Sunday, November 16, 2008

Season of Thanks

The girls and I visited my Aunt Donna's church in Greenfield today. The sermon was about being thankful. I have always loved the month of November as it's the perfect time to reflect on the year and truly appreciate all that we have. So I've spent my day in that reflection, and would like to share a few things with you, in no particular order. I'm thankful for my family - and that truly does belong at the top of my list. I'm even thankful for waking up at 5:30 in the morning to Bailey and Josie arguing over who gets the most bathroom time or whose belt is whose, because that just means that they're healthy enough to fight. It does strangely warm my heart - I used to think that my girls just never fought because I was doing such a great job as a mom (Ha!). Only after Bailey fully recovered from her health struggles of the past 4 years did I begin to realize that she just didn't have the energy to fight and therefore no fun for Josie either. (I hope you're getting a little giggle out of this, because I certainly do. Of course it gets on my nerves on occasion - just like any mom would - but it still warms my heart.) Don't get me wrong - they don't fight all the time - I'm just trying to get the point across that life has calmed down enough for us lately that it's opened the door to normal sibling rivalry - and it's beautiful. I'm thankful for my best friends and for one particular tea parlor in Noblesville - The Ruby Pear. (Check it out!) I'm thankful for a year where only 2 nights were spent away from home and in the hospital. I'm thankful for our jobs. There are a lot of people out there losing theirs, and I'm just thankful for ours. I'm thankful for every single nurse and doctor at Riley. I'm thankful for Rissy's black eye and sore elbow - because injuries caused by falling down the stairs could have been much worse so I am, therefore, grateful for just a black eye and sore elbow.

I could go on and on and on. I wish you nothing but joy this Thanksgiving season. It's through the trying times that we see God's light. I'm thankful to God for the many lights that He has given our family. I'm very grateful to each and every one of you who has said a prayer for Bailey and our family over the years. God answers prayers and miracles do happen. Thank God!

Have a great Thanksgiving everybody! Good night.

Angie
P.S. Yesterday was the 1-year anniversary of Bailey's surgery. I don't believe there are even words to express gratitude for that.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to you, Angie, and to your family, for reminding us that we all need to occasionally "step back" from day-to-day annoyances, and larger world concerns, and give thanks for those people that we love, who are always near us, and whom we sometimes take for granted. I am thankful for friends, like Angie, who share their wisdom, and help to make me a better person. (It's a tough job, Angie, but you're up to it).

To everyone, a happy holiday season!
Love, Diane

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Annette said...

Hi Angie - it's Annette - Carmen gave me your website! I'm so glad things are going well for Bailey and the rest of your family! I think of you often and am glad I can come here and converse! I can't believe how "grown up" your girls are now - time does pass, doesn't it? I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season and that you all enjoy it together!!!!

Best wishes,
Annette :)

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann said...

Oh, how your light shines my Angie girl. I've told you many times that you are the bravest and most faithful chick I know and I love you beyond measure! It's been my honor to be your friend for 28 years. God gives us all more than we think we can handle, but by witnessing your example, we know all things are possible. We can't wait to see you and the girls for tea in December!

With thankfulness for you and all that your life holds...

Mary Ann

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bailey and Angie,

I haven't seen you since I stopped by in August. I hope all is well !!!! I heard you were in Riley shortly after my visit. I hope I wasn't bad luck, I enjoyed seeing all of you !!!!
It's the holiday season again, and I can't help but think about you during this time. I want to wish all of you a Happy Holiday season. We all have many things to be thankful for this year.
My hope for you , Bailey is that you continue to do well, and enjoy these great years of high school life. Angie, what can I say , you are one of the strongest people I know, I am impressed on how well you are able to handle these difficult situations. I hope you and all of your family can remain healthy, and free of any problems for many years to come.
All of you have gone through so much over the years, and I wish nothing but the best for the entire family. Take care, be safe, and enjoy life !!!!!!

Greg

4:02 PM  

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