November 27, 2013 Evening
It is the night before Thanksgiving....the past week, my emotions have been all over the place. I have tried to occupy my time with very positive things. Yesterday, Bailey had a half day of school...I started my day, after dropping off Bailey at Girl’s Preparatory School (GPS), at Walmart at the foot of Signal Mountain. I purchased shampoo and conditioner and bandaides for care packages another oncolgy family is doing...love, love, love that family! And I purchased some turkeys for families for Thanksgiving. GPS does a turkey train and they gather turkeys for needy families, I returned Turkeys to GPS and moved on to breakfast with a Bible Study friend that I love so much. I ran a few errands and returned to GPS in time for the Terpsicord (GPS’s Dance Company) Thanksgiving Concert. I really think, it was the best! I loved every performance. I started out watching knowing, I would be ask, “What was your favorite?” I did not have one...but the last song and dance brought me to a very worshipful place...it was truly beautiful..”Amazing Grace” performed by the entire company...very worthy of the standing ovation at the end. I am so thankful I attended.
Today, Bailey and I have spent most of the day together. We had lunch, ran some errands and then went on an adventure. We drove to Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. to go to a particular store. Well, I did not want to get back on the interstate because the other drivers seemed scattered, driving faster than me (and that is fast)...just did not feel safe. So we left Fort O and went on an adventure....we drove through the Chickamauga Battlefield and down many unfamiliar roads, but finally made our was to a familar intersection and Bailey took over driving. After many miles, we ended up in what will be our new neighborhood. We had a good visit with close friends and then ventured to our construction site. It was after 3 o’ clock and I thought everyone may have already left, but they were hard at work. The air was very cold and the wind chill in the low 20’s. We checked out progress and wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and moved on...Bailey and I still did a little more shopping and we had a couple of things to purchase at the grocery store. After arriving home, I checked my email and was happy to have Christmas list for 2 oncology families that friends will shop for Christmas. It was even more exciting feeling the excitement of one friend that plans to shop. Then, I had a text that alerted me to something not so happy....As we enter tomorrow and this special season, remember those who are struggling, some fighting for their lives, some freshly grieving the lose of a loved one, some grieving the lose of their young child...some trying to understand WHY...I will never understand why we lost Christian at such a young age. I miss her every single hour of everyday, but despite my deep grief and longing and physical pain....I can still find some JOY. I know Christian continues to live with us...her legacy and gifts touch lives everyday. Today, I am thankful for Chris, Bailey and Christian....I am truly blessed. - Robyn Bryant