Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Worst Day on the Best Day; WOYWW 391

Yesterday was my 30th wedding anniversary.  The anniversary of one of the best days of my life.  DH and I have a great marriage full of love, respect, and lots of fun.  We weren't sure how we were going to celebrate since it's on a Tuesday, but celebrate we were!

Then this happened...5:00 in the morning I hear DHs cell phone ring.  As you can guess, a phone call at 5:00 doesn't mean good news.  I'm laying in bed thinking, please be my sister calling to sing "Happy Anniversary" but deep down I knew that wasn't it.  We got a call that his mother, my mother-in-law passed away.  She passed peacefully in her sleep at 4:00 a.m.

After the initial sock and lots of tears, we looked at each other and said "happy anniversary" and then cried some more.

We floated by the rest of the day, a coworker texted to let me know I had some flowers on my desk (I can't remember the last time DH sent me flowers on our anniversary) so she dropped them off and much later in the evening, our four children surprised us with an amazing anniversary gift.  They pitched in and purchased tickets to a four day cruise.

It was all so bitter sweet.

I didn't get a chance to take a photo of my work area, but I felt like posting anyways.

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  1. What a day! Prayers and healing light in this time of Joy and Transition.
    thanks for visiting! and welcoming me to your place
    Robyn 3

  2. Hi Dorlene, congratulations on your anniversary, and my condolences on the loss of your Mother in Law. Such a blessing, though, to pass peacefully in ones sleep. The best that any of us can hope for. Love & hugs, Shaz #10 xx

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary, but my sympathies for your loss. How lovely that your children got you such a special present, I hope you and your husband have a lovely time.
    Diana #20 xx

  4. Happiest of Anniversaries to you. I know it's hard but take a moment to reflect on the fact that a lot of people these days don't make it 3 years much less 30, that's a big deal! Sorry for the loss of your mother in law, prayers to get through the coming days. Thanks for popping over.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss and that is such an awesome milestone 30 years :) Those are truly lovely flowers too! (( hugs )) ~Stacy #36

  6. Happy Anniversary! Your flowers are beautiful, and you are going to love your cruise. We love cruising! :)
    So sorry for your loss. Like you said bittersweet. We have to take the good and the bad in life. You are so nice to have visited me already! Thank you. # 36

  7. Oh Dorlene, my condolences too, what a terrible shock as a way to start such a day. Take comfort in each other as you celebrate your Pearl anniversary. I think your children's gift to you will be the best gift ever.

  8. Very bittersweet. Congrats on your anniversary. That is quite the accomplishment. Sorry about the loss of your MIL.

    Sharon K #33

  9. What a day Dorlene! Shaz is right though, that's the way to go, very peacefully in your sleep. Those are gorgeous flowers. Sending big hugs, Angela x 17

  10. Simply magnificent flowers Dorlene, how thoughtful of your hubby,and so sad for you both, think it's always hard, very even if you're expecting it and I don't think you were. Praying for comfort for all who loved this dear lady.
    Bloggy hugs, Shaz in Oz.x 5

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  11. That's a tough one Dorlene - you want to really celebrate your anniversary but can't because of the sadness about your MiL. It sounds like you and your hubby have the most wonderful partnership, give yourselves extra big hugs to cope with the next month or so. The cruise is such a thoughtful present from your kids.
    Take care lovely gal, really thinking of you,
    Hugs, LLJ 8 xxx

  12. Good morning Dorlene. Congratulations on your 30th wedding anniversary and what a beautiful surprise your DH had sent you. Hope you both enjoy the cruise from your children, what a splendid gift to receive. Also I am trully sorry for the loss of your mother in law. Thanks for visiting me earlier and sorry for getting back to you so late. Hugs Always ~Anne L #15
    P.S. A few weeks back I did a giveaway and you won but couldnt find a email on your blog to get a hold of you and have it waiting to mail out for you. If you could plz send me PM so I can mail you your goodies.

  13. Dorlene, how does one comment on a post like yours? Bittersweet is the only way to describe it. Highs, Lows and Highs again. It sounds as if your mil died peacefully in her sleep and as Shaz says, that is the way to go, in your sleep. Be less sad in the knowledge that she went to sleep happily and was probaby ready to ring you next day to wish you and her son a 'happy anniversary'.
    What a lovely gift from your children.
    Hugs, Neet 2 xx

  14. Sending sincerest condolences on your loss, and congratulations on reaching an amazing and loving milestone... As Shaz has said and so many others have echoed, passing in one's sleep is a gentle and kind way to leave our loved ones, and it sounds as if she will have been a remarkable lady in life...

    Sending love and light...

    Morti @ 35

  15. Running behind, but wanted to say thank you for the kind comments from last week's blog.Then I notice you too have some sad news. Wishing you and your family Deepest Sympathy, it's never easy saying good bye. Also Happy 30th Anniversary sounds like fun plans and some beautiful flowers. Trying to keep busy and seems all the days have "do it now" themes. Wishing you well


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