Well, today has been an interesting day... it's been an interesting week actually. Russell's mom flew in from Oklahoma on Saturday and we've really enjoyed spending time with her. It's been good for the boys to spend time with her.
We found out last Saturday morning that our dog, Gracie, the one we're going to train to be a therapy dog for Aidan is pregnant. Well, I should say was pregnant. When we got home from my grandparents this evening she was in labor and had already had a puppy. That was about 4 hours ago and we now have 6 puppies. If anyone is interested in a labradoodle puppy, let me know-we surely can't keep them.
Today has been hard. Not as hard as Christmas is going to be, but I'm having a tough time dealing with the memories of Aidan from last year. Despite all of this, I must say for the first time in my life I actually feel thankful and I'm more aware now of all the blessings in my life. Growing up, my Mamaw Bernice would go around the dinner table and ask us all what we were thankful for that year. I always hated it, because I could never think of anything worth being thankful for.
That sounds terrible, but I know I took my life for granted, I took the people and things in my life for granted. I know now how lucky I was and I still am to have the family and friends that I have in my life.
Since Aidan's accident, God has provided us with what we've needed-Russell's job, an apartment when we were ready, etc. I learned to quit worrying about everything and just accept that things would happen the way they are meant to happen.
I want more than anything in this world for Aidan to be whole again. I'd give him whatever he needed from my brain to fix his if I could. I want for my boys to be able to play together and fight together. I have hope and faith that God is going to continue healing Aidan.
So, in honor and memory of my grandmother, I'm going to share what I'm thankful for this year. I'm thankful that I have so many wonderful loving, caring and supportive people who've touched my life. I'm thankful to have been blessed with 2 of the most beautiful, amazing little boys who are the light of my life. I'm thankful for the amazing first responders and doctors who brought Aidan back and took care of him. But most of all I'm thankful that Aidan is alive.... that I can see his beautiful brown eyes and his cute little chubby face every single day. I miss the little boy that he used to be and the one that he would have been, but I have him.
I hope that everyone is enjoying their family and has a wonderful holiday. I have some pictures to post, but I'll do them after dealing with puppies.
Love to everyone!