Sunday we packed up a rental car to drive to California to see family for Thanksgiving.  We were planning to wake up early to drive 18 hours over two days.

Four hours before we were to leave, I took Sam to the ER.  Our plans have changed: it’s now Thanksgiving in the hospital, slowly healing and facing a surgery on Monday. (All prayers appreciated.) In the midst of many things that are out of our control, I have so much to be thankful for.


I am so grateful we weren’t five hundred miles from home in unfamiliar territory when he fell ill.

This situation would be so much harder without all those who have rallied around us. I am so grateful for those who have upheld us in prayer, visited the hospital, and cared for our kids.  Thank you.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson:

“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”

May we find ourselves fully awake to our mercies this week.

9 thoughts on “Grateful

  1. Annie I am so sorry to hear about Sam. It is a blessing you weren’t out of town. Please take care and send Sam our love and a fast recovery.
    Love the Berger’s


  2. I hope all is well and he is recovering. Yes, we are so grateful. It is becoming a new mantra in life: Today I am so grateful for health, family, comfort, love, weather, colors, sight, joy. Today I am so grateful for hospitals that take care of you and yours!


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