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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope you were surrounded by loving family and friends, and that you were able to praise God for all His blessings.

Here are some that I'm thankful for...
...for Chris. He has been so faithful and true throughout our marriage. I've never had reason to doubt or distrust him.
...for my family. My parents, brother, and extended family are my support and lifeline. They pray daily for us, and I know they will be richly rewarded for their investment in our lives.
...great in-laws. Seriously, I couldn't ask for a better family. I appreciate their humor, commitment, and generosity.
...our new home. God has so richly blessed us with this beautiful house we now call home.
...my friends. Those of you who are my friends, know that I don't make friends easily or quickly, and that I take friendship very seriously. Your loyalty and steadfastness have made all the difference.
...my dog. She provides so much joy to us!
...my church family. They truly are like family to us. I know God has great plans for us as a body, and He is faithful!
...health. In spite of minor aches and pains, I thank God for his healing touch on both of us, and His protection.
...a good job. In fact, a job I love, which is so much more than I could ask for.
...a faithful God. Time and time again, He's proven Himself. When I've doubted, He's come through every time - not always how I think He should, but always perfectly.

If you've been following this blog, you know that Thanksgiving was when we were hoping to bring Daniel home with us. You also know that we found ourselves again, this Thanksgiving, without a child to love and care for. I'm believing that next Thanksgiving will be the first for us as parents, but EVEN if it's not - I KNOW that my God is faithful and has a plan. He had a plan throughout our time with Daniel - the experience changed me. If that was God's whole purpose - to make me a more compassionate person, a person who treasures her relationships more, and listens more carefully for God's voice, then I count myself fortunate to have gone through it.

Daniel was taken off life support on Wednesday evening. We don't know how long it will take for him to pass into the arms of Father God, but we believe that God will bring him home soon. One last thing I'm thankful for - the chance to be Daniel's mama for a few weeks. Oh - and the comfort of knowing there is a baby out there that is meant to be in our family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

Jerry Meixner said...

Dear Rachel and Chris: Thank you for the blog and the updates. Perhaps another Daniel - having gone into the Lion's den will escape unscathed back into the bosom of our Lord. From there he came and to there he shall return.
Thanks be to God.

Keep on keeping on.

Jerry & Clara