Today is a glorious day. August 17th marks the anniversary of when John and I were married in the Logan, Utah Temple. It has been 8 wonderful years full of many life changing events. I think that the "life changing events" are what life is about? If we didn't change and have ups and downs we wouldn't learn and progress, plus we'd be pretty boring. It's like in middle school, on the last day of class, and your friends write, "Don't Change!" in your yearbook. How silly! Of course we want to change. Every day we want to become better people and if that includes changing our ways, then by all means we should change.
Having a child with Leukemia is a life changing event. It has been a heavy burden and a source of sadness for our family. It has also been a beautiful blessing of miracles in so many other ways. How can I say a burden can be a blessing? It depends on how we look at life and I have prayed that my eyes will be open to the many blessings that come from our struggles. It touches me to say those words. I see miracles happen every day. Many of you have brought miracles upon us. I wish I could share all of them with you.
Today Cecily and I traveled to Ogden for a flute masterclass. John met us at Weber State University and then we went to McDonald's. It was a brief little meeting and we joked about how we'd spent our anniversary at McDonald's. It was great to see him! It was a little miracle that we were able to meet up together. We miss the unity that being together brings. John is just doing incredibly well pushing through his days at the hospital. He is able to get out for walks during Erin's naps, and he does some visiting around SLC when she goes to bed at night. He said it is so wonderful to wake up each morning to Erin's sweetness. She often wakes up and looks over and says, "Oh good morning Daddy!"
Erin has been doing very well. Up until today Erin has been emotionally pretty stable. Today she was a little more frustrated than usual. Her two year old independence has been very prevalent today. It could be that she is just tired from a lack of sleep. It could be that she is starting to feel the repercussions of the chemotherapy. It could be that she is just pent up there in that hospital. John said that by bedtime he had her laughing and giggling again and she went to sleep a happy girl.
It's all about taking things one day at a time.