Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gratitude

We are still trying to get life organized and running smooth. I never thought a few weeks ago that such a curve ball would be thrown at us but we are taking it one step at a time.

Once again we have been consumed with kindness by family and friends. There have been meals brought in by our neighbors and my awesome cousins. Remember them? I know, they were at it again even with a diabetic cookbook! Great friends have come over and convinced us to take a break. I never knew how much a trip to the mall, some cute house slippers and some yummy desert at a local restaurant could really help the soul. Our family has been amazing too! They have been trying to learn more about Diabetes and have even been almost as obsessed as I am with counting carbs. I loved it today when my sister called me from the grocery store to tell me how many carbs where in a package of Smarties. (6 in case anyone cares) We have received so many emails, phone calls, visits, hugs and more that bring me to tears every time.

I have been wearing my emotions right on my sleeve, and I can't stop the tears from coming most of the time. I received a phone call from our Pediatrician today that even that brought me to tears. My Princess climbed up on my lap and asked me why I have been crying so much lately. I responded with all that I could think of "I am crying because in everything I do and everything that I see, the Lord is right there with me. I am not alone." I told her. " Can you feel His help when you have to do something hard?" "Yes." She replied. "Well Mommy feels grateful for his help. It makes me happy to have him here with me."

I may be really stressed and tired, but I am filled to the brim with gratitude.

I am humbled.

As for her, I have been saying since she was born that there is something special about her. Stay tuned for a story about something that she did while she was in the hospital. She is amazing you guys. She has taught me so much!

8 comments:

Carolina said...

Hooray for supportive friends and family! I'm glad your family is being taken care of.

Holly | Reed Photographic said...

Glad to see you posting again and that things are going well.

Maureena said...

I popped popcorn yesterday and your mom asked me if I knew how many carbs were in popcorn!

Your family is really the best and you are amazing! Good luck with everything!

Sandra Miller said...

Shannon, I'm so sorry to hear of your daughter's diagnosis-- if you have questions or just want to talk, please feel free to email me at any time.

The early weeks and months after diagnosis are so hard, but believe me-- it will get better.

Sandra

p.s. Thank you for the kind comment you posted about my son's video.

I think he's pretty amazing, too.

suefoutz said...

Thanks for the pictures, I was so sad when I saw them on my doorstep and knew that I had missed you. I am sure you are supper busy right now. Just know that we love you.

Nicole P said...

Hello Shannon,

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's diagnosis, but I'm so glad you have the support of your family and friends - and your faith to guide you.

If you are interested this is another great site/resource for parents of kids with type1:

www.type1parents.org

All the Best - Nicole

Jill said...

Shannon,
My daughter Kacey was diagnosed back in July and I just wanted to let you know this post brought me to tears. I remember Kacey asking me why I couldn't stop crying and we used to call them "Mommy Meltdowns" and I too used the Lord as my reference. He will never leave your side and He is there every step of the way...even though sometimes we doubt it! My email is mom2knkc@inna.net if you ever want to talk :) I can honestly say "I DO know how you feel!" Stay stong...it does get easier!

**HUGS**
http://diabetes-sweeties.blogspot.com/

P.S. I will add you to my blog roll :)

Jill said...

BTW...For what its worth...3 packs of Smarties are great for a low (15 carbs in 15 minutes and retest!) Also... those mini packs of Skittles are great too ;)