I've been blessed throughout my life, but in the past years, I have been touched in so many ways by the kindness and generosity of others. But that is just a part of it. There is so much more. Things go unnoticed, or perhaps taken for granted. But not anymore for me. I am well aware of "blessings and miracles", especially at this time of the year.
Recently my brother's daughter underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. Coincidentally, my sister arrived in town and along with my brother, his wife, and my niece's boyfriend, we spent time together in the waiting room hoping and praying for a good outcome for my niece. During those hours together, something very special happened to all of us. While I consider our family well-connected, our relationships went to the next level. As we all talked together and welcomed distractions from people, including my former co-workers at the hospital, something magical happened to us. I have thought about that day in the hospital so much. I am enveloped in love and I don't think this feeling will ever leave me. And all the many prayers were answered; my niece's surgery was successful. When the surgeon came out to talk to us, we were all reduced emotionally. Those hugs that we shared with each other were pure joy. Even as I write this, I have chills thinking about that day.
My niece and her parents were able to attend my nephew's wedding in Arizona this past weekend. Unfortunately, my niece ended up in the hospital due to an infection and a temperature of 103 for several days (not directly related to the tumor). She should be coming home tomorrow.
Yes, this was another setback, but the thing is, I feel it was just a reminder how important family is........and prayer. You have to do your best to trust God and believe that the best will happen. This has been another blessing for our family....during this magical season of Christmas.
I will remember 2014 as being a very special year for our family, one that God showed us how important family is, and reminding us how blessed we are - even through a family crisis - that we were brought together as a family, not for one reason, but for many. We are "family strong". I love my family and I am thankful for our many blessings.
Remember, the Christmas Season is full "blessings and miracles".
Merry Christmas from our family to yours.