1. We are surrounded by great people: We knew that we had a fantastic family and wonderful friends, but we didn’t realize just how great they truly were. We received so many calls, texts, and messages offering prayers and support that I almost had a hard time keeping up with them! I can’t thank everyone enough for their support!
2. We need to focus on what makes us happy: People have a tendency to get in a rut, especially when nothing is really “wrong”. This shook us up and taught us that life is too short and too precious to be stuck in that rut. We know that our happiness and joy doesn’t come from our external circumstances, but there are things that we need to change.
3. We should not let the little things bother us: I used to let silly things weigh heavily on me. Now, I take a minute to think about whether or not something really matters that much. Yeah, it’s annoying that the driver waited until the last possible second before trying to merge, but does it really make a difference in the long run? We are healthy, we are happy, and we are healing; everything else pales in comparison to those things.
4. We ought to encourage people more often: Over the last week, we have heard from people that we haven’t talked to in ages. It was amazing that so many people took a little time out of their days to encourage us and tell us that they were thinking about us. That meant so much to us, and it made me realize that it doesn’t cost anything to make a difference in someone’s life. I know that sounds like one of those cheesy motivational posters, but it’s true! I’ve started trying to encourage at least one person a day, and it has honestly made a difference in how I feel also.
5. We are strong, and we will survive: I knew that we had a solid relationship, but this proved just how solid it really is. We took turns being “the strong one” and just letting the other one cry, vent, or talk about what was weighing on us. We were able to go through this together, and it has just made us get better and better. We’re still not out of the woods; I have to go back to the doctor every week and have blood drawn to make sure everything is progressing as it should, but we know that the absolute worst part is over and we are going to start moving forward.
Thank you again to everyone who took the time to reach out to us. I promise that the next post will be a lot lighter!