Sometimes we need a reminder of how good we really have it, to put things in perspective....to really appreciate how much we have to be thankful for.
I've been feeling emotional, stressed, and mentally drained for awhile now. I suppose pregnancy is taking a toll, along with some other personal things that have me feeling helpless and just....tired. Thank God I have an amazing husband who listens to me rant and cry and cuss and cry some more about anything and everything. He truly is so good to me, and for that I am incredibly thankful.
I've talked before about my issues with fear and worry. Now that I'm pregnant, things have multiplied times a million. I feel so relieved every single time I go in and hear that precious little heartbeat at my doctor's office each month, and literally one or two days later I'm back to worrying that things aren't OK...which lasts right up until the next time I hear that same sweet heartbeat. I constantly convince myself that I'm not really pregnant, that something has gone wrong, that my belly should be bigger, that I should be feeling kicks...it goes on and on. I try to relax, but it's tough when you feel completely responsible for keeping a teeny, tiny little thing safe and sound inside of you. It's exhausting.
On top of that, I had a rough day today and really let myself get insanely, incredibly angry about something that is 100% out of my control. The most infuriating thing to me is to see someone you love hurting and to know that you can't do anything to help. So I let myself get frustrated and yell and cry frustrated tears, and feel like the world wasn't fair.
And then I stumbled upon this blog post by one of my favorite bloggers, Erin from Living in Yellow. And I was quickly reminded how absolutely wonderful my life really is, and that the issue that my loved one is dealing with will quickly pass and could be much, much worse.
Please, take a moment to read Isaac's story, and if you can, spare $5 or a send him an encouraging note. I literally cannot fathom what this sweet boy is going through. And to imagine the pain and horror and anger and frustration and hopelessness that his parents must be facing? Gut wrenching. Just reading their entries on his Caring Bridge page had me bawling my eyes out for this family I'll never know. I literally cannot imagine.
So now I sit here, feeling humbled and thankful and appreciative of the life I have. A sweet husband, a healthy little pup, and a baby growing inside me. I hope and pray I'm never faced with a challenge like Issac's family...and I am so incredibly heartbroken that they, and millions of others, are facing something so truly horrifying. Please, take a minute to read Erin's post, to visit Isaac's page, and if you're a praying person, offer up a prayer for peace and comfort for that sweet little boy and his family. And take a look around and feel grateful for all that you have.