Today is my birthday. My son asked me yesterday what I wanted for my birthday. Like every other good mom around, I simply said, "I have all I need."
But really – that statement is 100% true. I have everything I could ever want or need. I am a truly blessed person, in every way. One of the reasons I know this to be true is because I had a stroke earlier this year. My stroke caused me to be home-bound for several weeks, in addition to the 2 weeks I spent in hospitals. The outpouring of love from friends and family was absolutely overwhelming. Even though I do not remember the first week in the hospital at all, the messages and comments on my Facebook page are there that remind me – I was not in a good situation, but I had friends and family to support me and get me through it. Not just me – my family. People took care of us when we needed it the most.
I could go into great detail about the numerous ways in which people showed their love but we'd be here for a while. Let's just say that stroke was my gift from God. I consider what we experienced as a family a gift. Although I am not ready to ask for that gift again – I cannot ignore how close we were during that time of healing. My kids – all 4 of them – did whatever they were asked and more. They were ultra sensitive to the needs in our home. Whatever I needed, it was done.
Although it's been a tough few months, things are pretty much back to normal. I am almost off all medication and have no long-term effects from the strokes, except one. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am loved by a Creator who died for me. He sacrificed Himself so that I might live. And I have an earthly family that loves me too. I have no doubts about these facts – never will again. The gift of the strokes is one not many people get during their lifetime. I got it. And I'm so glad. I was close to leaving this world, but I didn't. I came back. But I came back with a heart so full of love from others that I thought some days it might just burst!
So – if you are one of those people who showed your love to our family in any way during that time period, I am here to say THANK YOU! Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, gifts, encouragement – whatever it was. Thank you. It is a gift that I will hold in my heart for the rest of my life. And one that I will look forward to passing along to others when given the opportunity.
Best birthday EVER! <3