Chris told me that my last entry for this blog was a bit of a downer–too much of a downer for what, he says, has been a fairly uplifting blog. Chris would never tell me such a thing unless he really believed it. Chris, like Ethan, is a bit of my “true north,” helping to point me in the right direction. Both have strong intuitive souls, but Chris has the wisdom of the years added to that intuition and oh how I value his opinion and views.
So on this lovely Mother’s Day, I have decided to write one more ending for this blog about motherhood, with one last gratitude list because I indeed have so very much to be grateful for in this life of mine and as a mother. I am grateful that:
- Chris insisted on a second opinion for Ethan’s epilepsy diagnosis.
- Ethan’s stay in the hospital (as difficult as it was) and second opinion, led us to an opinion by an epileptologist that Ethan does not have epilepsy (he does have a condition tied to his heart, blood pressure, circulatory system–but much less devastating than the epilepsy diagnosis).
- Ethan was able to go off the horrible, brain-altering medications that he had been placed on for 6 weeks this past spring.
- Josh went nearly a full year without a cold. This is a MAJOR miracle given the amount of sickness he had last year. Thus, he had his first real cold this year just 2 weeks shy of the year anniversary of his ear surgery. We were praying for as much time as possible for the ear to heal before an influx of fluid and pressure hit it. All of you who have had preschoolers will understand just how amazing it is to have such a lengthy cold-free stretch.
- The ear surgery restored Josh’s hearing in his right ear to a level where he no longer requires a hearing aid in that ear and his language development has just exploded this year.
- The perforation in his ear drum post surgery appears to have healed itself.
- Josh is sleeping much better these days and thankfully, so are the rest of us.
- Just two weeks until Hannah comes home from her study abroad in Japan and it has really gone smoothly.
- Hannah has seemed very happy and content during her time abroad.
- My older children both have such kind, interesting, honorable, upright friends in their lives.
- I get to be married to my best friend.
- I feel myself moving towards a place of beauty and passion not yet before experienced in my life. The wisdom of age is a blessed thing.
- Right here, right now, right where I am–I am content. All is well with my soul.