April 27, 2008

Not A Day Goes By...

I'll hear people say, "I thank God everyday" for certain things like family, health, what have you. And I am sure many of those people really do thank God everyday. But many say they do and really don't. We might go through a rough time in our lives and say "I'll do anything" for things to be ok. Then when everything is normal again, off we go with our normal lives.

It's been almost 1 year since Noah came off his special diet. And close to 3 years seizure-free. I can honestly say that not a day or night goes by without me thanking the Lord for Noah's healing. That my Noah is here. That he is seizure-free. That he is a normal little boy. That he wakes up in the morning. That he can go to school. When I greet him good morning. When I check on him at night. Sometimes I just say thank you. That's just enough.


I imagine that I'll never really forget. Months will go by without me hearing myself yelling to my hubby to call 911! Over and over it used to play in my head. My stomach would drop like rollercoasters when I didn't think I could possibly take it anymore. But now it's all tucked away. Visions of Noah at his worst have been replaced by years now of a healthy, happy, laughing, talking boy full of life and full of promise.

I don't want anyone to have to lose or almost lose life to truly appreciate it. There are just too many things and people and blessings and situations to be thankful for that get overshadowed by worries and things that are so unimportant and so irrelevant. Life should be lived. Not put off for tomorrow or punished because of what
happened yesterday.


Noah's growing up, right before our very eyes it seems, and when many parents wish their kids would 'just stay little' I must admit that I am so very grateful to watch this little boy grow up. Because he can. We were told he might end up in an institution. I don't even want to know what that life is like. I just know it wasn't in the plans for us. I am so thankful. Each one of my precious babies... how is it possible that my heart has enough room for how much I love them?
Sometimes I just say thank you. And that's just enough.

Originally posted 6/25/07

30 comments:

  1. When I say I thank God everyday for the fact that our children are high-functioning autistic and not severe, I really do mean that I do it everyday. It used to be multiple times a day, but now those multiples are down to one or two. So many parents have to endure so much more difficult lives than we do, and that reality is sobering. We also thank Him every day for bringing Charlie back from whatever world he was living in, and into our world. I can't imagine not being able to get to know this perfect child.

    Your sweeties are some of the most genuinely loving kids I've ever met. Thanks for this post.

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  2. You are so very blessed! And your thankfulness is evident. :-) Have a great day!

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  3. That is great that he is doing so well and that your family is able to see and appreciate his progress. I hope that he continues to do well!

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  4. I'm so glad to know your story. God works in wonderful ways. You have a beautiful family and those pictures of Noah are so sweet.

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  5. I Thank God daily as well for Noah's healing. He is an amazing little, growing boy. It just brings me such joy to be able to watch him eat normal food and run and play. These pictures show the angelic Noah. He is so loved.

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  6. An incredible blessing indeed! And what an adorable smiling little face Noah has. A precious reminder, I'm sure, of just how full and wonderful life can be.

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  7. He is a little miracle!

    I completely understand, not a day goes by that I don't marvel in the fact X is alive, that he is healthy, that it all really behind us!

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  8. See, these are the reasons that show God is real to so many people. He is powerful, and His will can be done!

    YEah, so glad Mr. Noah is doing well!

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  9. What a great reminder, Steph. It is amazing how God worked in Noah's life and in the lives of the rest of your family during the hard times. His healing is definitely something to be thankful for!

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  10. it's wonderful to hear your gratitude and the acknowledgement of how blessed you are.

    it's so often missed...or forgotten.

    blessings to you! = )

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  11. I loved this, and I felt the love in your heart. What an amazing testimony that little man is. You are so very blessed. (he is being so cute in those pictures!)

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  12. I don't know Noah but I too am thankful he's seizure free. He looks and sounds precious.
    Stephanie
    Beauitiful reminder that it is truly the small miracles in life that make life AMAZING. Noah's smile, his enchantment with the flowers...

    Thanks for including Warm Bisciut in your blog!

    Vicki Bodwell
    WarmBiscuit.com

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  13. Oh this is such a beautiful post. It's so nice to have the distance of time and to be able to look back and be thankful.

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  14. Hi Stephanie,
    I read your blog everyday(I found your site from Metropolitan Mama's blog) I just wanted to tell you that I absolutly love your blog. This post is so beautiful and you and your family are so blessed. Noah is so adorable.

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  15. Happy with you! And yay for Noah, that he can live with freedom from the fear of seizures.

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  16. I am so happy for Noah, and all of you, of course. I have no doubt in my mind that your devotion to God made Noah's life possible.
    You're a great example, Steph.

    Go enjoy that not-so-little-anymore boy of yours!

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  17. Look at that sweet boy. As always, I am humbled when I think about your story with him, how you searched for answers and followed your instinct . . . and then succeeded. Congratulations to both of you.

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  18. Thankfulness is easy when the going is good, but I need to remember to be thankful during the difficult times, as well.

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  19. what a blessing! it is good to remember the God has done. praise Him for noah's life and the hope you are able to offer others through sharing his story!

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  20. So glad that Noah is happy and healthy and growing! What a sweet heartfelt post! :-)

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  21. how awesome how thankful you are for the children you have been given. Amazing and honest!

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  22. That was precisely the reminder and message I needed today. I know it's not about me. Thank you for putting into words something I've been struggling with.

    Amanda

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  23. I honestly do thank God for my children every night before I go to bed. I am just so grateful. I imagine you are even more aware of your gratitude when you go through something as scary as you did.
    God is so good.
    Beautiful post. :)

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  24. This post made me SOB, Steph! It was SO beautiful!

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  25. beautiful! I'm so thankful your son has been healed!
    I have a challenge to myself to make sure I'm thankful for what I have. So many times we get caught up in what we want that we don't realize how beautiful what we have is.

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  26. He is beautiful and precious! What a miracle! Praise God. Our son was on a ventilator at birth and was very sick. I remember praying over him for days that never seemed to end. Now, he's 10 months and really healthy and I still thank God for him daily.

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  27. I can't imagine how blessed you must feel. I have never had that same kind of situation with my girls, but I do know that after having children, I've never felt closer to the Lord.

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  28. There have been a couple of unexpected deaths in our community lately, and I have been thinking a lot about how I take so many things for granted. Thanks so much for this post. It is beautiful. And your baby boy is ABSOLUTELY DARLIN'!

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