Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

This week's post is a little bit early, but I really had this subject on my mind so decided to post.  This 4th of July we felt especially celebratory.  Why?  Because a year ago we were stuck in the hospital, for the 5th straight week, fighting the beast called cancer.  Emma was as yet not in remission.  She could only sit if she was propped up.  She certainly couldn't stand, walk, or run.  We were living in absolute fear.

On the night of the 4th we took Emma to the glassed in porch area on the 2nd floor at St. Jude so that she could see the fireworks.  We waited, along with several other patients, for about an hour.  The fireworks never came!  We found out the next day that the city had canceled them due to budget cuts.

This 4th, Emma ran around the yard playing with her cousins.  She laughed and jumped.  She helped shoot off the fireworks in our driveway.  It was absolutely fantastic to be regular.  And that got me to thinking about how often we take for granted the "regular" things.  I am so happy for days that are fantastically regular.  We are always looking for bigger and better, and overlooking all the blessings that we have staring us right in the face.

So be happy and thankful for today.  It might not be here tomorrow.

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