Thursday, February 21, 2008

Reality Check

As I mope and complain about how tough things have been around here lately with illnesses, I have to stop and think about those who would give anything to just be at home with their kids right now. As I write this, I am thinking about Baby Blake and Ava - two kiddos with Williams syndrome who are currently in the hospital and have been for some time. Ava is very sick, Blake is fighting for his life, and it hits me hard with a dose of reality. It reminds me that I need to take a step back and count my blessings, not my woes. To hug, love, and kiss my kids even when I am fatigued, and thank God that we are (relatively) healthy. That Simon is slowly getting better and did not end up in the hospital. That Clare has gone five months without needing a cath. That Jamie is running around, playing, and being his normal bundle of energy. I say a special prayer tonight for those two children and offer my challenges, frustrations, and worries of the day as a sacrifice to them.

5 comments:

Katie said...

I dont know whats going on around here at the moment, so many of the precious children we know are ill.
I too am so thankful for the blessings i have, I hope your family are all well again soon and everyone is in my prayers.
xxoo

Penny said...

Amen

Julie said...

Amen

Michelle, Tim, Aidan & Ari said...

AMEN!

Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear Simon is getting better! I will keep Blake and Ava in my prayers as well. It is so true, with everything going on here, I still have 2 beautiful health little girls! Sometimes it takes hearing something like this to really put things in perspective. I think about when Alex was going through all the testing, before we found out about the FMF, and remember the heart wrenching fear when they told me they were testing for Lukemia. I thank God daily that was not the case. If I start feeling sorry for myself I think about all the good in my life; You, Shawn and the kids, Mom & Dad, Jasmine, Alex and Brian and realize I have more to be thankful for than I tend to focus on.
Love you all!
Auntie Becky