Saturday, December 31, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, Shaina, Chaia and I wanted to say thank you. We could not even begin to write thank you cards to cover the generosity you all have shown...so, here it is.
Thank you for the hundreds of cards. Thank you for the donations. Thank you for the Au Bon Pain Gift cards, the gas cards, the Subway gift cards, the parking passes, the Browns game, the Monsters game, the Cavs game, yes even the Zips game, the Seahawks Helmet, the Gungor poster, the Cribbs autograph, the Cavs visits, the Ireland football jersey, the 407 headbows/headbands, the sock monkeys (affectionaly named Stanley, Sylvia, Stewie, Sammy, Seneca and Sebastian), thank you for the stuffed animals. Thank you for the Prayin' for Chaia pics, for the facebook encouragement, for making Chaia your facebook profile pic, for taking us to Brunos, to Crankys, to Little Italy, to Melt, to Cheesecake Factory, or bringing us Old Carolina, Subway, Chic Fila or Jimmy Johns. Thank you for the prayer shawls and blankets. Thank you for the 2 free photoshoots. Thank you for the John the Baptist willowtree angel, thank you for coming to us for Christmas, thank you for the beautiful blanket, for the books, particularly SkippyJohn Jones and Walter the Farting Dog, thank you for being our nurses and doctors, thank you for bubble baths and for letting us hold our baby even when she was intubated. Thank you for being honest with us even when it hurt. Thank you for a Christmas tree, ornaments, lights. Thank you for cleaning our house, for getting the mail, for the incredible scrapbooking pages (you freaks!), for the outfits, for checking the blog more frequently than I do, FOR PRAYING, for helping Bombard the Heavens, for relieving us from ministry responsibilities to focus on our little girl, for money jars, for incredible paintings, for muffins and mailbox ornaments, for sitting with Chaia, for sharing your stories of pain and hope, for the blue snuggie that Shaina despises me wearing but I wear anyways to teach her endurance, for lucky pennies, for pink hippos, for laughing with us (or at us) for crying with us, for rooting for us, for loving Chaia, even though many of you have never met her (or us), for the Mountain Dew, for the frames, pacifiers, for turning to God, some for the first time, others for the first time in a long time, for the Christmas dresses, for the PICU tshirt designs, for the zebra shoes, for the sock monkey hat, for spaghetti dinner fundraisers, for soup fundraisers, for covering our costs at Ronald McDonald, for getting Joe Haden to come to visit our suite, for the playlists, for journeying with us, for rooting for Jack with us, for golf, for playing Risk, for thinking of ways to help us that we would never have come up with.
Thank you for helping us to know that God has NEVER been more good, more loving and more near than He has been in 2011.
For virtually nagging God for the miraculous, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
And God, for the ways you are answering, we thank you too.
Happy New Year!