I'm thankful for:
*My family. This past weekend Bob was out of town. My mom came and spent the night with us so I could get a good night's sleep and she could get up with Payton. Payton was up for a couple of hours in the night and my mom took care of her so I could sleep. It means so much to me - and it's amazing what a good night's sleep can do for one's body. I feel rejuvenated. Thanks, mom.
*Time. As Amy said on her blog it's becoming more and more apparent the biggest job of our lives is not getting our children to make it in this world as adults, it's actually to help our children reach the age of adulthood. I was watching Payton play outside this weekend and suddenly in her face I saw all the features of williams syndrome. The features don't stick out to me like they used to, but for some reason this weekend they did. It's been three years since Payton's diagnosis and still I immediately catch myself praying "Oh God, I'm scared. I don't know if I can do this." We've done it for four years - but yet I still catch myself saying and thinking 'I can't do this'. There is so much to keep track of - medically and developmentally. And because of this - I'm thankful for every second I have with her.
*Patience. I'm so thankful for my husband's patience. He is so good with Payton (and Koen) - and tries to be so patient with her. It's nice to have his help and understanding in all of this.
*Door alarm. Payton escaped outside again this weekend. I hadn't heard Payton in a while and realized she could possibly be outside. I went running out there and sure enough she was in the backyard sitting in a pile of leaves just spacing off. My parents had bought us a door alarm for Christmas because we'd had this problem with Payton before (she just goes out in the freezing cold with no socks or shoes on and just runs around). Needless to say, Bob put it up as soon as he got home this weekend.