Wednesday, February 16, 2011
We are having a party.....and you are all invited!!!
Why are we having a party?
Because it's a new day, and EVERY day that the sun comes up is a day to celebrate!
Not enough reason for you?
OK, how about because I am feeling so much better, besides still feeling exhausted.....but who am I kidding, I feel tired pretty much every day! So, the fact that I am feeling tons better...that's a reason to celebrate right?!
Still not enough reason?
How about the fact that Gavin is OFF oxygen and smiling again?!
Yes, he is! His sats are great(for him)! And, he is sleeping well and is happy! He's still coughing lots, but we can handle "just" a cold, after what he's been through the last 2 weeks! He is feeling so much better and we feel like celebrating!
Oh..........and this is Gavin's and my 500th post of blogging!!!!!
This is the REAL reason for our party!
This blog was started on January 15, 2007. My sister started it for me on the day of Gavin's 1st open-heart surgery. She started it so that our family and friends could keep up with Gavin's progress, and so that they could send us messages of support while we were away at the hospital with him.
I didn't think that I would keep this blog going after Gavin was back home and doing well. But, life had a different plan for Gavin and our family.....and well.....although we believe Gavin is doing great these days(in Gavin terms), his life and health never really got to that "doing well phase" that we had expected it to get to. So, I kept on blogging about Gavin's health and trials and about our family's daily lives.....and along the way we met some great people who were going through similiar situations.
And, I can't even begin to tell you what a blessing blogging has been to me! The prayers that have been lifted up for our family have been so appreciated! The help that our family has received has been so needed, and we have been so humbled by the generosity that has been shown to us! Also, the friends that I now refer to as family, that we have met along this blogging journey have kept me afloat on those trying days...and have filled my heart when I felt like I was dying inside...and who have supported me like so many just aren't able to do, because they just don't or can't "get it" like some of us can!
I am so thankful for so many things in my life....and the friends that have supported me and my family, because of this wonderful world of blogging, is right up there with some of my biggest thanks in life!
Now you may be able to understand why we are having a PARTY!
I just had to celebrate this wonderful thing!
500 posts of: hard times, good times, whining, rejoicing, complaining, sharing, venting, praying for each other, laughing, giving thanks, learning, meeting great people, falling in love with such inspirational children, crying, joking, lifting up prayers, falling down and getting back up again, supporting, getting support, sharing the love of God, and LIVING!
WOW! I am in tears over here!
Thank you to all of you who have read, prayed, rejoiced, shared, and helped me along this road! I couldn't have done it without all of you! I truly thank God for you, and I look forward to sharing life with all of you in the days and years to come!
So, how are we planning to celebrate? Well, it's kind of hard to have a party when we are all over this planet.....but I guess we can all just smile and thank God for bringing us to one another, even if it's only through a computer screen!
I have a gift for someone who comments on this post.
*If you don't feel comfortable commenting publicly on this blog and want to comment by e-mail, that's OK too! (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on facebook, or even give us a call!* We just want to know who's out there and want to say thanks! :)
I want to give back just a tiny bit of what's been given to me and my family.
So, all you lurkers, who read but never comment, this is a great day to say Hi, and join in on the fun! I promise, we don't bite! :) And, we love to meet new people and know who is out there praying for Gavin!
One commenter is going to win a prize. It's nothing big, but I personally would like to receive this gift.
We are going to write down all of the names of people who comment on this post, onto pieces of paper, and we are going to draw a name from a bowl....and the winner will get:
A $25 gift card to Target! (I mean, who doesn't like to shop at Target?!)
We will also donate $25 to a charity of your choice!
(A charity that we approve of anyway.)
So, THANK YOU for 4 years of love, prayers, support and kindness! And, here's to 4 more years of getting to know each other, and to sharing our lives with one another!
Now.....get to commenting! And, Happy blogging! :)
"This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24