I am thankful to be Anna's mom. It was an honor and a privilege and a blessing beyond measure.
I am thankful for the people that I met along the way--doctors, nurses, art ladies, and other parents are people that I would never have met if I hadn't entered their world.
I am thankful for Junie B. Jones and butterflies.
I am thankful for the lives that were changed through our story.
I am thankful for the wisdom gained through suffering.
I am thankful that I have received comfort that I can use to comfort others.
I am thankful for a marriage that survived the death of a child.
I am thankful for my other children whose lives were forever impacted, but not defined, by their sister's death.
I am thankful for tested faith that is more precious than gold.
I am thankful for an eternal perspective. What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
I am thankful that I learned to trust God even though I can't understand him.
I am thankful for the 'missing feeling' that reminds me that this world is not my home.
I am thankful for a reunion to look forward to.
I am thankful that Anna taught me to live life while you can and to go to Sam's when you feel like it.
I am thankful for good friends who walked through the valley with us and who remember.
I am thankful that God can make beauty from ashes and change mourning to dancing.
I will always be sorry that she died, but I will never be sorry that she lived.