"To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous andAs we sit and enjoy
noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven. " Thomas Menton
When the high school students met Finley and took on our cause and made it close to their hearts, I didn't have the words.
When we saw that the number was at $48,000 and that people are STILL calling in even with the telethon being over, I didn't have the words.
But I do have the gratitude. Every person we have encountered in the last year that has asked about Finley, given to the foundation, volunteered their time, said a kind word, sent us a card or email telling us they are thinking about us, every person that keeps going out of their way to help our family and make all of this a little easier, I am grateful.
If there was ever any doubt that there were more good hearted people in this world than bad, that truth can be told through these acts we have seen for Finley. I still shake my head in disbelief when I think about what has been done to make Finley's life better this past year. What over 1000 people have done for one little 4 year old girl.
You would be blown away too.
Thank you isn't the right word. Even forever grateful doesn't touch on what we feel in our hearts for the people who have helped us this year. We feel so much less alone, and know that all of you will stand with us and be there for us, no matter what happens with Finley's sight in the end.
I think that once everything is in for the telethon, plus all of the company matches and the money we have in our Fund already - we WILL reach our goal of $70,000. We started this fund less than 6 months ago. Who would have thought we would have reached our first annual goal so soon. And it is because of every.single.one.of.you.
Our hearts are light this year. The heavyness we felt last year at this time just a few short months after Finley's diagnosis is more distant. And I have decided that isn't because we are getting more used to the idea. No, it is because of who surrounds us and the love we feel for our family. We have a renewed strength to fight as hard as we can.
And we also have our new RDH12 LCA family as well. Bella. Bill. Lily. Abigail. Marie. The children who are just like Finley. We wouldn't be here without them. They are Finley's brothers and sisters in this journey, and they will be going through it with her. I hope she takes comfort in growing up knowing these kids and knowing that they are just like her. They will be there to support each other, and our families will be together. That also helps us sleep better at night.
While we don't know what the future holds for Finley's sight, we know that our spunky girl is going to have a full, fun life. We will make it so - no matter what. And we know all of you are there too! We are truly lucky, and very blessed.
Enjoy your holiday. We will be traveling on Tuesday, so I won't be able to blog until next weekend. But let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it".
Words to live by.