Friday, February 6, 2009

Feeling Thankful!

Yesterday I made a visit to one of the hospitals that Gavin has spent many a day and night at. Thankfully this time around it was to go to visit my cousin's beautiful new baby daughter! She is so precious! I love babies! Anyway, it was a weird experience for me walking through those halls again. I started to feel really anxious as we drove through the parking structure, that I drove into so many mornings and evenings while Gavin was hospitalized. All these memories came flooding back as I walked those halls and smelled all the familiar smells. I've been back a couple of times for outpatient visits for Gavin and to drop off our Christmas bags that we made up for the patients, but otherwise it's been a long time since I've had to make that trek.

It wasn't a good feeling at all, but I was so relieved to be there for a joyous occasion this time around! I kept saying to myself, "Thank You God! Thank You that we haven't had to be here for over a year and that Gavin has been as healthy as he has been! THANK YOU!" I was feeling very grateful, that's for sure!

Having to spend a long period of time caring for a child or loved one, in the hospital, is so very tiring! It is such an emotional time and ages you beyond belief! It breaks my heart knowing that there are so many having to do this right now! If you know of anyone going through a time such as this, please be extra kind to this person and support them the best that you can. God gets us through, but having others around to show you love and care is so tangible and helpful! We were blessed with many helping hands throughout Gavin's many hospitalizations and I really don't think we could have done so well without this love and support! So, THANK YOU again to those of you who supported us through those trying days!!!

I don't know what the future holds for Gavin. I know that he will likely spend more days in the hospital, due to his heart and lung conditions, but today I'm feeling VERY THANKFUL to be hangin' out here at home with him! Our days aren't always easy, but they sure are easier when spent at home with this little guy!




"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

9 comments:

Annette Gysen said...

It's interesting how you describe your reaction to going back to the hospital, because I still get those suffocating feelings when I have to go for some reason. In fact, we spent so much time at the old Metro, that I was kind of glad when they tore it down.

I'm so glad God is blessing Gavin and all of you with a season of health that's good enough to keep him out of the hospital. We'll keep praying it continues!

Lacey said...

Look at him lounging around. So cute.

Princess Abigail said...

I loathe going back to hospital. Every time I go back, I get a pending sense of doom and have a hard time battling with the gloominess the whole place conjurs up ... the sense of anxiety which won't go away ...

What a cool dood lying there in his Master Seat! He looks like a Greek God - all thats missing are the grapes!!!

Princess Abigail said...

I loathe going back to hospital. Every time I go back, I get a pending sense of doom and have a hard time battling with the gloominess the whole place conjurs up ... the sense of anxiety which won't go away ...

What a cool dood lying there in his Master Seat! He looks like a Greek God - all thats missing are the grapes!!!

Cindy said...

I don't think our memories of times in the hospital because of our los will ever disapear. Remembering them struggeling is truely one of the most difficult things a parent has to witness. It is awesome to have the days that they are healthy! It is so much more to celebrate!

I love the pictures that you have shared. The ones in his new seat really show how much he is enjoying it!

God Bless!

Heather said...

Well,you know our thoughts on hospitals!!!And Gavin,look at you ... just hanging out ...cute as could be.At home.The best place to be.We are so very thankful you are ther as well.

Little Miss E said...

He looks mighty relaxed! What a cute picture!

Lacey said...

Theres an award for you on my blog.

Inspired said...

LOVE this picture!

Lily is pretty precious if I do say so myself.

I also thought of you as I walked through the hallway as the last time I was there was visiting you guys. I can't imagine what it feels like for you.

Love,
Julie