We have hit a milestone, my husband and I. Friday night was my husbands retirement party after 30 years of distinguished service as a law enforcement officer and the last ten, as Chief of Police. This retirement was not part of the grand plan….the grand plan is what you hope for before real life takes over. 2 years ago, Matt was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. At age 50, this has been a blow to Matt and our whole family. BUT prior to the diagnosis, when faced with a possible life threatening brain tumor, the diagnosis of PD was better than brain tumor! Funny how God sets us up to grateful in the face of a crap storm!
This post is dedicated to Matt. We are so proud of you and everything you have done, stood for and everyone you stood up for! You never participated in cliques or the brat packs. You always maintained your integrity and were a cops cop, stood up for your men and you were fair. To Everyone!
As we go down this road of retirement. and the second half of our life together, just know I have your back. I am totally devoted to you and love you more today than ever before. You are my man, my friend and you have my heart. We have some scary stuff to face but we will face it together with courage and faith in God. Thank you for taking such good care of our family. You did the right things early on in your career for such a time as this…and we will be ok.
Thank you to my friends who have been my angels and my rocks during my darkest and saddest days. You have made me laugh through my tears and lifted me up when I could not do it for myself. Dina, Trish, Liza, Molly, Corrina- my sisters in this life. I love you. You are my family and I am so grateful to have such a strong group of REAL women around me. How lucky am I to have so many great besties! You are all the best. Thank you for sharing our night and for your strength and support. I would have been a puddle under that dinner table without you all there. And a trip out to the parking lot for some puppy breath is always the best remedy for a sad heart!
Matt- Thank you for understanding that I need a horse to ride and show to be sane. Thank you for never ever giving me any grief about the horses.
Keep fighting honey…we wont let this stop us, it may slow us down some days but we will still have a great life and there is still much joy to be had. I love you