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Today is my last day in New York City.

It has been an incredible ride since we arrived here in November, and it is hard to imagine that it is coming to an end. It seems like everything wrapped up so quickly, and yet it always seemed to be going so slowly at the time. I think that pretty much sums up life though. You have to enjoy each moment because when you look back it all seems to have slipped by so fast.

I was talking to someone a few weeks ago about our time here in New York and I said, “Oh, we’ve had a great time! We’ve had a great living situation, seen several plays, been to some great restaurants and have really enjoyed everyone we’ve met up here!” They kind of looked at me like I was crazy. That’s when I realized how it sounded to be talking about how much fun we have had since we have been up here for cancer treatment and an amputation. I said, “Oh, well yeah… besides all of that other stuff.”

Sometimes I forget how all of this looks to people from the outside. I don’t view this as a tragic occurrence, but rather the next step in me becoming the man I am supposed to be. And I don’t think any of what I have done is particularly special, it is just what you do when you face something like this. You keep on going. And now I am going home!

As I said, we have had some great times here in New York, despite the circumstances that brought us here. The reason we have had those great times is because of the family that I am blessed to be a part of and the support we have received from everyone around us. Having such incredible support through all of this is more than I could have ever asked for and I am fortunate beyond all words to have had such amazing people enter my life. Everyone I have been blessed to have come into contact with throughout this entire experience has turned what could have been a horrible ordeal into a time I look back on with fond memories.

So to everyone who reads this and everyone who has written us notes of encouragement or just said a silent prayer on our behalf, thank you. Thank you all so much. Your involvement has truly made a huge difference and we are all very appreciative!

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11 Responses to Home

  1. Bob and Paula Parris says:

    Thanks be to God, and may you continue to feel his presence as you adjust to life at home again.

  2. Robert James says:

    You are a blessing and inspiration to all of us that know you. I am glad that you are coming home (you are probably home now) and can back into your work and life’s routines. Let’s us know what is going on with you from time to time.

    • Peggy Guthrie says:

      Ditto Robert’s comments, from another North Carolina cousin. Your outlook is a challenge to the folks of a more melancholy nature! I admire it and strive for it. My prayers go with you to Atlanta.

  3. ADA says:

    rob, i know that the only way you can feel the way you do about all that has happened and the way you have responded is because you know the one who holds you in His hands. He has your back and you know it PTL hope to see you and and fam in hotlanta!!

  4. jarret wade says:

    I’m really thankful that my girlfriend got introduced to your blog, as you’ve been a huge source of encouragement for me bro. Praying for you as you move forward in life, I know it’s exciting. I have one treatment left, so I’ll keep you posted on it.

    God Bless,

    JW

  5. Zona Trahan says:

    just a big smile on my face!

  6. Norma Dagley says:

    Rob,
    I am thrilled for you!! This is really the culmination of all of our prayers for you. I think you are really showing a lot of maturity with your comment that this is part of God’s plan for making you into the man He wants you to be. I have seen your growth and maturity thoughout the blogs. Please keep us posted on wht happens from here on out. I know God has big plans for you!!
    Norma

  7. caryn says:

    welcome home rob!!!! hope to get to see you soon.

  8. Kim Hershfeld says:

    BRAVO! So glad you are home. All the best to you, Rob – so hope you will continue your blog.

  9. Bob and Paula Parris says:

    Great that you’re home! God bless you and yours!

  10. Jolie Gavin says:

    I know this is an old post. I am still reading through your blog. Such an inspirational post. I am glad you are back and Atlanta, and even more glad that you were able to take home such wonderful memories of your adventures in NY despite why you were there. I hope you continue to post when you can!!!

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