Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have three things for you today. A cute video of the kids wishing you all a happy thanksgiving, an awesome link that I found on Gina's blog, and a list of what I'm thankful for this year. I hope everyone takes some time out today from feasting and football to reflect on what you have to be thankful for this year!

Look at you Now!
This link is to a youtube video that was made at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. In the spirit of the video here is a look back at Drew four and a half years ago:

And this is him now!

Finally, my list of things I am thankful for. I found my list from last year and thought it was pretty well said, so I'm copying it here and adding a few things.

I am thankful for the time I have with my kids. They are both full of energy, learning so much and so funny! They are both healthy. They are both happy. They are both adorable. I get to stay home and take care of them. I am so lucky.

I am thankful that I have a husband who loves and supports me even when I think I'm not very loveable. He is my safe place. We have fun together. We work hard together. We are a good team. I am so lucky.

I am thankful that we made it through another heart surgery, that we all came out of it a little stronger and bonded a little closer. I am thankful that Drew has more energy than he's ever had in his life, he can run and play and is pink! I am thankful that he may never need another surgery again.

I am thankful for my God, who loves me more than I can understand and is in control of everything. I know that I am learning and growing through my struggles and that my faith is being strengthened. I know that God will redeem my every sorrow. I know that he walks with me through it all. I am so lucky.

I am thankful for my parents who made sacrifices to give me every opportunity. I appreciate the rules they made and the lessons they taught me. They continue to sacrifice, worry about me and love me to this day. They have shown me by example what it means to sacrifice for your children and to love unconditionally. I am so lucky.

I am thankful for my friends. For the friends who can listen to me cry, the ones who can point out the postives, the ones that I can dance with all night long, the ones that I can shop with, the ones that I can just watch TV with, the ones that I can support, the ones who pray for me and the ones who have known me forever. I am so lucky.

I am thankful that we have everything we need. Including good health insurance (a big AMEN!), a perfect house for our little family to live in, enough food to eat, our health, each other. I am thankful for all the wonderful doctors , nurses, therapists, and other heart families we have met.

I am thankful for antibiotics and versed, the heart-lung machine, and Dr. Hanley!


Anonymous said...

I am also Thankful for Dr. Hanley and all the amazing people that have been key instruments in Drew's success. He is an amazing boy and I am so happy and thankful that he is running around and full of energy.

I am thankful for our friendship. I was looking at your list of gratitude and thought about how neat it is that I can cry with you and have some of the best memories of my life too!

With love,

Jennifer Herring said...

What a wonderful list!

kate said...

it's been a day, you know? and i just watched that video that you linked to; it was lovely! i like it when you list your thankfuls; it makes me say "hey! i'm a tv watching friend!" :-P thank you for letting me cry at you today; i'm thankful for you!!

Laura said...

i'm thankful that after 17 years (18 years???), you and i are still friends. i'm also thankful that you have such cute kids. and for chocolate. :)

The Portas said...

Awwww, this was a tear-jerker post. The video made my heart melt, the Then/Now pics brought a tear to my eye and your List of Thanks brought a few more. Thanks for sharing these. I am thankful for YOU and all of the prayers you have said for our family and for other families who need prayer. Thanks for being a faithful friend and follower! I'm blessed to e-know your beautiful family.

I can't wait to hear about Disneyland! I bet Drew just had a blast..xoxo