By: Jennifer Murray

Thankfulness We Can Hold On To

thanksgiving family group hugs

I was brought to tears today by a friend who had to say goodbye to her newborn daughter.  I read her words about saying goodbye to her little frame in her last hours and it shakes me, it breaks my heart, and it forces me to once again give thanks.

We thought we were saying goodbye on Clark’s second day of life.  We thought God’s plan might have involved us loosing them all. I had visions of severely special needs children, with a lifetime of care required.  We didn’t know that He would have this for us. He chose to GIVE instead of take away, and we don’t understand why.

But we are again humbled with thankfulness.

We love them differently knowing that we get to hold them in our arms, rather than visiting a gravesite. And we hold them even tighter knowing…

It’s a thankfulness we can hold on to.

{Happy Thanksgiving to you ALL!  We are grateful that you continue to follow us on this journey. What a gift we’ve been given to share!}

(*Picture by the amazingly talented Casey (Moosh In Indy). So Thankful.)

9 Responses to “Thankfulness We Can Hold On To”

  1. Melissa
    November 23, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Have a happy Thanksgiving enjoying all your little rambunctious blessings 🙂

  2. Pam
    November 23, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you to, this is just the time of the year we remember all we have to be thankful for even though we are thankful throughout the year. You have a beautiful family and thank you for sharing your stories with us! Your friend in East Texas, Pam.

  3. Beth
    November 23, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I am so sorry for your friend’s loss. What a heartbreaking, yet beautiful story.

    Having been blessed with healthy quadruplets is amazing. I am incredibly thankful- more than I could ever put into words, yet hearing stories like this and multiple losses gives me something like survivor’s guilt. I wonder why we were chosen to bring our children home and raise them. I know one day we will be with God and see his whole wonderful plan, but until that day I can’t help but wonder- why us?

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Squeeze your blessings and give thanks!

  4. Crystal
    November 23, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I know what you mean; I’ve had several friends lose babies over the past couple of years and it never gets any easier. We just returned from a trip last month to San Antonio to visit one of my best friend’s baby who is on the heart transplant list at 6 months old. Definitely makes you so grateful.

  5. wardojangton Grandma
    November 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I vividly remember the fear and uncertainty of the risky pregnancy that you endured. We prayed for you and for the four lives in you to have a safe delivery and good health. However, we knew if God chose to be glorified through taking them on to Heaven, we would still accept His Will and praise Him. Now we thank Him every day for all your lives and health. How blessed we are to have 8 healthy grandchildren that we love dearly. God is so good!

  6. Covington Grandma
    November 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Don’t know what happened in my message above….I really do know how to spell Covington after living here 54 plus years. Ha!

  7. Courtney
    November 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Love that picture! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Barbara Manatee
    November 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I Hope you had a wonderful day – I know you give Thanks often!

    Your friend will be in my prayers tonight…

  9. Amelia @ ourdogjess
    November 25, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving day to you guys! The guys are growing up so fast!

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