I'm thankful for forced change. With Ronnie in the hospital we are forced to change things up a bit. Flying solo all day each day with Mckenna forces me to get creative. The result? Chasing sunrises. Each morning we have jumped in the car or stroller and "chased the sunrise". Mckenna believes we are going to the edge of the earth (I may or may not have led her to believe that). We get out and admire the sky. "God made that!" She exclaims each morning with delight. "Kenna sleep. Then wake up. God made that!" I haven't let on the order of events actually went: God made that, lots and lots of time elapsed, Kenna born, Kenna sleep, Kenna wake up, it's still there. I'm also waiting to break the news that the edge of the earth is actually just down the block and the earth is round.
I'm thankful for the joy children unknowingly spread. My grandpa is trying out living here for a month. We went to his retirement home yesterday afternoon for a visit. I knew it would brighten his day. I knew it would likely make some of his neighbors smile. I didn't realize, however, just how much joy it would bring some of them. One woman in the hall that stopped to chat said, "oh my mother loves babies". I offered to pay her mother a visit. The women led us to her mother...Who was in some locked down area in the (lack of) memory wing. There we met Miss Barbara. With tears in her eyes she told us we "made her life" (maybe an exaggeration, but incredible none the less). She asked us not to leave and obviously didn't want to let go of Mckenna's hand. After chatting for a few minutes and me having Mckenna perform like a seal, Mckenna gave Miss Barbara a hug and she cried again. I have a feeling we will be visiting Miss Barbara frequently. Funny how kids can provide so much joy and never know it.
I'm thankful for ding dong ditch. Mckenna is doing a random act of kindness each day (like an advent calendar but with random acts). Yesterday we made cookies for our neighbor, "uncle rob". Teaching the art of ringing and running was simply hilarious and endearing. To hear Mckenna recount how we did it is priceless. I'm thankful I get to teach her things like that.
I'm thankful for a new adult CF doc who is as proactive as I am. Just recently, a new doc who actually wants to take care of with adults with CF started at my hospital. She seems very eager to learn, and more importantly, gives credit to the patient for knowing their disease and wants to learn from them. She's been involved with medicine for a long time and just recently got involved in the CF space. I look forward to working with her.
I'm thankful for direct streaming online. The Hole doesn't have all of the channels that I'm used to watching at home (namely, channels that the Wildcats play on), but thanks to online streaming, I don't have to miss a game. Quality isn't as good, but it's certainly better than missing the entire thing!!
I'm thankful for a daughter who still thinks of Daddy when I'm away. That's all.
What about you? What are you thankful for today?