I didn't actually hear this news on the 14th, I heard it on the 12th. As many of you know, my dad was diagnosed with leukemia almost 1.5 years ago. He has fought a great fight, along with the help and support of my mom and siblings, and on the 12th he had a blood test. The whole family always stresses out on these days, and they happen every 3 months. On the one hand, you want the test so you know he's doing well and the chemo has worked. But on the other, you are dreading what the results might be. I didn't realize until AFTER I woke him up by calling too early (oops, one of the hazards of the time zone difference), so I had tried to get off the phone with him as fast as possible. Then my mom mentioned the test was that day and I barely thought of anything else, until I got the call at 4.30 that his counts were good and all is well for another 3 months.
I am so, so grateful for every day now. His getting sick really put life and family and everything in perspective for me. Every day is valuable. I really look for those moments of joy in each day... and usually I get at least 1 per day! I'm so grateful for my dad and all the things he has taught me... either through lectures in the living room or by living as an example. I love you Dad!!! Keep fighting!
Finally... I got to be thankful today that soccer was cancelled. It looks like we've got one more week left, and I can't wait for it to be over. NO ONE in our family wants to be ANYWHERE at 9 am on a Saturday morning. Least of all a freezing cold soccer field with a crazy toddler running around, trying to steal the ball, take the cones, and get tangled up in the goal net. Oh yes, today I was very thankful for the rain so we could stay home. One more week! I'm praying for no night games to "make up" what we've missed. Let's just let it go, people. Let it go.
Oh this is going to sound evil... but I was thankful today that S is still a bit under the weather, and so am I, and so is Oz. We were just sick enough to rationalize skipping stake conference, which I heard was amazing. I wish we could have watched it from home. At least the attic got organized and we got some awesome hang time at home. And the Palmers fed us not one but TWO meals... crepes for breakfast and burritos for dinner. How can you not be thankful for that? We are lucky devils. And now I'm really thankful I can take this laptop up to bed and watch 30 Rock on it. Horray for laptops!