I could spend quite some time writing about my worries right now, and stresses, and fears. I really could. I could write about how Celiac Disease terrifies me and how my little boy almost died. But, as I was driving from ballet to Trader Joe’s I realized that even though I have that ginormous list of hard things that there are even more good and beautiful things in my life.
I want to see the good. It helps soothe the hurts.
So I looked.
So here’s my list of all the amazing things that I can give thanks for even in this last life changing week.
:: Samuel. Thank you for Samuel.
:: Amy. Thank you to my friend Amy for praying for Samuel. For sitting next to me. Listening.
:: Amy’s father in law — a pediatrician. Thank you for caring, listening, and loving Sam.
:: Amy’s pediatrician, who is now Samuel’s pediatrician. Thank you for telling me to go the hospital right away.
:: My nurses in the ER – Steph and Bonnie. Thank you for believing and fighting for Samuel.
:: Dr. Rhodes – for listening to me, admitting Samuel, and truly caring.
:: Dr. Aru – the GI Doc. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
:: Thank you for labs. Blood work. Medicine. How I forget to thank for these things.
:: Thank you to the lab techs who analyzed Samuel’s blood.
:: Thank you for all the toys donated to the 7th Floor Children’s Hospital Toy Room
:: Thank you for the volunteers who clean those toys.
:: Thank you to the Surgery Nurses, the Anesthesia Team and the volunteers.
:: Thank you to the doctor who smiled at me as they put me in scrubs in the surgery center. I needed his encouraging look.
:: Thank you to the anesthesia nurse, Beth, for caring for Samuel. Thank you for your hug.
:: Thank you to the receptionist at the Surgery Center for playing Christian Music. And for your smile and laughter in such a hard place.
:: Thank you for my friends. For the calls, and the emails, and the gifts.
:: Thank you for my tulips from my friend Lori. They make me smile.
:: Thank you to my blogging friends. Every SINGLE comment has meant the world to me.
:: Thank you even more for the PRAYERS. I am humbled.
:: Thank you to blogger for providing this platform.
:: Thank you for writing.
:: Thank you to the countless people who have emailed with advice and encouragement.
:: Thank you that the hospital served Starbucks coffee.
:: Thank you to my other children — Hannah, Chloe, Grace, Brennan, Caleb and Elijah for loving Samuel so much and for having patience as we transition our lives.
:: Thank you, Elijah, for guarding your wheat toast in the morning. Thanks for building the barricade and sounding your own sweet alarm when Sammy got close.
:: Thank you for vehicles that started in -21 degree temperature.
:: Thank you for facebook.
:: Thank you for peace even in the midst of worry.
:: Thank you for Trader Joes. For the employees who listen and really help. Who care.
:: Thank you for after hour care calls.
:: Thank you for the resources to buy new food, a new toaster, and new dishes for Samuel.
:: Thank you for all the manufacturers who make gluten free products.
:: Thank you for making gluten free food taste amazing.
:: Thank you to the Mayo Clinic lab techs who are right now examining Samuel’s biopsy.
:: Thank you for the ability to cope even with little sleep.
:: Thank you for hope even when my heart is heavy.
:: Thank you for joy even when there is sadness.
:: Thank you for the happiness it brings to watch Samuel eat.
:: Thank you for Larabars, and marsala lentil dip, and veggie chips and blueberries.
:: Thank you for Celiac support groups.
:: Thank you for dvr.
:: Thank you for insurance.
:: Thank you for my amazing parents. Supportive, caring and fighters.
:: Thank you for Philippians 4:12-13.
:: Thank you for always being true Jesus.
:: Thank you for wanting the children to come to you.
:: Thank you for creating Samuel, for caring for him, and loving him.
:: Thank you.
There is good in the midst of sorrow.
That is exactly what we are supposed to do. Look for the blessings. Great job!
What a beautiful post, Rachel. So full of hope and gratefulness – you encourage me. 🙂 Praying!
