Do I EVER have things to be thankful about this Thankful Thursday!
First and foremost, to my wonderful husband, Roger, who kept the home fires burning, made sure Kelli and I ate, chauffered us to the hospital when we were too tired to drive and just made it possible to get through these past two weeks. Everyone needs a Roger in their lives, but find your own, please. :-)
And then there are friends...Hallie who blogged for me, Kim-D and Laura who were willing to simply listen on the other end of the phone when I blathered and blithered, Stephanie who left me phone messages that were so uplifting, Alice, Katie, JoJo, and the rest of my faithful blogger family who were blessed with the words to write to keep me lifted up for one more minute, to give me the strength to make one more decision.
And God...You kept me going in the wee hours, provided me the words to say to a scared, miserable child and knew the words I wanted to pray before I prayed them. You are an awesome God!
Kelli, who dropped everything when she heard her sister was in the hospital and moved herself and two dachsies up to our apartment to do what was needed. There were times I got so exhausted that she would take over and sit with her sister and listen to the doctors/nurses remarks and bring the info home to me.
Michael who took emergency leave when he heard his sister was having surgery and when Kiereney woke up from surgery was the first face she saw and greeted her with a brown bear, pink carnations and his smile.
To the phenomenal, overworked, underpaid and talented nurses who cared for our whole family at St. Elizabeth's. Your knowledge was ours for the asking. Your skills and kindesses will never be forgotten.
There were times when I did not see Kiereney or me coming out the other side of this minicrisis. Things happened so fast and furiously and I had to help her make a whole lot of decisions based on gut and instinct and prayed that I was right. They say the more something is exposed to fire, the harder it becomes. I am still sorting out the pieces of these last 2 weeks and trying to get them in order in my mind. We did not make it through this on our own...we made it with fabulous friends, determined doctors and a gracious God and without any of these, we would have failed miserably. You helped us stand up to the fire and we are strong people because of it.
Never, ever, ever, EVER doubt the power of heartfelt words left in a comment on a blog. They may seem trite and trivial to you, but to the person who reads them, they are the lifeline, the rope, the hand that enables you to make it through the moment. You all got me through so many moments that I don't have the words to adequately express my thanks. I will share with you that in the wee hours of the morning when Kiereney's pain was bad and she was in tears and without hope she would say, "Mommy your blog friends will get us through this. I know they love us enough."
And I totally agree.
Have a thoughtful, thankful Thursday!
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