Sad day here today as a classmate of my daughter passed away last night. He had a bone marrow transplant last December after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was apparently cured but ended up with a rare disease (I think ADP) and was in a medically-induced coma since August. There was some progress as he was off the ventilator breathing on his own for 14 hours three weeks ago. Anyhow, sad day. I haven't heard from my daughter (the principal sent out a recorded message this morning about the news and said that counselors were available to the kids who needed to talk), so I hope she is OK.
Again, this is a reminder to me that the things that I've let get to me lately ultimately don't matter. The school-induced drama won't go away, but how I encourage my children to handle things is what is important. I am grateful that I have open communication with all my children. I am grateful that other people's children like our home and we can offer them some things that their family lives are missing (two kids in particular have been spending lots of time at our house). Ultimately what we can do positively is all that matters.
I am grateful that my family is healthy and happy. I am grateful that my relatives on the East Coast are safe after the storm. I am grateful that the plans for our future are shaping up and we are moving forward confidently, going where we think God wants us to.
Money. I've spent some time lately losing sight that it really isn't about the money. I've had a bout of petty jealousy about other people's "haves". I really do have all that I need and I want.
Sorry to be morose. I've got the 2nd grader home today after recovering from a weekend of illness. I think I'd like a good cry. Venting here is the next best thing.
So if you are religious or spiritual, thoughts and prayers for the family of JW would be appreciated. The road ahead for them is going to be long.
November: Giving Thanks
November 5th, 2012 at 10:37 am