Friday, November 29, 2013

Thankful (Thanksgiving).

We were able to attend the (almost) annual Van Patter/Guthmann Thanksgiving in Waxhaw this year. [Our two families have been spending the holiday together since Michael and I were teenagers.]
We knew that it was a bit of a gamble to go since Watts was two doses into his steroid week, but it seemed worth it to make our first trek to Charlotte in over half of a year. We were just there for the day, but we are so glad we went! We were also able to see a number of my aunts and uncles and my Gramma Shirley and Grampa Ed. Such a gift.

Watts made it till about 5 or 6pm yesterday before he started falling apart and we scooted back to Greensboro. The steroids have since taken our sweet boy over and have made him miserable. Today he has spent the morning crying and clinging to us; one moment he will stare off into space blankly, the next moment he will be screaming and clinching his fists till his whole body shakes. Nasty stuff, those steroids.

Needless to say, it is rough on him and rough on Piper, Michael and me. We have 6 doses left then we will get a three week break. Hallelujah.


We have much to be thankful for this year... that goes without saying, really. Our hearts are full (and really tired, but that's another story).

This year in particular I am thankful for:

The past 6 months with Watts. 
Each day is a gift, I am realizing, and my son is a fighter.

A resilient, vivacious, stubborn, and hilarious daughter. 
There are not enough words to describe this girl... or my love for her.

My husband. I wouldn't want to be doing life with anyone else.

Friends and family who have supported us through thick and thin. 
And there's been a lot of "thin" lately. What a gift to be a part of community.

Mama/Gigi. She has given many, many days to us over the last 6 months to help with Piper 
(and cook, clean, unpack, etc.).  The consistency for Piper and the peace of mind for us has been simply invaluable. Thanks, Mama!

The Lord. He has sustained us step by step.

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