Watching my kids discover the world and unlock their dreams is amazing. As they forge ahead, I will be lucky to witness and guide them as they breathe life into their passions, giving shape to their visions. These days, this means I will have a princess veterinarian and a singer/music teacher, so I can get all of my pet care, royal pampering, and concert fun in when I visit my girls. I won't be surprised if by next week Gwyn changes her mind, deciding to be a dinosaur tamer - that would be about her speed. To be privy to the innocent imagination of childhood; princesses, fairies, pirates, and Peter Pan makes me smile every day. Each stage of childhood is so special, I don't want to miss any piece of the puzzle. This job of a parent is much more tiring and trying at times than I ever imagined, yet at the same time, the most rewarding role I've ever had in my life.
I also frequently think of all the family, friends, and even strangers for their love and kindness they have extended to our family. We are so blessed to have so many people that care about us. For those of you that know me, it's tough for me to ask for help, let alone accept it, even if it is really just helping with the big kids while we are at the hospital. I have been overwhelmed with the amount of you who have offered their time if we ever needed as well as the emails, messages, and calls with support. While I've said it before, at the end of a difficult or discouraging day I often go back to your words which reassure me Nick and I are not alone in this, that even though we cannot do all we want or even see you, you understand and are still there for us. In this we are truly blessed.
And of course, I feel extremely blessed by the prayers for Cole.
Every night I think about how fortunate we are. We may not have everything we may want, but we have almost everything we need.