This is such an great post, and one that is very meaningful to me right now. Thank you!
He gives and He takes away, blessed be HIS name! What a beautiful post of thanks. Truly much to be thankful for. Thank you! Hope you can get some sleep tonight.
I’m sitting here reading this and the tears are flowing! That’s what happens when one mom reads the words of another mom. That’s what happens when both moms serve an awesome God!
Counting the blessings in the midst of the storm. Amen.
And thank you God for helping a hurting hurt turn to you in praise, so all of us can be ministered to and reminded of how to glorify you. And thank you Lord for helping her share her heart and take a walk in faith that she was not expecting. And for the glimpses of hope and courage that she is finally seeing in the distance. And Lord, make it always a testimony when Samuel’s story is told. Always a remembrance of your power through a young boy’s life.
And thank you for you, your transparency, your way of sharing the good, bad and the ugly of life…it’s real and it’s beautiful! It is truly a privilege to pray over you and your family…you’re amazing to watch from the sidelines of the blogosphere!
Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE Trader Joes!!!
This was a very inspiring, touching, beautiful post, Rachel. Sammy is still in my prayers as well as you and the rest of your family. 🙂
Praying you will feel comforted, peaceful and strengthened at this most difficult time. Praying Samuel will adjust and adapt with little problem. Blessings abundant to you!
You are such a testimony to the Lord’s goodness!!! Praising God with you for these blessings. Continuing to lift your precious family up in prayer. Xoxoxo!!!
I’m new to the blog and I do not know details but know I am praying for you and your family! God is faithful in every situation
That was beautiful. 😀 And Elijah… LOL what a little dear! 🙂
God bless you all some more! ;D
Beautiful! I love your thankful heart! Continued prayers!
Had to laugh at the Starbuck’s one…the Lord definitely provides, doesn’t He? And I guess in the grand scheme of things, if you’re going to have problems with wheat now is the time. There are so many more resources and foods available these days than there used to be. And if you can find anything that tastes good, well that shows they’ve come a long way!
Continuing to lift up prayers.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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what a grateful heart you have! i am
thankful for all those things for you,
Wow! You continue to inspire me Rachel. That’s a lot of thankfulness. I continue to pray for you and Samuel and your family. May God continue to richly bless you!
As a new poster, but old reader I wanted to tell you that my family is praying for yours and your strength is amazing
What a beautiful post. And Samuel is such a handsome little man even when sick in the hospital. This post is exactly why I’m in nursing school. Thank you!
I’m headed to church this morning, and am so glad I stopped by to check in. I am speechless…how beautiful your praise and gratitude are.
Oh Rachel…I am so glad you posted this, to remind each of us, that no matter how hard the road before us might be, we serve a God who is much, much bigger. Praying for your sweet Samuel, for your family as you make this transition, and for your poor, tired momma’s heart to always be reminded of His promises and His love.
As one mom of a chronically ill child to another, my heart goes out to you. The most difficult thing is knowing that you can’t “make it all better.” I love this post because it really keeps things focused on the Lord, and the positive side of every trial. Hugs to you and my prayers for your family.
And thank you for sharing…for being strong. He is so worthy of your praise…even when it’s hard. Still praying for you and Samuel and your family. So grateful that you have such a wonderful support system during this time…what a blessing.
I’m thankful for you and your blog–and that I found it! May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you tonight and bring you much peace. I’m still praying!
Precious little man…I just don’t have words…
Know that I’m always here praying!
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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The Lord placed each of these blessings in your midst so that you would praise Him… You have been faithful… You are a shining light for His glory even in the midst of trial…
This is beautiful… your heart is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Praying for Samuel and the rest of your family.
Oh, how your list must touch the heart of the Father. Brought tears to my eyes. Praying for you, your family, and definitely for your sweet, sweet Sam.
I say this to other bloggers so often, but it’s so true. I am so thankful we can pray for people we have never met, that we can know the Father hears our prayers and answers them.
Love and prayers,