I have so much to share and so much to say (perhaps I should refrain from the latter), yet before I dive into the weeks since our month follow up visit in Houston, I had to share this brief interlude of today’s experience(s). In many ways, this brief post may capture the intensity, yet simpleness of the days since finding out that Andrew was indeed in remission and given the green light to go ahead and enjoy life until March, when the next set of scans are ordered.



First, I woke up with Langie snuggled in next to me. The days are long since passed that I even hear/feel her come in during the night and fewer and farther between, so its always such a special treat to smell her and hear her breathing when I stir. I truly felt deeply thankful for having her beside me as I quietly snuck out of bed to start the morning.


Secondly, today, the “Values” email that graces my inbox each morning was for “Gratitude” and here is the quote:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

-Melody Beattie


Then today, I was graced with three absolutely delightful emails of love and appreciation and thankfulness – gratitude from others. What a TREAT. 


The first came from a school administrator, who I also call a friend:

“I truly appreciate you!”


The second came from a dear friend from afar:

“I am missing you. Live Strong.”


The third arrived on my phone while I watched Chasie’s swim practice. I was feeling very emotional and I had a knot in my throat. Perhaps a knot for deep gratitude, perhaps a knot of deep sadness, perhaps a knot just ready to receive…it simply said:

“I love you”


I am humbled and I am filled with rich and real and true GRATITUDE.

Tomorrow, I am dedicating some of my day to expressing MY gratitude for the many, many blessings that hug and hold us, day to day. 





3 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Thank you for sharing your journey with me. I continue to be in awe of your ability to reflect on life’s little details… details that in our hurried world I often miss. Sending big love your way. eliza

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