What a wonderful year 2015 has been! I landed my dream job on a labor and deliver floor minutes from our home, Evelyn learned to walk and talk and bring more joy to our hearts than we ever dreamed imaginable, Steve found a job that he is happy in and is making strides to further his education, and we got engaged and married! But most importantly we are ending this year all in good health.
The day after Christmas mom got really sick and only got worse over the following days. After two trips to the ER and countless hours spent in waiting rooms we finally got some answers and found out she would need emergency surgery. Today she is two days post-op and I can happily say she is doing much better. She will be in the hospital for a few more days, but I have faith that she will continue to improve and have a smooth recovery.
This whole experience has really highlighted how easy it is to lose sight of how fortunate we are, especially in the midst of the holiday season. In the weeks leading up to Christmas the majority of my thoughts focused around how I was going to work, get my shopping done, make it a special Christmas for Evelyn, and how we were going to spread our time equally between all the family we have in town. As I sat in the waiting room while mom was in surgery that was going on 2 hours longer than what they told me to expect, none of that stuff mattered. All I could think about was how blessed we are to have just celebrated Christmas with the majority of our family still on Earth with us, that a lot of that family is in the same city as us, that we have homes to gather in, and how all I wanted was to have many more Christmas’ just like that.
Life can change instantaneously and all the best gifts in the world can’t replace the joy it is to watch your daughter giggle over tissue paper, the blessing it is to have parents around to share in that delight, the excitement on grandparents faces as they watch your child grow, the peace that fills the room of family gathered by a lit Christmas tree, and the blessing it is to have four generations together under the same roof.
As this year comes to a close I want to let all of our friends and family know how grateful we are for your presence in our life, you have certainly made many of our days brighter and have helped make this year unforgettable. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that has rallied around us this past week sending prayers and well wishes, spending time sitting with me and mom in the hospital, picking up shifts so I didn’t have to think about work, and texting back and forth with me at all hours of the day and night. It truly means more than you know.
Happy (almost) New Year everyone! I hope it brings us all happiness, peace, health, and open hearts to focus on the things that truly matter.
Until next year….