As I drove on 117 headed towards Columbus this evening, I found myself wanting to be angry. It seems so unfair that we only got two days at home before having to return to Columbus.  But then, I remembered the one thing I have told myself many times. If I  focus on all the things to complain about, that is all I would get done and it wouldn’t change anything, except making me even more angry. But if I focus on the blessings,  I will be able to face another day. 

Yes, Jennifer and I had to return to Columbus.  (She was feeling poor, with lots of nausea, stomach pain, and over all fatique. She also had an increase in blood in her nose which can point to needing some platelets. ) But although the weekend was cut short, here is a list of all the blessings we shared over the last 48 hours.

  1. We got to see Jessica, Randy, Jen’s grandparents, Rick and Lori, Jen Miller, neighbors Sparky and Doris Brinkman and The Heitmeyers who drew a beautiful Welcome Home message on the driveway.
  2. Jennifer and I got to spend time with the dogs 
  3. We had a meal cooked on the grill.
  4. I was able to get my hair cut thanks to Heather at The Gentry.
  5. Jennifer got a new mattress for her bed thanks to Ottoville Hardware.
  6. I had enough time to nearly finish all the invitations for Jennifer’s Welcome Home/ Survivor Party with Be The Match.
  7. I got to eat a couple pieces of the wonderful apple cake my mom baked and brought over.
  8. Jennifer and I both got to sleep in our own beds two nights in a row.

That’s a lot of blessings.  And although we hoped for more days at home, we know this is a process and it is going to be small steps forward for awhile. As much as we want life to be normal again, God has us on this path. There are still lessons to be learned. I told Jen, that maybe it isn’t our lesson to learn but someone else’s through us. Her response to that was “well they better ‘getter done’ because I’m exhausted.”  So if it is you who still needs their come to God moment, ‘getter done’ because Jen and I are ready to live life again. 

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