“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” – A.A. Milne
There are many, many, things Dan and I cannot wait to teach Walter. But at the forefront of these is a desire that he will be humbled by life’s many gifts, and show sincere gratitude to those people who pray, help, and hold him along the way. This little boy has seen and felt so much love already in his little life, that I look forward to the day when he truly is able to comprehend it’s gravity, and do for others in return.
I’ve had a lot of tears the past few days: ugly, balling, happy, sweet, “I can’t believe you guys” kind of tears.
From the messages, texts, notes, hugs, prayers, calls, and so on…
To my own parents and my in-laws who have rallied around us with support and a fighting spirit – we could not be more grateful to have such beautiful examples of marriage and parenting as we embark on our own journey.
To these guys:
My fellow Stroller Warriors and neighbors: The Whitney Family, Kieffer Family, Cain Family, Tait Family, Krueger Family , McMillan Family, Antoine Family, Reyes Family, and the Richmond Family, who surprised us with a beautiful card, sweet notes, lots of prayers, and unbelievably generous gifts…you have truly moved us beyond words. Thank you for being part of our Marine Corps family here. I don’t know that we have ever felt quite so much love in one special place.
Walter’s life angels: (AKA incredible blood donors) Violet Sarosi, Rosalind Albert-Heaney and family, Joslynn Jarrett-Skelton and Family, Benjamin Smyth, Susan Rigamat, and James Nesbitt. You have given Walter what is in my opinion the most pure and beautiful gift possible. Blood cannot be merely manufactured and purchased, nor is it always readily available or of the highest quality. It will never cease to amaze me the lengths at which you have gone to help us, and your gift will never be forgotten. Knowing that fresh blood of family and friends will keep Walter alive – even while his heart is stopped – gives me insurmountable hope for the future. Thank you. We are forever in your debt.