After its all said and done, I am very happy to be able to spend Christmas Eve and Day at our house, instead of the hospital. We were able to go to the Crib service at our local Cathedral (with a real donkey! inside!) and have some great friends over for dinner-ish.
So while we were really hoping to have Emmett’s heart surgery behind us for Christmas, tonight is a night to count our blessings:
Thank you Lord that my mom made it here – she has been a lifesaver, because I’m not sure Mike and I could have lasted another day without serious help.
Thank you Lord that Emmett is not spending Christmas in an orphanage in Vietnam. Our time together so far has been pretty darn painful on both sides, but we are a family. We will not give up, and we will stick together.
Thank you Lord for O and Y – every day they amaze me with how they are handling all of the upheaval with grace. We could not ask for better boys.
Thank you Lord for Mike, the best husband in the whole wide world.
Thank you Lord for all of the surprises that you send our way.
Thank you Lord for the wonderful friends that we have here, and back in America, and out there on the internet.
Thank you Lord for all of the doctors and nurses and other medical personnel who have gone above and beyond for Emmett – both American and British.
Thank you Lord for the financial resources we have, for Mike’s job, for the roof over our heads, and for the food in our bellies. We know that there are many who do not have what we consider to be neccessities.
Thank you Lord, for all of our soldiers, airmen, and sailors – many of them away from their families this Christmas. Thank you for the freedom they give their lives to protect.
Thank you most of all Lord, for your Son, Jesus Christ. Without Him, we have no hope, with Him all things are possible.
Merry Christmas, y’all!