Wednesday, September 13, 2006

TT # 10

Christi Thomas' parents have reached the conclusion that they will allow Christi to "die with dignity" as the cancer has completely overtaken Christi's body. It may seem strange that I keep talking about this little girl, but I know that I am not the only person who has not been able to get her off our minds. With every post comes news that seems harder and harder to handle, and that is just from a reader's point of view. What could her parents and her family and friends possibly be feeling at this point in time.

I look at her pictures, of her progression down this road. There are pictures of happier times, before her diagnosis. There are pictures of graver times when she has no hair or eyebrows or eyelashes. She has fought this disease, tooth and nail, kicking and screaming. But it is just too much for her little body. The tumor in her brain does not seem to be shrinking from the radiation treatments, so her parents have determined that enough is enough.

Even though the recountings of the struggles of this child are hard to read, and the pain of the parents can be felt with every word that is written, her blog has taught me to count my blessings, and to be thankful for my life.

To Christi and her family, thank you for teaching me the value of life. It can never be taken for granted.

Thirteen Things For Which I Am Most Thankful
1. First and foremost: the health of my children. This cannot be stated enough.

2. The journey of this marriage with Ace.

3. The fact that my parents are both alive and healthy, and live in the same town that we do.

4. The fact that Ace's parents are both alive and healthy, and can visit when they can.

5. That my father in law was able to overcome a massive heart attack and continue to live a fulfilling life.

6. My siblings, especially my sister. I would be totally lost without her. I am also thankful that my brother and I, although 11 years apart, can overcome that age difference and still have a healthy relationship.

7. My friends. I am thankful that I can stand with Jacque in church and offer her support when she needs it. I am thankful that Robin and I have entered each other's lives again, and have a stronger relationship than ever before. I am thankful that I have met Christie Weiss, and thankful that our paths seem to cross more and more everyday.

8. This small town that I grew up in, and am now raising my family in. I love this little town. It means so much to me.

9. My job. As much as I complain about it, I have it, and I am thankful for that.

10. Even though I cuss and carry on, I am SO thankful for my church, and the lovely people in choir with me.

11. My knitting business. It isn't huge, but it has offered money when we needed it.

12. My house. Although it is small compared to a lot of other houses, it is home and it offers that comfort and solace to my children.

13. Last, but certainly not least, and the most important one of all .... my children. I could not live without them. I could not imagine life without them. I am so thankful for them every day. I look for new ways that they continue to amaze me, and I love them for who they are, and who they are yet to be.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent TT. Those are definitely some wonderful things to appreciate.

I couldn't imagine losing one of my kids, or not having them. I'm with you, they are my pride and life.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

LOVE this TT...
I love reading what people are thankful for... it makes all our cyber friends seem more real, yah know!
mine is up

11:12 PM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

I went to the Christi link...My thoughts and prayers are with them.
The thankful list TT's are very important..
We need to be thankful..
Great list!
Mine is up

11:29 PM  
Blogger SunshineBlues said...

Wonderful list of thankfuls! Veru upbeat and loving! Thanks for sharing. Mine is up. Have a wonderful Thursday!

11:34 PM  
Blogger Pass The Torch said...

A fantastic list. I've been thinking a lot about this family, since you posted on Tuesday. And I've had many of the same thoughts as you've had.

Excellent post. Sad story.

11:44 PM  
Blogger MysteriousLady said...

Great TT! Have a wonderful day!

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Janene said...

That was beautiful...I love thinking about what I'm thankful for. It really helps to make the little things I whine about every day seem even smaller.

Thanks for sharing that! I think I'm going to go to bed happy now ~ thinking about all my wonderful gifts!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Bellezza said...

I love your positive take on life, how much better it is to give thanks than complaints.

I, too, find myself thankful for my son, my parents, my church, my home, my job and of course, my husband: a stable rock of character in an often immoral world.

We have a lot in common.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

Blessing are always great things to focus on. Great list and a great list of players in your life.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Southern Girl said...

Beautiful list! It's always good to sit back and remember our blessings. Thanks for the reminder.

My TT is up, too.

12:05 AM  
Blogger amy said...

Thanks for that beautiful list

12:30 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Very beautiful list. Thanks for making me think of what I'm thankful for.

