Tonight I went to the gym for the first time since being sick and was surprised by the amount of energy I had. I ran for a while and didn't get off the treadmill until it read at least 500 calories burned. Who knows if that's what was really burned, but it felt really really good.
I worked on my legs and was able to press more weight than I have been able to in a long time.
Today is my dad's birthday. I love him so much. He's strong in every meaning of the word, yet as the years have passed, he progressively weakens at just the sight of his children or grandchildren. He's a teddy bear and I love him so so much. I can't wait to visit this summer.
I read through some of Samantha's old medical records today. We've come a long way and I was filled with hope and peace seeing her progress...medically. In the past couple years, there's been no rushing to the ER because seizures won't stop. There's been no emergency medication administered. We've been on relatively even ground the past couple years, and though I expect that won't last forever, I'm enjoying this time in our lives.
Standing across the room from me today, I looked at Callie. She smiled her huge grin and said, "I love you Mommy." Her sincerity struck me and my eyes filled with tears. At the same moment, I was stunned at her beauty. Her smile transforms her entire face. It lights up and she is just gorgeous.
Marcus took care of our taxes today. I so much appreciate this job he does for our family. I don't want to mess with that -- even though year after year he has to call me to gather some information last minute, I'd so rather gather that little information than sit and take care of it all.
We have a place to stay that is rent-free.
While I was sick, my mother-in-law helped me so much...letting me sleep in, taking care of Callie while I was dead to the world...and not realizing she was doing this until I would wake up at NOON!!! She has secured angel status.
My father-in-law still is smiling today and asking how my keys are doing. He was just as excited as I was when I found them. That's love.
Colin called to ask us if we wanted him to get pizza for us tonight. It was thoughtful.
Analisa wrote about Samantha for the book I'm working on and it brought tears to my eyes as she read it.
I'm feeling really extremely grateful for my life tonight. I live a full life, and I'm grateful.