48 years young!

16 Feb

This Saturday, 15 February was my 48th birthday.

The kids were all away for the weekend, the first time ever all 3 have been away together and how nice it would have been to have a great day out, eating, theatre etc! But to be honest I was just not up to doing anything, although we have seen slow improvements this week, I just didn’t have the energy to do anything. It was going to be a very quiet day.  So after trying to catch up on a bit of sleep in the morning,  Sue woke me up and presented me with a pile of cards.

That’s when the day got better!

As I started on opening the cards, there seemed to be more than I would normally expect, which would usually be about 6, but this pile had a least 20! The usual family cards were there, but most of them were from friends who wouldn’t normally know it was birthday anyway. Each card contained words to encourage me and another bit of paper which had a value of its own (money).

I must say I was totally blown away and wasn’t quite sure what was going on. But it certainly brightened up what was promising to be a quiet day. By the time I got dressed and went downstairs there were more cards through the letterbox and this trend continued through the whole day. By time we went to bed I had received 48 cards like this and all of these cards were from friends in the ‘Band of Brothers’.  It was like a constant shower of blessing throughout the day.

The ‘Band of Brothers’ is a group of 90+ men at the church and for the last 5 years I have been involved in running this group of men. They have been an amazing encouragement to me and the family during the course of my illness. It is this group of guys who have travelled daily with me for my radiotherapy sessions to Guys. It was Maurice Clarke who organised this day of blessings, as a way to bless and encourage me during my time of recovery. Thank you guys it has done the job it intended and it definitely made our quiet day one to remember.

Thanks
Neil

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