Thanks, also, for visiting my TT.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Such a chearful post. love it. Happy TT!

12:42 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

It's always good to be still and start counting our blessings, I'm always amazed at how much God has done for me each time I did! :)

God bless!

1:40 AM  
Anonymous laura said...

most excellent. what an amazing girl and family! my heart aches for them. thanks for sharing.
my tt is up this eek.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

#1 is on my mind too. Our family's health is something not to be taken for true, I couldn't agree more.
Great TT!
mine is up.

3:22 AM  
Blogger YellowRose said...

What a wonderful 13!! We all need to remember what we are thankful for more often!

Happy Thursday!

3:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After just losing a close friend and co-worker this week to cancer, I can understand what the family is going through.

You do look back and appreciate what you have in your life, even if its not exactly what you may want.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Nadiah Alwi said...

Beutiful TT, very inspiring...

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

Very cool list. Yes, it is all those things that make life worthwhile.
My next TT will have to be more positive!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Very important reminder.


Have a great Thursday!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

looking at what you're thankful for is a wonderful way to appreciate life and what it means. :)

8:14 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Wonderful list. That reallys makes me think about what I am thankful for. I am thankful for many of the same things!

Happy TT...mine's up!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Excellent list. I just read through Christi's entire story and blog and website and all...I've got tears running down my face and both my girls snuggled up in my lap cherising the moment! Thanks for sharing!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Pixiepincessmom said...

That is a super list of things to be thankful for. Sometimes in this busy, hectic world; we forget what's important & what to be thankful for. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful as well.

Thanks for stopping by my TT & commenting. I hope you are having a terrific Thursday. :-)

9:55 AM  
Anonymous JAM said...

Great list. My oldest daughter had surgery a couple of weeks ago, and although she's recovering well, it brought us out of cruise control and caused us to stop and smell the roses a bit. Thanks for the reminder this week as well.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Dane Bramage said...

It is always a great idea to count our blessings and you seem to have so much to be greatful for.

Thanks for stopping by my T13!

My T13 is up. It is The Daydream Edition!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Zeus said...

I think that these are wonderful things to be thankful for! Family and friends are what make life great.

Happy Thursday to you, and thank you for visiting me!

10:50 AM  
Blogger -R- said...

I don't know what to say except that was very touching.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Cheysuli said...

What a lovely list. It's important to remember

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

our health is everything.

Thanks for the reminders!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Isn't it mysterious how some people we meet and their lives offer a change to have a transformative and awareness experience. Sometimes its someone in the news, sometimes it is the suffereing of someone else...we are able to bond and emotionally have an awaking and it makes our lives seem and be so much more fragile and important.

My prayers with you...and your friend and her family.

Here is my Tt list...

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3...enjoy and relish that. I lost my dad 3 years's hard to imagine 3 years have passed.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Awwe, great list!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

My sweet, sweet 19 year old goddaughter passed away from Ewing's sarcoma in March and it was hard watching the disease progress. But even in that sad time, there were so many blessings and I was so fortunte to be there for her and with her. Like you, I try to see the good things and count my very own blessings because life is so short, isn't it?

I hadn't heard about Christi and I appreciate you sharing that.

Thanks for stopping by Snarkypants. Hope you have a great weekend!

(PS: those little girls look like dolls. I find that hideous too)

8:56 PM  
Blogger Paxil Princess said...

Wonderful, inspiring T13!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy Thurs.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Loved your list. We should all take a litte more time to be thankful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don't. Thank you so much for sharing.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Brony said...

What a wonderful post. Very positive.
Thank you for sharing.

11:24 PM  
Blogger DK said...

Beautiful list. Hang on to this one. A big thank you from my dog, Sam, (and from me) for visiting my blog. I'm feeling much better!

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Love your list girlie, so sweet-
sorry I'm a day late..
I needed a re-coup day:)

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Wonderful list! I like the cussin' and choir one, lol!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Incog & Nito said...

A beautiful list - we all have many things in our lives to be thankful for - we all just need a reminder every now and then

1:44 AM  
Anonymous kristarella said...

Beautiful. All great things to be thankful for and you prefaced this post sowell with the story about Christi. It is a brave thing he parents have decided.

1:45 AM  

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