Alex and Maddy

Alex and Maddy

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gratitude







Our Pastor has decided to take this year and figure out how we can be more grateful people. I love this topic and this sermon series that he has chosen.

As some of you know we have had a really rough few months in many ways. Just when I was starting to feel really emotionally drained, we received one last blow as we learned that Maddy is not making sucrose and glucoamylase, two of the digestive enzymes necessary for processing sugars and starches. We have had to cut out all sugars (including many fruits) and all starches (including many vegetables). Maddy can't have grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pretzels, crackers, waffles, etc. Pretty much all carbs are out. Considering this is pretty much all she was eating it has been rough on all of us. But as we struggle with this new diagnosis. I CHOOSE to focus on all the blessings in my life that I am grateful for.

First and foremost, I am so GRATEFUL every single day that God chose me to be Mom to my two incredible children. I have a shining example everyday of living life with joy, with strength, with courage. Watching the reality of my children's life reminds me that even when life is not fair when can choose to be happy and make a positive impact on others. I could not be more proud of my smart, funny, brave children and am so glad I get to walk through life with this constant reminder of what true strength looks like.

I am so GRATEFUL for our friends and family who have supported us in every way imaginable. Who are there to share every laugh and every tear. Who are willing to let me vent when I need to and encourage me. Family and friends who love my precious babies exactly as they are.

I am GRATEFUL for our church and church family who are a constant source of strength. To our incredible Pastors, Chris and Molly who challenge us weekly to change, to strive to be the people God created us to be. Who are willing to admit their own flaws as they walk this journey with us.

I am GRATEFUL for all the incredible experiences we have been a part of as a result of a life that is not always easy. Alex and I have had some incredible opportunities over the past year(s) simply because despite his challenges his amazing spirit and perseverance touch others. We have been able to use his gifts to help some of our favorite organizations fundraise and help others who are struggling.

I am GRATEFUL for the angels who have blessed us over the past few months and shown us that there are good people who will help lift you when you need it. That are a reminder that we do not walk alone.

I am GRATEFUL for the HOPE of an incredible 2016!
Ali

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