How can you not love this girl?!
There's no way I can focus on just one area of thankfulness this week! After all, it is Thanksgiving! I'm just going to list a bunch in no particular order.
I am thankful that...
First of all, Abby is with us! There was a time when that was uncertain, so every second we have with her is a miracle!
She is actually able to be off of the vent for 4 hours at a time. She's not completely vent-dependent.
I have been able to connect with Tara and Reagan, two CCMS moms who understand what we're going through.
We have so many family and friends who have been absolutely amazing and supportive of us through all of this.
RMH has been such a blessing to us and that we have met so many wonderful people here.
My sister has so faithfully watched Caleb and provided him with stability.
We are able to be together as a family on the weekends.
There are so many wonderful NICU nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and doctors who take great care of Abby.
We are even able to start talking about what things will look like when we bring Abby home. We weren't sure that day would come, and it's exciting (but scary!) to even think about it!
Keeping it Real: I know that I write a lot about choosing joy and how thankful we are for everything. And we do, and we are. However, that does not mean that we are perfect with it! There are many, many times when I have asked the why me question. I have shed enough tears to fill the Bay, and I still struggle with wondering why other people who don't even want their babies have the healthy ones.
It's just that we know for certain that God is and will continue to use Abby's life in awesome ways. So we can choose to be angry and bitter, or we can choose to be thankful and joyous. Most of the time, we choose joy. That's not to say that we don't sometimes choose bitterness! But we try to choose joy.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!