Friday, November 29, 2019


Thanksgiving was very different for me this year.

My mom is in the hospital.  She's had 2 surgeries within the last 11 days.  Surgeries that we didn't expect.  Surgeries that will affect my mom for the rest of her life.  She needs time to recover, heal, and adjust.  It's been an emotional and draining 11 days and no doubt we have more struggles ahead of us.  My mom is still in pain and that's the hardest thing to see. 

And yet, with all that she is going through, I have never felt more thankful.  

I am thankful to still have my mom with me.  I am thankful we will spend Christmas together, because I know things could have turned out differently.  I am thankful for my mom's surgical wounds because they mean she will heal and get better.  I am thankful for the outstanding doctors and nurses at the hospital who have given her such good care.  I am in constant amazement of them. I am thankful for my mom's strong faith that has given her so much comfort during these dark days.  I am thankful for family and friends who have prayed for us and given my family so much support.  I am thankful for the thoughtfulness of friends and family who have brought us food and checked in to see if we needed anything. I am thankful for my work who has been so understanding and flexible with me during this time.  I am thankful for all the messages, texts, tweets, and comments from my online family.  I have felt your love and support and I cannot thank you enough. 

My mom's hospital room overlooks a little white church across the street.  I've looked out her window a million times over the last 11 days.  I've seen the sun rise and the sun set. One particularly dark and scary day it was raining. 

My mom was in surgery. 

and then this happened....

a beautiful sun and the sign of a new beginning.

Thank you all so much. 
  I am so very thankful for YOU ~ 

Danielle xo 


  1. Thinking of you and your mom, and sending you much love and healing thoughts. Love Patricia xoxo

  2. You have all been in my prayers. So glad to hear that y’all are hanging in there. God bless you all! ❤️

  3. Hello Danielle! Sometimes it's hard to see all the blessings that surround us when we are struggling with something difficult in our lives. But not you! Bless your heart. �� I will continue to pray for you and your Mom. Take care, my sweet friend! ��

  4. I am so glad your mom is in the recovery stage now! I will continue to pray for her during the holiday season that she gains strength and has a good recovery.