Thanksgiving 2013

November 28, 2013
I have always loved Thanksgiving for the obvious reasons.

The family, the food, the fun.

I have never been one to dwell on all of my blessings on Thanksgiving.

I know, that’s strange. That’s what this holiday is all about. I think I’m always just so caught up in the festivities, and the cooking that I don’t take the time to sit and be thankful for everything.

This Thanksgiving is different, though. This Thanksgiving, my heart is full.
Sitting in my daddy’s hospital room this last week, I had a lot of time to think. Think about what could have been, how life could have changed so drastically. How my whole world could have been shattered in an instant had something gone wrong with his surgery.

But it didn’t.

I had time to think about what could have happened had the surgeon, in a moment of absentminded-ness made a devastating mistake. Could have damaged my dad’s delicate heart and caused too much trauma.

But he didn’t.

I had time to think about what could have happened had his nurses or doctors not taken their time with him. Not paid attention to his needs and properly cared for him, and heaven forbid had he gotten sick.

But he didn’t.

In fact, everyday he got stronger. Everyday was less of a struggle, and everyday I had something new to be thankful for.

I am thankful for modern medicine.
I am thankful for nurses and doctors that sacrifice their time and energy to help others.
I am thankful for answered prayers.
I am thankful for caring family and friends.
I am thankful for the best mother-in-law, checking up daily on my family.
I am thankful for my sweet sister-in-law, Jennifer who drug two kids to a hospital that isn’t even near her house to bring my mom and I a warm homemade meal. The only homemade meal we had eaten in a week.
I am thankful for my amazing, incredible and caring husband who so selflessly encouraged me to go home and care for my Dad, knowing full well that meant he would go to sleep alone every night for over a week in California.
I am thankful for my Mom, and her faith. She was a rock in my weak moments.
I am thankful for the love my parents so obviously have one for another.
I am thankful that my Dad gets to become a grandpa, and hold his first grand baby in a few short weeks, something he has been anxiously awaiting and extremely excited for. I am thankful that he is recovering, and getting stronger daily. I am thankful for the many more years I now get to spend with him. I am thankful that he is now lying in his chair, at home, just feet away from me.

I am thankful for him, and the incredible father he has always been to me.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family.
I love you all!

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