2015 A Big Year
As my husband and I prepared for the new year, we had several conversations about our plans for 2015. We knew this year would be a big year for us because I will celebrate my 50th birthday and we will also celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary! It’s a funny thing how the years creep up so quickly! It wasn’t that long ago that we said I do and heard the song “We’ve Only Just Begun” at our wedding and here we are ready to celebrate 30 years of marriage, which is a total gift from God, because without him we would be another statistic!
Not only will we celebrate the above mentioned milestones, but we are also preparing for my husband’s retirement slated for June 26, 2016. My husband, Rudy, has been a firefighter for the city of Los Angeles for the last 32 years and has been at every high-profile event including the Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires, floods, Earthquakes, First Interstate Building High-rise fire and the list goes on. He has had several injuries requiring five different surgeries due to work related incidents. As a result of his injuries he has been in constant knee and back pain and we just found out today that he will probably need knee replacement surgery and another surgery on his foot – that will bring him home starting tomorrow! We hope he will be able to return to work in a year to finish out his last six months on the job, but it is pretty likely that today is his last day on the job!
It is so funny how things can change from one day to the next! We make our plans to the best of our ability, but only God truly knows what the future holds. My prayer is that my husband will be able to walk again before my 50th because we have an exciting cruise planned – a first for the both of us. We are both really grateful that Rudy reached his goal of paying off all of our debt at the end of 2014, so just in case Rudy is unable to return to duty in the next 16 months we will be financially ready for retirement. There are still so many decisions we have to make including whether or not to sell our home of 23 years. We have a pretty big house with a pool and now that it is 23 years old there are several maintenance issues that need to be done and the upkeep on the house is pretty constant. Rudy would like to purchase a condo and downsize so that we would be free to travel and not worry about the expense of maintaining such a large home.
It will definitely be an adjustment to have my husband home all the time, I’m so use to him being gone, but it’s also very exciting to see what our new life will be like once he’s past the recovery stages with his surgeries. We will miss our fire family, but we also know we will see them off duty! These guys are truly heroes in every sense of the word! They are fearless and give everything they’ve got to save lives and property! They are truly an elite group and I’m privileged to have shared my life with such a great man.
HOPE for SMA