Have I Told You Lately?

I went to the doctors last thursday and had a bit of a health scare. Nothing serious, well I hope not anyway ūüôā I am doing all I can to rectify the problem but it has still left me feeling anxious and afraid. How did I get to this point? I thought I was fit and healthy, and don’t get me wrong, I am….just not as healthy as I thought I was.¬†When I returned home on Thursday, I cleaned out my pantry of every unhealthy snack food I could find, I even gave a few bottles of wine away to our neighbours and friends. Now,¬†instead of going for a walk once or twice a week, I am walking everyday. Not a stroll but a brisk walk which sometimes turns into a jog.

Even though my test results were¬†not terrible, they were bad¬†enough to give me a fright. I need to¬†have a mammogram and ultrasound, and I have an appointment for another cholesterol test in a months time but thankfully¬†my blood pressure was normal and I don’t have to worry about that! But it was enough for me to think about life, how we treat our bodies and how easy it is to neglect ourselves and not consider the consequences. It also made me think of my hubby¬†Mitchell and our two daughters. What would have happened if I let things go another few months? Another year? I have known women who have left their health check up’s to the very last minute. Until they were so unwell they had no choice. I can’t help but think if they had visited their GP when they first felt unwell, or when they first felt the lump, their outcomes could have been so very different.

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Mitchell and I

Life has a way of catching up on us. We get caught up in our daily lives that we tend to forget about those little things, such as dental and doctor visits. Thing is, we¬†don’t live for thousands of years, and as far as we know, we only have one chance at this thing called life. We don’t think that Camembert cheese and wine on the weekends could come back to bite us and we don’t¬†imagine ourselves hooked up to a drip receiving a dose of chemo until we get a check up. But it is during these times when we contemplate our decisions, and think about what we could possibly be leaving behind. I know this might sound a bit melodramatic, it depends on how each of us sees and thinks about our experiences, but for me I couldn’t help but think about Mitchell and the kids.

I¬†went downstairs this morning to get a cup of coffee and saw my daughter Rachael making a bowl of honey porridge.¬†I had to take a moment. There she was wrapped up in her fluffy dressing gown,¬†enjoying a relaxing sunday morning. She recently turned 18,¬†is currently studying year 12 and¬†she¬†has also made plans to get her probationary licence (P-Plates) and she is also the baby of our¬†family. I couldn’t help but feel emotional… where have the years gone? It’s like (click of the fingers) and she is all grown up. I couldn’t help but wonder, if anything was ever to happen to me, what kind of legacy would I be leaving behind.

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Mitchell & I Footy

I walked over to the kitchen and gave her a great big hug, then I told her how much I loved her and how proud I am of her. It was a really lovely moment, and as I turned around there was Mitch standing in the hallway “You know, we never say it enough” he said, and he was right. Sure we all have cuddles, and Mitch and I snuggle of on the couch and share a kiss but how often do we express our feelings in words? Giving a hug is wonderful, but hearing someone tell you how proud of you they are, how much they adore you, care for you, love you… it’s the icing on the cake ūüôā

We shouldn’t wait until we feel like our mortality is at risk, we should be thankful for what we have each and every day. We should get up every morning and think about what we have, rather than what we don’t have. That nice shiny Audi sitting down the road, yeh it would be nice. But what would I rather have, my family or that Audi? Metal and rubber can’t hold me, care for me and love me…but my family always will.

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Mitchell & I Day Out

After lunch I came back up stairs to my little study area. While I was waiting for my computer login to load up Mitch walked up behind me and¬†wrapped me in his arms. It was so¬†romantic.. until he started to sing ūüôā As he started to sway side to side he¬†sang the words to Rod Stewarts beautiful ballad… “Have I told you lately that I love you?…” Yes… I laughed, he was being a bit silly ūüôā but it was also such a lovely¬†moment. I tried to sing along with him but each time I opened my mouth I would started laughing again. He even did the whole dip over his arm routine, but we laughed so hard he nearly dropped me. We kissed, cuddled and vowed to tell each other more often how much we love each other. It’s not silly, not corny, just a reminder that we should wait to say the words, because you never know what tomorrow will bring. When was the last time you told someone “I love you”?…..

x x x


Have I Told You Lately That I Love You  РLyrics

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there’s no one else above you
Fill my heart with gladness
take away all my sadness
ease my troubles that’s what you do

For the morning sun in all it’s glory
greets the day with hope and comfort too
You fill my life with laughter
and somehow you make it better
ease my troubles that’s what you do
There’s a love that’s divine
and it’s yours and it’s mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
we should give thanks and pray
to the one, to the one

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there’s no one else above you
Fill my heart with gladness
take away all my sadness
ease my troubles that’s what you do

There’s a love that’s divine
and it’s yours and it’s mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
we should give thanks and pray
to the one, to the one

And have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there’s no one else above you
You fill my heart with gladness
take away my sadness
ease my troubles that’s what you do
Take away all my sadness
fill my life with gladness
ease my troubles that’s what you do
Take away all my sadness
fill my life with gladness
ease my troubles that’s what you do…

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