dear world, thank you.

dear world,
thank you.
this year has been one of the hardest to date in my 29 years here.
i'm happy for that. it has shown me how capable i am.
dear world,
...thank you for the love.
the pulsing, forceful, overwhelming love that propels me forward into the future.

the support.
the people who lift us up when things feel like they are crumbling.
our family who cheers with us when there are huge victories,
because having people to share triumphs with is just as important as facing the obstacles.
thank you for this beautiful little girl.
this spunky fairy
who teaches me to fight the good fight.
every single day.
thank you for one functioning kidney. (one out of three isn't bad, enh? ;)
legs that are capable of putting one foot in front of the other.
hands that are strong enough to type,
cut vegetables and braid hair.
eyes that have the gift of sight. (still!)

my thanksgiving heart. i couldn't eat turkey or stuffing or mashed potatoes (all my favorites), but there was an urging to dig deep for gratitude yesterday and i eventually answered it. thankful to the universe for pushing my grumpy, stubborn heart to new depths.

winner of the cystinosis fundraiser giveaway: frankie m.

linking up with from mrs to mama


  1. Sometimes it takes coming close to losing something to realize how much we are really thankful for it. Beautiful!

  2. This is beautiful! So blessed to have stopped by from the Five Minute Friday.

  3. This was an absolutely amazing post! Although it does sound like you've had one crazy year!

  4. Beautiful, amazing and incredibly blessed by you today. Visiting from FMF:

    Lorretta @ Dancing on the Dash

  5. You are an inspiration to many! And to me. My gosh, your baby girl is beautiful. :)


    The Misty Mom

  6. I'm so glad you dug deep for gratitude. That's a beautiful thing. And thank you for visiting me on Heart Choices. I always love to meet new blogging friends.

    Blessings and love,

  7. this is such a lovely post. gratitude is so important. lets be blog friends? im at going to follow you, loving your blog.


  8. hey sweet beauty!!! wantd to tell you I use photoshop (with photoshop actions) and a canon 5D markii !!!! xoxoxo!!

  9. What a beautiful post! First time checking out your blog, via Moms Musings.

  10. Hi, I'm a new follower and found your blog through the Women Connect '12 link up. I've been sat here for ages reading your story. It is truly amazing. You are so strong and your little girl is beautiful!

    Liane x

  11. Those are beautiful photos.

    I'm visiting from Women Connect.

    Chantal @ Scattered Seashells

  12. Such a beautiful post :) I'm thankful for your functioning kidney, too! And for the fact that you shared your heart!! Stopped by from Becky's link up, and so glad that I did!

  13. such a touching post. its good to reflect on all of the positive things around us. and those pictures are stunning.

  14. I am crying! I could have written this post word for word. You should stop by my blog. We have a lot in common and it seems our miracle girls keep us going!


  15. hi, i'm here from the link up. your story is amazing and love this post. each day is to be celebrated as you are definitely doing. will be reading through your blog more. consider me a new reader. :)

  16. The photos accompanying this uplifting post are really lovely. I especially liked the one of the three of you. Glad to see that despite a hard year, you've managed to find so many things to be grateful for.

  17. these pictures are so cute <3

  18. What a lovely post. I am so glad I found you through the Kid Lit Blog hop today. What an incredibly inspiring story you have. By sharing, you are helping people every day. :)

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  21. I'm stopping by from the Hop. I love what you said on your sidebar about expecting miracles. After 4 years of infertility, we are embarking on IVF to try to have some beautiful babies of our own. It is a good reminder for me to believe in miracles as I hope and pray for mine. Thank you!

  22. Lovely post! I'm a new follower from the hop!
    Look forward to reading more :)


  23. Happy Holidays. Visiting from Thee Networking Blog Hop! Please visit my blog & follow if you haven't already. :)


  24. Oh my gos, the second picture is so adorable :) i simply love it <3

  25. does the picture of your sleeping babe just instantly make you happy when you're feeling blue?

    new follower from hop!

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