So Thankful

So thankful for so many things... Thankful for the wonderful family that surround us on this day... for the help, the food, the fun, the laughter, the competitiveness, and the love. Thankful for the gift of friends and those that love us. Thankful for the worldly possessions. Thankful for the heavenly blessings. Thankful for the sweet little boy playing outside in his new little vest, football gloves and cute hat. Thankful for the tiny child kicking inside me and waking me at night. Thankful for their daddy and my husband that loves and takes care of his family. Most of all, thankful for the Lord and for beautiful, unexpected surprises that remind us that we are indeed a family of four, that Maddox is here and is enjoying his first Thanksgiving.

It's funny... I didn't think once today that Maddox probably won't be here at this time next year. And yet, I couldn't help but think how different it is with a diagnosis such as ours looming overhead... everything changes. I don't think about Maddox's 1st Thanksgiving for the 2008 year when he would be here; instead, we think about and celebrate his 1st Thanksgiving in the present, in 2007 when he IS here, alive and well inside me. That's not how it normally goes, but then again, so many things aren't right now. Processing it all is very different, and although strange... somehow, strangely, not yet too hard. True thankfulness is all that filled me today, and although the ugly beast of competitiveness reared its head briefly, I hope that all that I am reflected how thankful I am in the Lord for the bountiful blessings he has poured out upon us.

We have so much to be awestruck by, so much to stand in amazement for, so many graces for which to be in complete wonder. Thank you Christ Jesus for your love, your perfection, your presence, your sacrifice, and your restoration of life. We are TRULY THANKFUL!

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give THANKS in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Emily said…
Happy First Thanksgiving, Maddox! Happy First Thanksgiving as a family of four, Stanfield family. :) I am thankful for you.
Mandy said…
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

karen said…
McKenzie and Dusty
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.I just found out about you precious Maddox. Grandma Ruth was telling my mom Cleve about it and I talked to your Aunt Kay the other night and got your blog address. I know there is little to say but know that we think of you and pray for you and your family. I know when Christi was hurt so bad a few years ago I had to leave it up to God and prayed he would heal her and help up get though the months ahead. Love and prayers Karen Connelly and family.
Laurie said…
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. I've been praying for you and Maddox, asking the Lord to watch over you and bring you much joy through the holidays and for Maddox's birthday to be a blessing to you. May you feel Gods presence upon you every moment of every day. He has His hands on this baby all the time, and He loves you so much.

Laurie in Ca.
Jennie said…
We continue to pray for you guys each and every day. I am amazed and proud of how you have kept this challenging situation from interupting the life of your precious Deacon. We love you guys and are ALWAYS here for you!!
So Blessed said…
Praying for your family during this Holy Season...that God will bless you with the strength and comfort that only He can give.
Emily said…
Liftin' y'all up, Stanfields. :)

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