Thursday, November 24, 2011


I swear I really have meant to post in detail many of things I am thankful for. My week has been crazy, though. I kind of expected life to slow down once treatment was over, and in many ways it has. But I no longer am forced to take off days at a time, with little to do but read and write.

I just put up a post I wrote on Sunday, but have been meaning to edit. Based on how things are going, the editing seems ulikely, so there you have it. I have so many more things to be grateful for, and I wanted to list a few things here. Each one deserves its very own post, but I may never get around to them. So here we go!

I am thankful for my life. I love this world and all that I can see and do.

I am thankful that Steven has survived this year. I appreciate all of my kids more because I am seeing first hand how precious they are and how precarious life can be.

I am thankful for the doctors, nurses, therapists, techs--everyone who has been involved in Steven's care. Everyone has been so capable and caring. I am thankful for Steven's pediatrician who found the cancer at once and for a hospital that could get his diagnosis and treatment started immediately.

I am so grateful for Shriners hospital. I need to do a whole post about this, but what an amazing organization that is dedicated to helping kids walk. I can't even tell you what a blessing it is to have a Shriners here in Salt Lake and to be able to work with them regularly to get Steven better.

I am grateful for my little house. There have been times when I am tempted to feel sorry for myself as we squish together in our little rental home, but this house is a huge part of why we survived this last year financially and I am glad we are here.

I am grateful for Rob who helps with dishes and kids on top of all his other responsibilities. He is very patient with me--with his level headedness, I know my emotional breakdowns can be pretty alarming. But he has been so patient with me.

I am grateful for all the people who have helped us through this year. So many people have very generously and thoughtfully helped us when we needed it most. I can't even tell you how much your help, encouragement and prayers have meant to us.

I could keep going, but it's time to work on the rolls and get the feast started! What a beautiful, sunny, perfect day. I really think this is my favorite holiday of all. Happy thanksgiving!

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