I just wanted to do a quick post about how grateful I am for some of the blessings in my life right now. Obviously, it has been a rough few months for us. Our lives changed forever on June 23 when we found out about Kaitlyn's spina bifida. That first week I spent reeling with the newness of the diagnosis and coming to terms with the changes we would be facing. But since then, I feel that my Heavenly Father has blessed our family so much. First with strength and knowledge that we were capable and able to face this new challenge. Then with appreciation and gratitude that I get to be the mother of 3 amazing little children that I am crazy about. Kaitlyn will be a special little girl, just like my Damon and Audrey are special little ones. We are so grateful for the blessing it is to be parents. Since then, we have had the opportunity to make a difference in Kaitlyn's life through a surgery that only about 75 women in the country have had since 2004. It feels amazing to know that we had the blessing to intervene in the middle of this pregnancy to help our little girl. During all of this, I have had a husband who has been available to take care of me and keep me company. There is no one I would rather spend time with, and we've been so lucky that he has been here. Also, we have such incredible family support. Without my family in Hurricane, and Kendall's in Corona, there is no way we could have participated in this study. Our children have been in such loving and capable hands. They have rearranged their lives to care for Damon and Audrey, and have brought them to us so that we don't have to go for months without them. And before that, when we first came out here, my cousin Ariel and many friends in our ward back in Texas helped care for our kids for that first week when we weren't yet sure whether we'd qualify for the surgery. Also, when Kendall went to Texas to interview last week, his Aunt Donna dropped everything at the last minute to come stay with me, and we are so thankful that she was able to come out. Tomorrow night, my brother Mike is driving our babies to San Francisco to stay with us for the long haul. We appreciate the sacrifice he is making, to bring them to us and help us to take care of them in the Family House. I have never felt so much love and support in my life as I have these last 2 months.
At first I thought that I would never be able to get through the rest of this pregnancy without crying every day, and fighting off depression, but I have since felt so much strength and appreciation for the blessings in my life. The more we have learned about spina bifida and met children and families dealing with it, the greater appreciation we have that this will be something our family can manage, and that everything is going to work out. Many others we know are dealing with so much more difficult circumstances. Since we have been staying here at the Family House, we have met some amazing people who have been coping with cancer, and I am so astounded at their strength and courage. We have also had friends who have lost children, and I marvel at the grace and faith they have shown during the most devastating of times. I truly do believe that our Heavenly Father will not give us more than we can handle, and that he will be there to comfort and support us through whatever new challenge we are chosen to face. I appreciate so much the prayers that have been offered for our family, and have felt overwhelmed with love from all of our family and friends. So thank you all for making this experience a little bit easier for us to handle. We are so grateful.