November 23, 2011


Gratitude has a new depth of meaning for me this Thanksgiving holiday.

I have discovered that it is both an action and a state of being.

     Gratitude is what protects my heart against the ugly bitterness that threatens to destroy me.

     It ushers me to a place of peace, hope, humility and joy.

     It turns my focus to the things I once considered little and reveals their beauty.

With renewed perspective I look around me and wonder, How can I not be grateful?!?




As I review the past few months, I choose to dwell on the good. The year has been heavy with heartache, loss, and immense strain... But to focus on that would be unjust for the year has also been rich in beauty and joy.

To my family who tirelessly supports us in every way imaginable... thank you.

To my friends who stand beside us and have shouldered my many tears... thank you.

To my husband who has cast aside his own dreams and works harder than anyone I know... thank you.

To the many who love Grant and patiently work with him... thank you.

To my Savior who lovingly leads the way... thank you.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7



  1. Karen ~ Thank you for your honesty as you've blogged this year. It has been SUCH an encouragement to me. We will continue to lift your family up in prayer. And may God continue to use you and your family in MIGHTY ways for His glory!

  2. Such lovely pictures that capture deep love and joy witin a family. Your words bring hope and encouragement, focus on what really matters. Blessings!

  3. You remind me so much of how I felt that first year after our diagnosis. The first year is the hardest. To still be able to be grateful and see the good is amazing. And that last picture.... breathtaking!


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