Thankfulness

We remain grateful that Kohen has been recovering from his surgery (and enduring his continued chemotherapy treatments) remarkably well. And as a continuation from my previous post, we wish to extend our gratitude to all those who have helped us through these past five months (even in unique ways like the Spinuzzi family who raffled off livestock as a fundraiser) and those who—in spite of all the chaos, turmoil, and uncertainty that is occurring with the flu—have continued to provide encouragement to Kohen and ease the burden on our family. This includes Jill Hettrick who sends gifts to Kohen, Deborah Hayes who sends books and gifts to Kohen, Jill and Glenn Chatfield who sends cheerful cards to Kohen, Bob Rispoli (and the “Red Head”) who continues to be a prolific fundraiser that never rests, and Tim and Shayne Wuth who have opened their arms to us with continued assistance and spiritual encouragement.

With everything going on in the world right now, it amazes us that Kohen is still thought of, cared for, and loved much, by so many kind and generous people.

I plan on providing a more detailed update on Kohen’s current progress (including sharing the details of yet another trip to the ER for one of my other kids) in the next installment of The Kohen Chronicles, but for now I’ll conclude this update by sharing something Courtney wrote recently about thankfulness. It’s a good reminder.

Somewhere around 2 years ago I purchased the sign at the end of our hallway. I strategically placed it there so that as my children often walk that long hallway, they will have nothing else to see but that sign and be reminded of all the things for which they should give thanks to God for. Little did I know, that very sign would be my frequent reminder.

This path of cancer, surgery, and utter chaos in our lives has not been easy, but there is so much to be thankful for and so many roads that I would consider to be much more trying than this. So praise God that He is in control and we can rest in faith.

We are so thankful for the many people that have come forward to encourage us and bless us. And also for those that have walked this path before us and are now willing to walk it once again alongside of us.