This morning as I leave my house early to watch our daughter play basketball and my husband leaves to coach our son's basketball team, I was reminded of something I saw on Wednesday afternoon. As Bennett and I were shopping at Dick's Sporting Goods on Wednesday, a father and his 3 children were shopping there as well. What stood out to me was that one of his children was obviously very sick. I'm not talking about the cold/sniffle kind of sickness, I'm talking about cancer. It was obvious this child had suffered much in his short years of life. His hair was thinning and he had bruises and was very pale. He tired very quickly and was frequently sitting on benches throughout the store as the rest of his family shopped. I would guess this child was around 10 and as they left the store, he was completely exhausted and his dad, picked him up and carried him out to their car. My eyes misted up as I watched this take place as I have no idea what it is like to have a sick child. When our kids have the flu or bronchitis or pneumonia, my heart aches for them and I want to take their pain away. I don't know how I would get through one of them being really sick...for a long time. On Wednesday, I wanted to take that child's pain away. As I was checking out, right after the family had left, the cashier asked if I wanted to donate to the child's cancer fund....of course I do. So, today, as I watched our daughter play basketball, as I watch our children play outside with their friends, I am thankful for our family's health.
Today I am thankful for surprises. My niece, Jena was on her way home for Thanksgiving Break. Since she lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, I don't get to see her very often. Even though, as she called, our family was getting ready to go to church, we stopped and changed our plans. Those 3 hours with her were worth a change in our plans for the morning. I am so proud of her and all she has accomplished. She is in school to be a Physician's Assistant and will be living with us this next summer during her internship. I have loved watching her grow up and any time I can spend with her is a treat. Thanks Jena for surprising us with your visit today!