When I woke up this morning, I realized that is was February 26th. It's been my pass code on my phone since Christmas. The date of my first full marathon.
It's a good reminder that we can make plans, but we can't control the future. We can't control much at all, really.
I'm not sad that I trained. That 19 mile run (my last long Saturday run before everything changed) was awful and wonderful, both. Gave me the idea that maybe it is possible. It's still on my list of things I will do someday.
But this Sunday morning, I'm in Houston with my son. The Coach left yesterday to spend some time at home with the kids. I miss him. But they needed him. We've never been away from our kids for this long. Ever.
They've done so well. I'm so proud of all of them. We've had precious friends and family step in to help care for things at home. And provide graciously for us, here, as well. But our troops have been amazing.
So today isn't what I planned for February 26, 2017. But I'm thankful.
Thankful for the beautiful weather and this morning's (short) run.
Thankful that we all slept well last night.
Thankful for our kind hosts and their gracious care for us.
Thankful that the Coach is getting some time at home and at school.
Thankful for Pastor Mark's sermons online.
Thankful for coffee, hot showers, clean laundry, and Pride and Prejudice on DVD.
Thankful that my boy is feeling well. Hasn't gotten sick. Is less nauseous.
Thankful that he hasn't needed a transfusion in 10 days.
Thankful that he still has his hair (even if it's just for a little while longer).
Thankful for one more week of rest and quiet before round 2 of chemo starts.
Thankful for Spring Break plans and the hope of seeing ALL of the troops soon.
Thankful for God's Word and how it strengthens us, guides us, and gives us hope.
Thankful for the prayers of SO many. Please keep praying!
When life doesn't take you where you thought it would (does it ever?), be thankful that there is no where you can go that is out of God's presence. We are learning that He is enough. God is so faithful.
"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I". Psalm 61:2