Saturday, July 23, 2011

gracias

chloe's treatment on friday was much better.
since we didn't have to go to clinic after radiation,
she was able to enjoy a cinnamon roll at the wealthy street bakery.

she was tired in the afternoon and spiked a fever.
we are not sure if it was from the heat,
but she improved after going upstairs in our air-conditioned bedroom.

it was a rough night,
she was restless and kip and i were anxious.
a fever of 101.1 means a trip to the ER.

today was much better,
she wasn't quite herself, but her temperature was normal.

we even got to go swimming at a dear friend's pool.
she swam with us and we just enjoyed playing together.
chloe followed that up with a huge nap and a good dinner.

we continue to be amazed by the outpouring of love from so many,
we have received cards, gifts, treats, meals, financial support, e-mails and prayers.
we are speechless,
humbled,
we don't know what to do.
other than to say thank you.

we know that there are so many out there
with greater needs than ours.
we receive your grace
and learn from your example.

we now know what it is to receive
and long for the opportunity to give
to others who have need.

it reminds me of a quote from a book i read
when kip and i visited mexico.

“And slowly I learned. I learned what I must have forgotten somewhere in my busy, well-planned, and very “useful” life. I learned that everything that is, is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents, and grandparents, birth and death – it is all given to us. Why? So that we can say gracias, thanks: thanks to God, thanks to each other, thanks to all and everyone.”

- Henri Nouwen, Gracias

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