Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Year 2 Week 27! {Link Up}

The past week and a half since losing Peyton has both flown by and lasted an eternity.  It is amazing how much can happen over the course of 12 days.  Yes, there is certainly much to be sad about.  There has been mourning and the grieving process will continue for quite some time.  In the midst of pain and sorrow, there is much to give thanks for.

* I am grateful to God for entrusting us with the care of Peyton.  We never expected her to live a long life, and in truth, each of her nearly 7 years was a blessing to us.

* I am so thankful to our church family.  Peyton's memorial service was held last Thursday.  It was more of a celebration than a time of sadness.  The service itself was truly beautiful.  I am sure it had an impact on many of the people who attended.

* I am beyond thankful to each and every person who had a hand in making Peyton's service so meaningful.  Even our senior pastor commented to us on how full the scorecard was with the number of pastors involved and in attendance at her service.  One day I will share more about the service.

* I am grateful to all of the friends and family who celebrated the life of Peyton with us last week.  Peyton affected more people in her short life than most people do in a decades long lifespan.

* Sometimes things take you by surprise.  One such thing is the fact that we had a whole baseball team rooting for Peyton in her final days.  The pastor who preached at Peyton's memorial service happens to be the chaplain for The Citadel baseball team {the Bulldogs} and he told them about Peyton and they were so touched by her story.  They dedicated their series against the College of Charleston last weekend to Peyton.  Ron and I actually decided to check out the first game last Friday.  They won - 7 to 1.  I thought that was pretty awesome.  They repeated the score on Saturday.  Sunday, not so much, but they played for Peyton.  On Friday we saw our pastor there and he got the team to come out of the dugout before the game and they came over and one by one shook our hands and some even gave us hugs.  We don't know any of these guys but to know that we had this whole team pulling for our daughter meant a lot to us.  They even had Peyton's picture up in the dugout for the games!  Yesterday, Ron got a call from the pastor asking us to come by the church office.  The team signed a baseball for us which we received yesterday - Peyton's birthday.  So grateful to these guys.  It really touched us how they rallied around us during this time.

* For the ongoing support of friends and family, we are truly grateful.  I don't know how we'd get through this time without you.

* What are you thankful for today?


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