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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

There are no words to really explain

The post of my heart tonight is about my friends.

So many people have done the 24 days of Thankfulness challenge in honor of Thanksgiving.  I started a post listing my things… and it was erased… and I decided I just wasn't going to do one this week.  But… then I posted 2 videos and a photo. 
The videos are of Alexander eating.  You can view them HERE and HERE.  But they aren’t the focus of this post.  The video shots got all sorts likes, loves, and comments on Facebook.  Then my friends started chiming in on my photo.  I received an e-mail from an old high school friend. At just the right time.  Another high school classmate dropped everything twice to help me get my self dignity (A.K.A. hair done) back. Just today.. a new friend gave me a generous gift.  Not because of the monetary value –but because of the meaning behind this thoughtful gesture.

It is sort of a given that we should love our families.  I’m proud to say that I have a relationship with God.  You all probably realize that I am thankful for my kids and husband.  But… do you know that my friends are sort of a life force of their own?

I have been amazingly blessed to join 2 elite groups.  Yes, I call them elite.  One is to become a mother of 2 children who walk the wild side at the same exact time.  (Twins.) Many people would not care to be in these shoes – but the mothers who journey this path with me are amazing.  They know things about me that I sometimes can’t reveal to anyone else.
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I am also part of an ultra elite group of parents of children with a rare genetic syndrome.  When I have fears… I call them first. When I struggle, I know they will understand.  I felt pride knowing that I picked the right gift for a girl near and dear to my heart… who is turning 6 but … needs 6 year old interesting gifts that can be appropriate for a different developmental level.  Her mom and I?  We get each other.  I love that.
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My college roommate? I haven’t phoned in several weeks. Busy. But I love her. She dropped everything to come to the twins birthday party.  She is always there. Like no other.
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Most of the girls from my wedding… still on speed dial.  I need them.  I’m blessed with them.  The cheer us on.  They cry when I’m hurt.  They … are so amazing.
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Almost everyday at work – someone asks me, “How are things?  How is Alexander?”  How do people get such great colleagues?

I am thankful for my friends. Yes – I have other things I am thankful for also: church, family, Ray, Kids, etc.….

But today – I wanted to say to all of my friends… thank you.  There were over 100 phone, e-mail, text, and Facebook messages this past weekend.  Thank you….  I am Thankful For You.

And thank Shell… for the chance to link up!



At November 23, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Blogger championm2000 said...


Friends like that = something to be very thankful for!!

Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

At November 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

I am so very Thankful to call you friend! You are there for is just as much. I remember a phone call I got where you literally dropped everything because you thought I was in need. That makes my heart so happy that we are that type of Friend.
So Happy Thanksgiving my dear sweet amazing friend!

At November 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM , Blogger Anastasia said...

It's so great to have friends who are their when you need them!

At November 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM , Anonymous Bryan said...

My wife and I found out in April our nine-year old has t-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer. And when reading a story like yours it makes me thankful...I don't want to sound callous or uncaring, but we know Noah's prognosis looks good and you face a lifetime of uncertainty for your child. We will pray for you and your little one...thanks for sharing your story.

At November 23, 2011 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Melissa - I should have added my blogger friends. Support in the most amazing way.

At November 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

You don't sound callous at all. I wrote a post once, called Older Children Can be Scary. (I linked it at the bottom.) But - I was very open about sometimes I am thankful for our lives. I think it is totally normal. I know people who have grieved the loss of their children, and I don't mean it in a callous nature - but it helps me to be thankful every day for everything I have. I'm glad you found our blog. I hope you stop back in to check up on our little miracle - or follow along. I will keep Noah in my prayers also. Kristen

At November 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Rachel @ Totally Ovar It said...

Wow, it sounds like you have an AMAZING group of friends. So glad you have this support.

Visiting from PYHO.

At November 27, 2011 at 8:28 PM , Blogger Shell said...

How wonderful to have such great friends!


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