30 Days of Thanksgiving
Day 16-29, 2012: Oh my, I haven't done very well with my daily posting! (But rest assured I have focused on what I am thankful for and spent more time IRL on that than in the virtual world sharing about it!) It has been a crazy, busy month and I think this morning is the 1st time I have felt I had time to sit down and share.
This year, I am acutely aware of how much I am thankful for my youngest DS. We started this year not knowing what the future held for him (not that we know that now...but you know what I mean!) If you don't know the back story you may want to start reading HERE In the last 12 months I have witnessed his very close brush with death and more seizures. Then walked with him down the path through some scary months of doctor's visits, tests and a major lifestyle change. It hasn't been easy, but honestly, it hasn't been hard. When faced with a very somber reality and what possibilities it brings into your life, it is amazing what strength God gives you to change. I don't know that I have slept through the night in over 10 months but I don't resent that...I am so thankful to have the opportunity to check up on an alive, sleeping child.
There have been some very poignant moments of thanks where he is concerned this past year, some of them big and some of them small, but none insignificant. When he walked on stage to perform at his piano recital, I sent up prayers of thanksgiving that he was fully functioning. When baseball season rolled around, I was astounded that we found ourselves sitting on the bleachers...there were many months that we didn't think that would ever happen again and I was in tears of thanksgiving. When Mother's Day rolled around and he was there.... I felt thankfulness beyond compare. During the summer days spent swimming in the pool...I was thankful for each and every moment. When flag football season started and I got to see him take up his spot at quarterback I felt thankfulness that was overwhelming.
The last few months have clarified so much in my heart and mind and put life in a perspective that I "knew" but had never had to live with each of my children. Considering how much I know now about what we are dealing with ...seizure disorders...Epilepsy....I am so very aware of how blessed we are. I have met so many families that are carrying a much heavier burden and that gives me pause for gratitude daily. So, I thank God every single day for my children and husband because I know, without a shadow of a doubt, HE is the reason I am blessed to share life with them.
I know that even though my 30 Days of Thanksgiving posting was not as consistent as I had planned, I am still very filled with gratitude for all the blessings in my life each day....and for a Savior who made it so.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
`~Thomas Ken, The Common Doxology