Love and Life on the Rock

This past weekend my husband and I took a whirlwind trip to Newfoundland.  It was possibly the most unbelievable trip of my life but one I had hoped I wouldn't have to make.

I'll start at the beginning....

Our dear friend Amos was diagnosed last December with Stage 3 Burkitt's Lymphoma.  And until this weekend I didn't know how terrible this type of cancer is.  Burkitt's is the most aggressive and fastest growing cancer there is; doubling every 24hrs.

Last Monday we found out that the 8 months of chemo Amos had suffered through didn't do what the doctor's had hoped and he had no more treatment options left.  Words cannot describe the feeling I had when I found out my dear friend had days, maybe weeks left to live.  And it was at that exact moment I decided I was going to Newfoundland by the end of the week.  I didn't know how, but I was getting there.  The next day we learned that Amos and his amazing partner Corey were going to get married on Saturday and we had to make it there...so then the planning began.

I spent what seemed like an eternity on the phone and computer trying to book plane tickets, book a rental car, arrange for someone to take the kids and the dogs and get to the Rock.  All I can say is there are some pretty selfless people in the world and I found myself accepting help from total strangers in order to make this weekend happen.

We arrived Friday at lunchtime and having never been to Newfoundland I was completely overwhelmed by it's beauty and wilderness.  I can't even describe the moment when we were about to land in St. John's and seeing the rocky cliffs jutting out of the ocean for the very first time. I was instantly in love with this place at the edge of world.

The wedding was on Saturday at their home overlooking Conception Harbour and it was glorious.  Surrounded by friends and family who had come in from all over our friends celebrated their love and commitment on a cliff overlooking the ocean.  The wedding was put together in just 3 days and what they say about Newfoundland hospitality is absolutely true! Complete strangers donated so many things to make the day special.  There was enough food to feed two more weddings that weekend!   I can't remember the last time I cried and laughed so much.

I guess what I'm really trying to get at is you just never know what is going to happen in this life so make everything count.  Don't wait, do all those things you've always wanted to do.  Enjoy every moment as if it's your last.  Love now; love often.  Hug those close to you and tell them you love them.  Put the cell phone away and just enjoy each moment.

This weekend was a testament to what true love really is and I'm going to focus on that each day.

  Make each day count....you only have a limited amount.

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  1. Sending much love to you and your friend at this time. It's unspeakable when someone close breaks the news that they are terminally ill. Sadly I know how that feels. Glad you got to attend such a beautiful wedding - and you couldn't be more right about seizing the day and loving with all your heart xxx

    1. Thanks. It's so easy to forget what's really important.

  2. Seizing the day seems even more important at times like this. This post really shows the beauty within people x

    1. Absolutely. It has really put things in perspective.

  3. What an amazing post and a great reminder how important it can be to treat every day as important. How lovely too that your friends were able to celebrate their wedding surrounded by family and friends albeit for very sad reasons. Sending my love to you and your friends at this time. #magicmoments

  4. awww Jen i am so so sorry your friend has already gone through so much, but i am pleased you all got such a beautifully special day together.

    thank you for linking up with #MagicMoments x


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