Thursday, June 2, 2011

2 years ago today ...

"he is proof that what we all know is lurking out there-the awful and yes,inevitable tragic loss,the unexplainable savage attack,the seemingly insurmountable occurrence-can in fact be survived with love and grace intact,without bitterness or resentment,and with an appreciation for all that follows." ~ Oogy:The Dog Only a Family Could Love


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2 years ago today,Zoey was discharged from CHLA's 4E oncology floor,after waging an 8 month battle against leukemia.We left that place with immense gratitude,for as we walked out those doors,we left behind pieces of our broken hearts.Today we look back at our time spent there,with a mixture of joy and sorrow and we remember with great love,the faces of our fellow warriors who's miracle was not to be and who now watch and inspire us from above.Cancer,and our walk with it,has changed us.Some for the better and some,understandably,for the worse.The loss of our precious friends,children we came to love with all our hearts,the loss of them,in our lives and more importantly,in their families lives,is something I will never,ever,understand.Not in this lifetime.

So today we thank God for guiding our little fighter girl to this day.For strengthening us with His ever present grace during our times of uncertainty.For allowing us to see the beauty in these moments,and the possibilities of all our tomorrows.We put forth all our fervent prayers for those still fighting their courageous and valiant fights and also keep close to our hearts all the families that we came to know and love,that must now somehow learn to navigate this life without their beautiful children.We thank them for journeying beside us and allowing us to glimpse,for all too short of a time,what the true face of courage looks like.We are forever blessed because of it.


13 comments:

Becca said...

Bittersweet. I'm so sad for all of those that didn't make it. And I am also thankful to have been allowed the opportunity to have gotten to know Zoey through this blog over the last year or so. She is a shining light, meant to be here.

The Annessa Family said...

Wow. So many tears when I stop to realize what you have in our life. A little miracle girl! A gift from God, a gift almost taken by God, a gift given back...

Miss Zoey - little wonder...what do you have in store for us? Because surely God has a plan to reveal through you!

Zoey is strong, and her story is one that needs to be told.

I am so grateful that you share her with us, your family with us.

We will be praying for all the little ones who still battle.

Brooke Annessa
www.theannessafamily.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

Amen.

Continued blessings to you and your family --

Karol said...

So thankful that you are holding Zoey close to you tonight.

Anonymous said...

lovely words Annessa Family, well said

Bluebelle/Loraine
(Great Aunt of Zoey Grace)

Reagan Leigh said...

She's amazing, that's for sure. Love that picture of her in the swing! She looks so grown up!

Cammie Heflin said...

So happy for this post. Mainly because I get to see little beauty swinging away with the best grin on her face!! About the lottery, that works both ways you know!!! :)

Rochelle said...

YAHOO! Happy anniversary to you Zoey girl! You are amazing! xoxo

blogzilly said...

I've always said...I can't even begin to think I could ever understand what your life and your battles have been like. But you always seem to find the right words and certainly keep the right level of hope and faith that keeps you...centered enough to be the best mother Zoey could ever hope to have.

Erin B said...

I do believe in the absolute importance of appreciating "each tomorrow" and remembering all of the sweet loves that have touched our lives. Thanks for reminding us to slow down and count our blessings!

Bethany said...

Little Miss Zoey, you certainly are a miracle girl! You are a survivor and a fighter. I can not wait to see the amazing things God has planned for you, because you are already have an amazing testimony and he is no where near done with you yet!

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

A good anniversary to celebrate!

Melissa said...

2 years! Yes, bittersweet sums it up. I'm so glad that Zoey is doing well, but I know those that didn't make it weigh heavily on your heart.