I hope you all had a safe New Year's Eve and that you all have a Healthy, wonderful & Happy 2009! I rang in the New Year quietly at home hoping that Mike and Katie would sleep through the fireworks going off outside of the house. 2008 was a tough year for me, from the miscarriage in April to Mike's diagnosis in September and those things tend to outdo the good things that came from this year.
So, I had seen this on one of the blogs that I read occasionally. I think its a great idea and wanted to focus on some thing in my life that I am thankful for.
A - Z Gratitude List!
A- Applesauce... for a while it was one of the only things Mike would eat! I don't know what we would have done without it! lol
B- Best friends...they are always there to make me feel better, listen and help me. They are more than friends, they are my family! and Bed Time!! lol thost few minutes of quiet children as they are falling asleep is such a peaceful time!
C- Cell Phones, Cheerios and Crock Pots!
D- DVDs and the boxes they came in... Mike's best friends! lol and the Doctors that went to school for all of those years that are helping Mike to fight the tumors...
E- E-mail a great way to keep in touch with family and friends
F- FAMILY & FRIENDS!! I have the best support system, they have been there for me every step of the way and are just the best! I have the most amazing and wonderful family and friends!
G- Glad Press & Seal!... it's been a Godsend for covering up the Emla cream that we need to put on the mediport area of Mike's chest so that he doesn't feel the access every week and doesn't adhere and irritate the skin like bandages or tape!! and of course, Google... a good friend yet at times it was a worst enemy...
H- Home!! & Heinz ketchup because Mike likes a little eggs with his ketchup!
I- Ice Cream... a great bedtime comfort snack! lol
J- Jokes... because sometimes I need a good laugh
K- Katie! :) No explanation necessary on this one! lol
L- Lenny's... wonderful NY Italian comfort food just a few minutes away in Howard Beach! lol
M- Mike! :) No explanation necessary on this one either!! lol
N- Nurses! Amazing, wonderful, angel nurses that work with Mike and the other kids in the PDH and put up with us crazy moms that ask 100s of questions! lol
O- Ocean... it's a sense of calming... when I get out by myself I just go down there to smell the salt air and to listen to the waves and it makes me feel a little better
P- Parents - they have been wonderful through all of this! I couldn't ask for a better support system... AND Portable DVD Players, Mike wore his out after 24 hours a day for 2 weeks during his stay at All Children's, it was a lifesaver for me and my mom when we were with him!
Q- Quiet time!... there is definitely not enough of it but the few minutes of it that I get are wonderful!
R- Reading! It takes me to another world, even if it's just for a few minutes. I don't mind that every once in a while these days!
S- Sisters! Again, no explanation necessary!! They are the best!
T- Television... see the same reason I have for reading! lol
U- Umbrellas... because I can't think of anything else that starts with a U! lol
V- Van that is mini... it makes Mike happy to see Mommy's blue car when we are leaving chemo... and it brings us home from the hospital every week! :)
W- Wine...because some days I just need it!!
X- Xanax... even though I haven't taken it, just knowing it's in the medicine cabinet is comforting! lol
Y- Yellow... because it's a cheery color
Z- Ziploc bags...for anyone with a child in diapers, you will know why!
So, there's my A to Z 2008 grateful list. May 2009 be a Helthy, Wonderful & Happy year for us all!!
Love & prayers to you all,
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Posted by Chrissie at 10:00 AM