Monday January 7, 2013
Yesterday was my "Thankful Day."
I texted my third son, Andrew:
"Today is Mom's Thankful Day. I'm thankful for your life, your heart, and your witness. Love you."
For yesterday a year ago found us in a very different place. While driving to his high school teaching job in Kentucky that morning, my 23-year-old son's car was hit head on. We got the call parents dread, and much of 2012 was changed in an instant.
Andrew's injuries were serious but not life-threatening. He came home to Florida to recover, and after three months in a wheelchair, he worked hard to progress to a walker. He now walks with the help of a brace and a cane. His faith and mission have only been strengthened through this trying time; fire does refine. Although he faces challenges daily, he's teaching again and -- the best news -- he will marry a wonderful young lady this summer!
So, you can see there's much to be thankful for. We've had our moments today, realizing what could have been and thanking God for what is. We have all learned so much over the last year. Amazing lessons learned in those dark moments when He is all you have.
So very many people rallied around our family, from Kentucky to Florida and far beyond. What may have seemed little to you has been huge to us. We have felt your prayers and support. From the first moments, we were loved, prayed for, hugged, fed...so many were truly His hands and feet to our family.
So on the cusp of the New Year, my heart feels a lot like that water above -- full to overflowing, with thanks.
Not a bad way to start a new year.
I'm linking up with Laura, Jen, and Michelle today.