I don't know if blogspot has a character limit per post, but if I were to list everything I am thankful for today, I would probably meet that limit!
So, instead I wanted to write about one (of many) reasons I am thankful today. If you were to have told Roger and me on the day of Luke's diagnosis that we would, two years later, be able to say without hesitation that we would never trade our experience, we probably would have politely agreed while we rolled our internal eyes.
The beautiful thing about the way God works in our trials is in this verse: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (1 Corinthians 1:3-4)
God's grace and comfort are so real to me through the connections we've made with other "heart" families. And this is God's intention! He never intends for us to walk through trials alone, and even when we feel like no one here on earth could possibly understand what we're feeling, He says, "I'm enough." And He is enough, but in His love for us, He also gives us people to walk alongside.
Last Sunday, Luke and I got the opportunity to meet Maddie and her mom, Katie as they were on this side of the state for Maddie's cardiology appointment. Katie and I met through our blogs, but what a treat to meet them in person! Maddie, hard to believe, is even cuter in person than in picture! Maddie is 8 months old and had her Glenn at Children's Hospital back in July. She is doing so well and is a human lightbulb! Katie and Maddie, it was so good to meet you!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Let's give thanks and please also keep those heart kids that are spending Thanksgiving in the hospital in your prayers!