I also wanted to write down a few things to capture my thoughts about our precious baby boy. The last week or so has been a real roller coaster. It is so easy to just sit and dwell on things, but I've really tried my best to focus on the good. We have a precious son that will join our family in 2012. I pray that no matter what his birth reveals that we just be thankful and supremely happy for the blessing his life will surely bring to our family.
Being the crazy internet researcher that I am, it's easy to search my way through hundreds of stories online and meet many families going through tough times. Mr. Man thinks I shouldn't stress myself out more by reading these stories, but in some ways it brings levity to our own situation. I realize that what we already have is more than others can dream. We are blessed with our precious, healthy daughter and we also pray that whatever happens with our son will only bring us closer.
If you're like me and sometimes need a reminder of everything we have to be thankful for, here are a few families I've been praying for recently. If you're like Mr. Man, don't read. :)
- Jenny Swett: An amazing, young mother that just recently passed from cancer. She has two young daughters. Her story of faith and courage has BEYOND inspired me. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jennyswett/mystory
- The Fitzgerald Family: I have been following this family's journey for many, many months. Their daughter, Saoirse, is very close in age to The Babe, and I couldn't help but feel for everything they've been through. When Saoirse was a tiny baby, her mom was diagnosed with lymphoma and just a few short months later Saoirse was diagnosed with cancer. Her mom is now in remission but they lost their sweet little girl this week. http://newmomnewcancer.blogspot.com/
- David: This family lives where I grew up in Southwest Virginia. Their youngest son, David, started his journey dealing with cancer one month ago today. Their family's commitment and faith is such an inspiration. http://sweetlifewithboys.blogspot.com/
- There are also other family and friends going through rough times right now that I pray for every night. I know they're also saying prayers for our family, too, and I have to say it's comforting knowing others are remembering us as we remember them. **Thanks, Lindsay! :)
So, as we all prepare to celebrate Christmas, I'm going to do my best to savor every moment and remember just how darn fortunate we are. I'm not going to focus on how 2011 brought us so many unexpected trials and tears... Instead, I'm going to say bring it on 2012. We're ready to handle whatever you bring our way. If we can demonstrate any of the grace, faith and courage that these other families have shown, I am not afraid.
Merry Christmas and many blessings from our family to yours!