Nothing sums up my excitement for this day like one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies of all-time.
If you’ve never seen the 1996 black comedy Grosse Pointe Blank then you’re kind of missing out. A movie filled with comedy, action, drama, romance and a flawless script, Grosse Pointe Blank features John Cusack (in a script he co-wrote) as a professional killer who returns to his old stomping grounds, and his 10-year high school reunion.
What does that have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing other than …
Today, April 7, marks the 10th anniversary of Lis’s leukemia diagnosis.
More importantly, this week will mark the 10th anniversary of me turning my personal diary into a blog. Okay, maybe not quite ‘more importantly’ but it’s a nice little feat if I do say so myself.
What will we do to commemorate these milestones?! Well as I’ve done the past few years I’ve decided to take the day off of work and spend it with my family. Call it our annual “Pause and Reflect Johnson 5 Holiday.” If I go to work I usually end up daydreaming about what I was doing on this date 10 years ago, and well that doesn’t make me very productive because I end up wanting to spend time with the wife that I nearly lost, the son that sparked our fight, and the kids that weren’t supposed to happen.
If you’re unfamiliar with our story then … well, you’re probably not reading this.
Long story short, if you think you may have a medical issue then go see the doctor ASAP. Don’t wait for the sprained wrist to never heal. Don’t wait for the headaches to continue for weeks. Don’t wonder about the bruises in awkward places. Don’t wait until pinpoint red dots appear all over your legs. And especially don’t wait until your blood is nearly depleted from your body. Get to the doctor ASAP!
Want the longer story? Start here with my first entry, “Like a Ton of Bricks” written two days later. Follow it there, but excuse all my grammar mistakes. I know I still make them but, kind of fun to see how far I’ve grown in 10 years.
If you are familiar with the story you’ve probably tired of it. I’ve shared it a ton, in front of family, in front of friends, in front of strangers, in front of a few, and in front of hundreds. I love sharing the story. It’s a story of support. It’s a story of friendship. It’s a story of faith. It’s a story of love. It’s a story of hope. It’s our story.
No, I don’t have a special reflection post to write.
I’m not going to get all teary-eyed sharing about how incredible my wife was and continues to be.
I’m not going to share about how incredible Lukas was, and how his smiles at 6-months helped all of us survive the fight and how we recently joked that we all have our purpose in life, and that he served his purpose during those first few months of his life. He’s now excused.
I’m not going to share about Lia and Levi, and how TEN YEARS! ago Lis and I were just counting our blessings that there were three of us – and now there are five!
I will thank all of you that ever supported us either via visits, prayers, food, following us via my blog, financially, car washes, and everything else that went into Lis’s survival.
Here’s Lis’s five-year anniversary slideshow for those that want to flashback a few years:
What I do hope to do is commemorate this blog by posting a Top 10 list about everything from my top 10 favorite blog posts, our 10 favorite movies from the last 10 years, 10 moments from the last 10 years, 10 things I learned the last 10 years, and more!
And now that we’ve reached this milestone, I hope to do my best to officially turn this blog into a “Daddy Blog” about life as a husband and as a father of three kids.
Along with the aforementioned lists I will be reintroducing you all to the characters in my life. I’ve also bottled up a few story ideas in my head the last few months. Things from how to both challenge and push my kids academically, the ease of access of nudity, and even circumcision. Things we all can relate to, but told in the wacky way my mind works, and in the wacky way I parent.
Any suggestions, please toss this to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, onr via Twitter @mylifewith3kids.
Thank you all once again for your support and here’s to another …