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Thursday, November 22, 2007

We are thankful for friends and family


What I am thankful for this Holliday season is to be together with my kids. Last year at this time, Shanna & I were getting ready to leave for SLC to go to our appointment to see the OB/GYN on Nov. 24th. Shanna was going to stay at the hotel by herself for two weeks while I came home to be with the kids. The plan was that Shanna has family in SLC to keep an eye on her and we wanted to keep our kids in school as long as we could. The day of the appointment Shanna started having contractions. She was 32 weeks along and Ashton’s lungs hadn’t developed yet. She was put on, Nifedipine to stop her contractions, and given steroids to help move the lung development along a little faster. Everyday we were on edge keeping Shanna rested as much as possible, so that she didn’t go into labor. A month we were in the hotel before Ashton was born. We saw our kids on two separate occasions for about 2 hours each time in that month. Long story short, Ashton was born, he had surgery and we were out of there in time to be home late on Dec. 23rd. What a Christmas present. When we walked through the door, we found our living room to be full of presents. What a wonderful night that was to be together again at home. I am thankful to be home with all of my children! The Garth Brooks song the Dance comes to mind tonight. I could have missed the pain, but I’d of had to miss the dance. My testimony has been strengthened a great deal this past year and I owe it to a lot of people. My family could not have made it through this last year alone. So many people have helped in so many ways. I am thankful for good friends and family and I am glad to have Intermountain Healing Hearts and the families who support each other. I felt so alone at this time last year and now I know that I am not alone.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone,


Jenn said...

Just wanted to say hello. It was so nice to meet you two at Ian's service. Thanks so much for coming and for all the support you have given us along the way. You have truly been appreciated. We would love to talk more sometime. We can usually find a good reason to go to Idaho Falls. Our email is We'll try to get together sometime or something. Thanks again for all the nice things you have done for our little family. It truly is an honor to have these heart babies in our families, isn't it?
Justin & Jenn Pearson

Natalya said...

Well said.