You may remember this post from a little while back. Today I am grateful that this family is a part of my life, even though we are separated by distance these days.
I first met Renee properly very shortly after our eldest was born. It was a time of high stress and emotion. Her family lived a few houses down from ours, but she knew of our situation because we both posted on the same forum. When my son was a few days old she came to the door with a gift for him.
When I was a little more on top of things, I went down to her place with our baby and we had a coffee and a chat. I discovered that not only was she an amazing Mum, but that she was a caring, giving and loving friend as well. Over time I got to know the story behind their family and to this day it amazes me how much they coped with in such a short space of time.
If you were to meet the family, you would see two adoring parents and six beautiful, beloved children. You would not see the ill health that plagued them once. You would not see the scars they carry. But it may strike you that their attitude to life is a little different to others.
They embrace every day. Because they know how easily it could have been so different.
Because of them, I embrace every day too. Even the hard ones. Even the tiring ones. Even the ones where I wonder if the monotony will ever end. Because the monotony is a blessing in itself.
Yesterday saw 10 years since Mark received his new heart. To celebrate the gift of life he was given, and to honour the family who made it possible they wore red, as did I and many others.
Today I am thankful for life. I am thankful to a family who gave my friends the life they live today. I want that family to know that in choosing to donate organs in their time of loss, they have touched so many people's lives including my own.
It is Thursday. I am thankful. Are you?