Against the odds, time for a trip

A celebration trip with family took place recently,

but then I came home and got sick – I have been UP and Down.  My chest has been sounding like a dog’s squeaky toy, but no more fever.

Why celebrate?

I have wanted to celebrate because I am again healthy enough to travel, thanks to a miraculous gift.  For a few years my health has been rescinding, forcing me to stay at home, and then worse forcing me to resume dialysis, but April 2019 I was blessed with a new kidney transplant.  (fireworks!)

Against all odds – read link here.  Please investigate. 🙂


Leaving this behind, not that hard.

After waiting an appropriate time since my surgery,  it was time to celebrate with the ones who are the closest to my heart when I am lying in the hospital. So I flew away to Hawaii with my family.

I had a great time together with them, enjoyed warm weather, took family pictures, and was astonished by unexpected close encounters with Maui’s humpback whales, and a water snake!

The pictures right now are recent and I like them, but in ten years when I pull them out, they will be priceless.

It was fun to be together!  A special gift.


All that will be left is the stories, is a recurring theme of mine and I hope that I will continue to make new stories for awhile yet!

Mark Twain said ” Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”


Thanks for reading, as always I enjoy receiving your suggestions and feedback. Sorry no pictures of whales, I could have got some great photos but I was busy being blown away with the happiness of the experience and sharing it with family- Dave


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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22 Responses to Against the odds, time for a trip

  1. Sandra J says:

    I hope you are feeling better, was the flu bug waiting for you when you got home? Darn thing, your sunset photo is beautiful. And I love the quote from Mark Twain, a much deserving vacation for you and your family. Get better soon.

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  2. From that sunset photo alone, I can tell it was a great vacation.

    Get well soon.

    Neil S.

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  3. Beautiful photos. 🙂 Getting our of the cold and spending warm leisure time with your family is great. Best of all, you’re well enough to do that. 🙂

    Feel better soon. 🙂


  4. gifted50 says:

    Looks great, so glad you were able to travel and had lots of fun and new experiences.


  5. Hi David
    I am sorry you got sick upon returning from vacation. Don’t let stop you from embarking on more vacations in the future.
    Celebrate always and often! You have tons of reasons but a reason is not necessary – being alive is reason enough!
    Blessings to you and wishing you are 100% soon! 🙂 ♥♥


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hot chocolate thanks to you for your encouraging note especially as My ribs hurt from coughing today.
      You are right, every day is reason to celebrate, and to celebrate small and large items. I know I tend to talk out loud when out and about and thank god even for small things like a parking spot. It’s a happy habit.


  6. Krystle says:

    What a perfect way to celebrate! Hope you’re feeling better. 🙂


  7. Lynn says:

    One of my very favourite quotes! A gift indeed. Hope you are feeling better and dreaming of future adventures 💕


  8. Very glad to hear that you’re able to take a long trip, and Hawaii’s an excellent choice!

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  9. Hawaii! Good for you Dave! I love how your new lease on life has fostered such gratitude! Blessings be upon you my friend.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you Ilona, it was a wonderful trip as a family. It’s been a 10 months but I am bubbly with gratefulness and told many acquaintances including airline staff my transplant story. Thank you for your kind thoughts!🙏

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  10. lorieb says:

    awesome, family trips are the best! My family went to Hawaii shortly after my father passed away. He made me promise him that I would get away on his dime after I was his primary care giver, allowing him to stay in his home during his last few months. We too saw whales up close and personal, what an experience!

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