Through everything I have experienced, encountered and endured, I have come out with more gratitude than ever before.
And when I read the news headlines and I see what others have been struck with, I try to look at how lucky I am and celebrate it.
This week there has been a huge focus on the loss of a young teenage boy. Although he would be a man today, a man who his parents would have seen go through puberty, graduate from high school and either be attending university/college or being an apprenctice in a trade. But no, these things that people take for granted will never be in Daniel Morcombe's life. An evil, sadistic man ripped it away. A monster that walked the streets sniffing out his pray.
This week I looked at the loss of Daniel and all the children who have become angels, and I couldn't help but hold tight my own children. Regard every little thing about them. From the most loveable and adorable attributes to even the things that make me want to tear my hair out. I held nothing but gratitude....
- running my fingers through Jack's cornsilk hair
- breathing in Evangeline's scent, of baby shampoo, arrowroot biscuit and milk
- squeezing Liam's body in a tight embrace and kissing his bulbous cheeks
- hearing the sounds of their tiny vocal chords, even the cries and whinges were music this week
I am so blessed that my children have their health. Yes Liam has Cerebral Palsy, but he is a robust little guy, tough as nails with a cast iron immune system. Yes Jack has Autism, and he does suffer from croup now and again, but he also has a strong constitution. And well Evangeline is the plump picture of health with her rosy features.
I am blessed to be able to embrace my children everyday, tell them I love them (over and over and over again).
Most of all I am blessed to be able to see how lucky I am. Through the loss of Dylan, through all the different diagnoses.. through all the tough times, I have been able to see what amazing things life does offer and that I have them in abundance.
There is so much to be thankful for!!!