw some candles on there because, again, doesn't that just say "celebrate!"?
So each year we read through our list from the previous year, gratefully crossing off those that we have lived. Then we make a new list and share it with each other. It's about remembering the dreams that have come true and looking forward to the future.
Then we play. We used to play by ourselves. Now we play with two little boys. We celebrate life. We're so very grateful we have it.
A few years ago, my husband's friend Justin sent him a shirt from "the anger stage" that has a mostly blanked out expletive before the word "cancer." Chris wears that shirt every year on Halloween. He wears it underneath a sweater or another t-shirt because he doesn't feel completely comfortable showing it to the world, but he knows it's there. He knows he kicked cancer's butt. So I told our kids this year that today is the day we say, "FORGET CANCER!" Because that seemed a little more age-appropriate than the shirt.