Sunday, March 16, 2008

Grains of Gratitude

I'm not going to lie, I wasn't feeling much like posting this tonight. But, as I sat here thinking, I realized that despite the utter chaos our lives are in right now, I do have much to be grateful for. I have come to realize in my life that focusing on my blessings can make the difficult things seem smaller. So, here goes....

1. I am grateful that Brent and I are married. I can't tell you how much that man means to me. There simply aren't words. He is my soul mate, my best friend and my eternal companion. He is the greatest Daddy to these beautiful kiddos of ours. He is committed, compassionate and simply incredible. I can't imagine doing any of this -- the good and the bad -- with anyone else.

2. I am grateful that Tyler is receiving such wonderful care. He is in a fantastic hospital with a wonderful team of doctors and nurses caring for him. I have no doubt that he is in the best place he could be.

3. I am grateful that we live within five minutes of the hospital. I have met several families who live long distances from here and have to sacrifice so much to be with their child. What a blessing it is that we are so close and that we can both be involved with Tyler's care.

4. I am grateful that my mom has been here to help out. She has been here for a week and will be here until next Sunday. I so wish her visit were under different circumstances but it is such a blessing that she is able to be here now, helping with the kids, etc.

5. I am grateful that I have been able to spend time with Emmalee and Nathaniel each day. I miss them so much when I am at the hospital and it has been nice that I get to go home each evening and spend time with them. Plus I stayed home all weekend and it was great to be home with them.

6. I am grateful that we are half-way through this month of in-patient treatment.

7. I am especially grateful for Tyler. There simply aren't words to describe how incredible he is. He is strong in ways I can't even comprehend. He loves unconditionally and even through all of this, his perfect spirit shines through. It is an incredible privilege to be his mommy.

8. I am grateful to all of our family and friends for your prayers, love, support, cards, emails, phone calls, gifts, visits, meals....the list goes on. There is simply no way we could get through this without all of you!


Sustenance Scout said...

SO glad you're near the hospital, Jodie. I'd wondered about that. I'm from Syracuse and appreciate that you're at one of the best hospital arounds. Rochester rocks. Hugs from (slightly snowy today) Denver, K.

Mels said...

Our prayers and thoughts continue with your little family. I really appreciated your grains of gratitude...amazing how our perspectives change when we count those blessings. You have one incredible family. We send you all our love.

Paulette said...

Our continued love, hopes and prayers to your family..

Michelle said...

I imagine it was hard to consider doing a gratitude list during this time- but look at all you were able to come up with! That is a blessing that you live so close to the hospital!

Continued prayers for Tyler.

Pam said...

Those are some wonderful things to be thankful for!!

I wish we lived 5 min away from the hospital. I miss my kids when we are there.

Love you guys....

Pam and Rhett