Saturday, December 26, 2009
Simply Amazing Gifts ....
I received Christmas gifts from my family this year,that left me in an absolute heap on the floor.No joke.I opened the first,an amazing,amazing picture book, put together by Taylor,saw the front and was a goner from there.I said and I quote,"If this is the only gift I get,my Christmas is complete."Well,Caitlin proceeded to pull out the mother of all ... my blog ... published.My blog,in hardcover,from entry one,on March 16,2008 to Zoey's leukemia diagnosis on October 27,2008.Every entry,every picture,every single,solitary comment,all published.The cover is beautiful,the back is beautiful,the inside jacket is beautiful,her words written at the very beginning,beautiful(I re-posted them below.)Two other books are in the works.The next book beginning with the day after diagnosis,up until her release from the hospital in June 2009.The 3rd will take us from home at the end of chemo,through the next year.I was blown away.The work and more importantly the love,poured into these books,just takes my breath away.My gifts finished with another present that revolves around the most important thing in my life,in fact they are my life:my family.I was given a Flip video minoHD camcorder,to record all of our beautiful moments,especially while on the go.I am blessed.Of course I already knew this and it wasn't because of the material gifts I received but rather the love that was expressed so unselfishly to me, by my children.By my husband.Our Christmas was amazing.Simply amazing.But my true gift,the ultimate gift is the gift of these beautiful souls that surround me.They are simply amazing.More Christmas pictures to come ....
*I wish I could show you the entire book by Taylor.Not only the pictures but the captions as well.The first page reads:
"For a mom who graciously gives,constantly perseveres,and never ceases to inspire ..May this book be a reminder of how much each of us love you and how much you have blessed us all."
Do you see why I lost it??Feel free to click on any of these pictures posted and that will enlarge them for you.
*Here is what Caitlin wrote in the front of the blog book:
These pages capture our moments. The beautiful, the tough, the heartbreaking, the amazing. Simple moments and moments filled with uncertainty and pain. Incredible moments of victory and defiance against the odds. All of these moments delivered to us through the existence of one miraculous being, our Zoey Grace.
Who would have known that an online journal would be able to reach out and touch so many? Could we have guessed that Zoey’s journey and your journey as her mother and as a writer would inspire, unite, and encourage countless people? Your writing has been raw and real. Your words have been eloquent and honest. Your messages have given hope. Your heart and its goodness have been revealed through the power of your thoughts which you have selflessly transcribed into a timeless space that immortalizes moments.
Because of your diligence and commitment to sharing, we are able to reflect and rejoice. What a precious gift.
May these pages be a tangible version of what was before only accessible through the computer. Look through them with pride. This is your beautiful work.
Continue writing, continue capturing our moments.