I am thankful for the wonderful nurses who cared for Piper with more than just their hands, but with their hearts too. Every nurse we had went above and beyond, and we were reminded yet again of the amazing role a nurse plays - we are thankful for the care that each one provided for Piper, but also for our family.
I am thankful for the doctors who made every decision almost as if they were deciding what to do for their own daughter. They were so professional, and yet so personal, so caring. Each one left an imprint on our hearts as they held our hands through such a difficult experience.
I am thankful for the people who made it possible for Piper to get the best care possible, there must have been so many people pulling strings behind the scenes. To all these people, thank you. It was such a gift to be able to sit and love my little girl without having to worry about anything else over the last 8 weeks.
I am thankful for the people who have brought us food, each morsel representing so much more than food.
I am thankful for my parents and my parents-in-law who showed so much love to Piper both in the giving of their time to her and in their support of our family. I love you all, thank you for loving Piper!
I am thankful for my family, both sides! Piper's aunties and uncles are amazing and we are indebted to each one of you. Laura, your artwork is incredible. James and Nic, the slideshow was a rare gift.
I am thankful for my brave son Peyton who makes me laugh even now, who reminds me of what really matters, who is so courageous and strong, who can cut to the chase and call things as they are, sensing my feelings even if I have tried to disguise them, and who is tender-hearted even while strong.
I am so thankful for my husband. There are just not enough words to say what I am thankful for about this man, but there is no one else I could walk through this with. I am glad you are sharing this road with me and helping me along it.
I am thankful for the amazing acts of kindness done by so many, it truly is a privilege to see this side of people's hearts. I have to list just a few, but please know that if I haven't listed one, it isn't because it meant any less!!! KidsPhoto at Market Mall - you provided the most amazing pictures of Piper at the perfect moments, and have continued to surprise us with your generosity and heart. The crew at Riley's printing - your generosity overwhelmed us! The crew at the funeral home - they tied pink ribbons everywhere they could, going above and beyond. Bearspaw Christian School - I am so thankful for your prayer support, your support of Peyton, your support of our family, and at the incredible show of love when you all wore Pink for Piper! The nurses on Unit 3 - we love you all still! - so many of you visited, and when I heard the Unit was wearing pink on Friday for Piper's memorial I was moved to tears. You all have left such an imprint on my life.
I am thankful for the many that have emailed or connected through this blog or through Facebook to let us know they are supporting us! Thank you!!! You cannot begin to imagine the value each connection has.
I am thankful for the many that read this and don't know what to say, but that pray. There really are no words - I would not know what to say to myself either.
I am thankful that I was able to be part of the most beautiful day last Friday. Thank you to each person that attended Piper's celebration. I would have liked to be able to thank each of you in person, but please know we were so grateful for each and every one of you that attended. The day was magical. It was as close to a wedding celebration as we will get for Piper and that is how it felt many times during the day, as though it was a day to celebrate, to rejoice, to marvel. There must have been many praying throughout this day for our entire family to feel the presence of God so strongly and to have enjoyed so much peace and joy throughout the day. Thank you!
I am thankful for the families that made a long distance trip to celebrate Piper with us Friday. I am thankful for the people who made it possible for these families to come too!!!
I am thankful for all the people who helped make this event one to remember; Bud's thoughtful opening prayer, Kelly's heartfelt words, Marcel and Philip's sweet rendition of The Lord of the Dance, Nicola and James' amazing slide show, Laura's creative programs and magnets, the ladies who brought food and made the day move so smoothly -- each person contributed with their hearts and we appreciated it all.
I am thankful to have been touched by the love of a little girl that will leave me forever changed. I love you forever Piper.
There are certainly so many more that I would like to thank but please know that even if I have not included you in this list in some way, we are still grateful that you are part of this journey.