Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thankful Thanksgiving

2014 for has been a wild year for our little family and when I reflect on everything, I am overwhelmingly grateful for so many things.

I'm grateful for our family and friends who have helped to carry us through this often traumatic year. The amount of love we've been shown is astounding and I am constantly humbled by the outpouring of support we receive. The methods may vary but at the core, it's people trying to make sure that Max, Jon, and I are doing okay and knowing there are people watching out for us has been so comforting during a year filled with so much house arrest and isolation. We may not have gotten to thank each of you individually but please know that this past year has been made possible through your support.

I'm incredibly grateful for Max's medical team. They've worked so hard with us to get Max to this point and their talent and vigilance continue to carry us forward.

There aren't adequate words to express how grateful I am to Max's heart donor and the donor's family. That family chose, in the midst of their own tragedy, to give our son the chance to live and that is something we can never even hope to repay or express how deeply grateful we are.

I'm extremely grateful for Jon, my husband, my love, my person, my best friend. I couldn't have made it through this year without him and Max and I are so lucky to have him. Jon is the single best person I know and he is the best dad Max could ever ask for.

Most of all, I'm thankful for Max. Today we got to spend our son's first Thanksgiving at home and today, while we ate pie and Max played the drums with spoons on his high chair tray, we got to just enjoy the holiday like normal people. I think I speak for both Jon and myself when I say that we didn't know it was possible to love someone this much. Max--this one's for you. You're the best thing that's ever happened to us and your strength and fight and continued good spirits are a daily inspiration to us. I have never been as happy as when I look at you and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be your mom. Max, we are so overcome with love for you and I only hope I can be the kind of mother you deserve to have.

I hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday full of turkey, pie, and lots of love :-)

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