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It’s easier to be thankful with this baby around! ❤

Hi everyone! First off, Ivan and I owe a giant THANK YOU for all the love, prayers, and concern we received after Ivan’s post 10 days ago. The love God shows us through you all is literally a pillar of support for each new trial we face. So, from the bottom of our hearts: thank you!!

From the medical side, I wish I had more positive news to report, but we haven’t made it that far yet. Some of you may know that I spent the Sunday night and Monday after Ivan’s post as an inpatient in the neurology unit at Stanford, but we will need to do a more extensive test before we get good, solid answers to share with you all.

But in the meantime….it’s THANKSGIVING! I don’t think there’s any mistake in the timing of all this: what better challenge from the Lord than to seek a thankful heart in the midst of uncertainty and waiting? So here’s some things we would be very remiss if we didn’t celebrate this week:

  1. I can walk, talk, eat, and think! Just around this time last year, all of those were thrown into serious jeopardy.
  2. God has placed us in the perfect location for our needs at the moment (close to my parents, Kaiser, and Valley Christian).
  3. God worked through many people – especially our loving and concerned Hillside family – to provide a job for Ivan that placed us in the ideal location I just described.
  4. MY FAMILY. I literally have no idea where we would be without them. I think we all hoped that Mom would have graduated from extensive “babysitting” and medical care duties by now. But even as these needs resurface so unexpectedly, she’s jumped back in with her whole heart, and Dad and Anna have been right beside her. Not to mention the five months she spent living with us in Riverside earlier this year.
  5. Ivan. He’s embraced more pressure and responsibility than anyone could say was reasonable for a 23/24 – year-old…and done it with a consistent faith in God’s love and unwavering love for me…no matter what my latest “problem” happens to be. As we approach our second anniversary, I really can’t imagine a better best friend or husband.

And last, because He is the most important….I’m thankful for our loving Heavenly Father. No matter how difficult each day may be, I’m thankful we can cling to what we know of Him. He created us, saved us, loves us unconditionally. He saw and planned the end of my and Ivan’s journey before we were born, or met each other –  much less started the beginning of it almost a year ago. And the best part is: He never makes mistakes.

5 thoughts on “Giving Thanks No Matter What!

  1. Dear Grace,

    Thank you for being such a consistent example of Philippians 4. The peace that God promises starts with rejoicing in him and praying to him. So many times, I don’t think to thank and praise God until things settle into place, and I really appreciate your reminder to stop in the middle of everything to thank God! It gives us the right perspective as we head into the next place he leads us. Bless you!

    Have a precious Thanksgiving with your family,
    Samantha Elliott

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  2. All I can say is that you are so amazing! I know that with the Lord we can do the impossible. And I believe that is what you have been doing and are doing with the Lord’s strength. You are such a witness through your blog and I’m sure to the doctors and others that you come in contact with as you receive medical care. I pray you have a good Thanksgiving and can eat some of those wonderful dishes that are prepared for you. Praying for you and Ivan and your family.

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  3. This is so beautifully written , Grace. You encourage me as I read your posts. I pray for a wonderful day for you and Ivan. I look forward to meeting you face to face in the near future. God is so good and faithful.

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  4. Walk, talk, think and eat, Grace. I’ll think of you each time I do any of those things. Praying for you, for Ivan, for your families. God bless you all. Keep on truckin’…

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