Happy Thanksgiving!

This has been a hard year for our little family. I really feel like saying so does a disservice to That Baby’s birth and I truly hate that we all feel that way. Some day she will understand why 2014 is not going to be a year that goes down as one of the best for this family. She was truly the best thing that happened to us this year. So for that reason alone, it is important to focus on all that I have to be thankful for this year.


Box of Sunshine!

I am so very thankful for my two healthy loving little girls. I cannot imagine what the past few months would have been like without them to give me smiles and hugs and love just in that moment I need it the very most. That Baby is much too young to grasp what is going on and for that I am thankful. That Little Girl is an amazingly insightful old soul who has always shown that she cares and enjoys taking care of and loving others. This year has only shown me how truly pure and full of love her heart is. One day she will do something great to care for others, I am sure of that. Until then, I remain extremely grateful that they have each other and we have them.

That Guy and I are still local to our parents and much of our families, despite his best attempts to convince me to move far away over the years. How we could ever have gotten this far without them, I have no idea. My mom is our daily help, taking care of both me and the girls. My dad has taken time off of work to help with the girls, get me to appointments, and spend time with me at chemotherapy. That Guy’s parents took over outside the house chores for us over the summer and continued to help with leaves this fall.

I have had so many friends, old and new, go with me to chemotherapy treatments when That Guy or my dad haven’t gone. It has been so amazing to have a buddy each time. Other friends have reached out by text to check in on how my treatments are each and every week. I have never felt so loved and there was never a moment where I felt alone or scared during treatment sitting there alone. It breaks my heart to hear or see other patients come in alone and depressed. Someday I hope I can just go hang out at the infusion center and be everybody’s buddy. Until that day, I remain grateful for friends who do their best to let me know I am loved and thought about in a way that keeps lifting me back up when I am down.

In addition to texts and time, people have sent cards and packages. It never fails that when I am having a down day, something shows up. That Little Girl’s school has been incredible with all the teachers sending cards over the summer and continuing now during the year to reach out and check in. Today I received a box of Sunshine packed full of goodies, all yellow and bright, to bring some happiness into my day. I was super tired and had just woken up from a nap and was just having a not great day for the third day in a row or so. It was one of those days I literally can’t sit up or keep my eyes open.  Another moment where I fell asleep for several hours in the middle of the day after feeling sick for several days. To wake up and see the package, it was just perfect. So thankful for thoughtful people in my life who just know the right thing to do at the perfect time!

I am thankful for the obvious things this year. Health insurance for one! A home that we can call our own. Food on the table, especially the days that friends and family have brought us meals. A medical team, reaching beyond the oncologists office all the way to the pediatricians, who care for our family and make sure that we receive the attention we need.

And then there is That Guy. How this man is still standing, I really don’t know some days. I am generally asleep when he comes to bed and wake up as he leaves for work. He tries to be there to snuggle and still get all the work done. But there is only one of him. And there are three of us Girls. Plus a dog. And a job. And a house. And dinner. And errands. And he just keeps going. He is amazing. I am beyond thankful for all that he has done for me and the girls this year. I won’t say he does it all with a smile on his face, but most days I see one at some point. For that I am thankful.

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