Another milestone has passed in our year of firsts. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we survived, though not without a few scars. Richard and I are in Kansas, but the kids were all with other parts of the family (or country) so it was a quiet day for us. Sometimes I think we are so busy that the grieving process may take longer because we don’t have time to just let go. Thanksgiving was a day for us to just remember.

If you knew David, you know that food was a big part of his life, so this holiday that revolves around family and food was particularly hard. We also have a dear friend who’s son passed away on Thanksgiving, and we always feel her pain on this holiday.

Through it all, though, we are thankful. We have three other healthy kids who are in various stages of starting their own young adult lives. We have family and friends who love us and support us. We have a good home and food on our table. And yes, we have a hole that will never be filled in our hearts.

This world is filled with pain. You can choose to dwell in it or push past it. We are determined to push past. We are also determined to help find a cure for this disease so that other families won’t have to suffer the way ours has. Each of us can make a difference, and it is so important that we find those little things we can do for each other to make the world a better place. I hope that each of you are able to find some little things to do this holiday season.

May God bless you all.

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