Today is the day we as Catholics celebrate the mother of Jesus! No we do not worship her, but we do believe she was chosen and therefore we honor and celebrate this special woman. So I began my day by attending Mass and listening to Father give the homily. At the end he talked about New Years resolutions and what he said was that we are all adopted sons and daughters and that our resolutions are that we should be more Christ like. I like that, but of course, I will daily fall flat on my face in this effort. He also said that as moms when we are getting our children ready in the mornings that we should tell them "go and show everyone your goodness."
With this in mind I thought of Annabel. Each day she wakes, even with this Trisomy 18 issue that she carries each and everyday, with the most sincere, warm and generous smile on her sweet face. Yes, she goes each and everyday and show everyone her goodness in her quiet and gentle way.
This year has been harder, sometimes I think than the first year. It probably really isn't but I am just getting older and her needs are increasing. I think her being so sick in April and needing the surgery, it working only for a few weeks, the increasing need for oxygen, the gagging and wretching that is back, and the cathing every 3 hours, etc... But does Annabel whine, NO! So why am I? She is a most precious gift that for some reason God has allowed us to have more time with and for this I am grateful.
Annabel will be put to sleep twice this coming week. She will have MRI's on Tues, her brain and spine. Then on Friday she will have surgery on her back. Please as you always do keep her in your prayers. She has always done as well as they expect and I see no reason she wouldn't come through like she has in the past.
Praying that you will have a wonderful 2010 with much health and happiness. My prayer is that our world will stay peaceful so my soldier boy will return home as scheduled. This is one year I do hope goes very fast.