Grateful for this home away from home that will in so many ways be hard to leave.
Grateful for staff who have become friends–no, family–who have kept watch and cared for her with such love and dignity.
Grateful for tender hands and compassionate hearts.
Grateful for Nick who has seen so many come and go and who has found a sweet spot in our hearts.
Grateful for shrimpfests and pizza parties and spiked coffee and a grasshopper on a blue sponge stick.
Grateful for Mother Mary Esther of the Order of Perpetual Birdwatchers.
Grateful for CENA Jackie who drove 20 miles on the day after Thanksgiving, her day off, to see Mom because she was on her mind.
Grateful for deer who “usually mean something”–but who she seems to keep sending away.
Grateful for laughter in the midst of sorrow.
Grateful for the coming together in the letting go.
Grateful for friends who even now wing their way from the Netherlands, leaving own family responsibilities behind.
Grateful for a wisdom-drenched God whose timing is perfect and whose love is amazing.
Grateful for the privilege not to watch her die, the one who birthed us into life, but to help birth her into a new life.
Grateful for those who co-labor with us and keep us pillowed in prayer.
Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!” Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again: “Thank you!” Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength. ~Psalm 138:1-3 (Message)