Thursday, November 5, 2009

What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

I will never forget last January 4th. My family and I were watching a movie in our living room, when halfway through it felt as though he was tapping my arm trying to get my attention. As I gazed down to answer what I though was going to be a simple question such as, "Can I get a drink of water", I instead saw my precious little blonde haired, blued boy flailing, with his eyes rolling back in his head. Seconds seemed like hours and in that moment I knew that our life was about to change. All these months later and it still seems so very surreal.

Our life did indeed forever change that week, as our Seth went onto have three seizures in less than four days and we finally received a diagnosis of "Benign Rolandic Epilepsy". As I go back and read through my old blog posts and look at the pictures of my son I am forever thankful for God's faithfulness.

Seth's life "is" different. He now takes anti-seizure meds twice a day, but there has not been one single seizure since he began his medication. I now can look back and see all the things I am forever thankful for...,

I am thankful that Seth was sitting on my lap, wrapped in a blanket and not riding his bike!

I am thankful that my husband was off work and there with me.

I am thankful that the paramedic who was on scene and rode with us to the hospital was a pastor and encouraged me in my faith.

I am thankful that we live five minutes from one of the greatest children's hospitals in our state.

I am thankful to my church and homeschool community who took care of meals for our family so we could focus completely on our child.

I am thankful to all of our friends who came to the hospital, hung out and played board games.

Simply put, I am thankful that Seth is fine.

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching I find myself going back this year and looking at all the things I am most thankful for. Not only is our Seth doing well with his seizures, my dad is now cancer free after battling colon cancer, my husband has a job in this very difficult economy, my 13 year old son with a learning difference is really reading thanks to Time4Learning, my 18 year old son is graduating and I am so very thankful that I was able to be with him through his entire educational journey. The list could go on and on.

I know that there are many things that can cause us fear and frustration in our day to day lives, but what I love most about Thanksgiving is that, it is a holiday that gives us a chance to pause and think about what is good.

What are YOU thankful for this year?

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