I just wanted to stop and say thanks to my family. First, to my Mom and Dad who put there lives on hold for a month so that they could be with me. They were always here waiting on me hand and foot even after I got better and could do many things for myself. They made it possible for me to concentrate on getting better and stronger and managing my medications rather than having to worry about groceries and meals and washing clothes and all of the other things have to be done to run this “house.” More importantly they provided love and support and encouragement. Their company was comforting and made this process go so fast, smooth and pleasant.
Lastly, they have made it possible for me to work everyday for the last 2 weeks so that I wouldn’t be “behind at the office” and could continue my production. Also, they made it possible for Sheila to work and for the girls to be in school and be about their usual routines. Without Mom and Dad this would have been an impossible task. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you and I love you.
To Sheila, Lauren and Allison: Thank you for your love and support and coming to Dallas the last three weekends to be with Dad. I know that you would have had it no other way….but that is what make the three of you special. Sheila, thanks for running the house in Lufkin by yourself and managing to get the girls to every activity by yourself and never ever complaining one single time. You continue to be a rock of faith and the best wife any man could ask for. I know that no matter what happens in the future that with you by my side we can endure or accomplish whatever needs to be done. Thank you and I love you. Lauren and Allison, you endured all the disruption in your lives with grace and understanding and not one single complaint. Your maturity and thoughtfulness is beyond your tender years. You have been shining examples of wonderful children and I am truly blessed to be your Dad. Thank you and I love you.
Family, love, support, caring, compassion. All blessings of this event. All things I’ve experience before, but will never look upon the same.
God and his Son Jesus have given us the example. I feel that Mom, Dad, Sheila, Lauren and Allison lived up to that example in the last month. Now is the time to see that example spread to other venues. Where do we next show love, support, compassion and caring? Will it be to our own family in a time of need? Or possibly to an stranger who God puts in our path so that the love of Christ might be shown? I don’t know where it will be and nor do you. Just be ready with an open heart and mind and don’t be afraid to engage in a conversation. Conversation alone shows you care and you never know where it will lead…..or where God will lead you. It is kind of scary until you realize that God is in control and you are not.
And to my “new” family: Keith and Kate and their children. Thanks for being selfless, Christ centered, loving people who put me and my family first. Your gift will never be forgotten and will be told for generations. Hopefully, we can share our experiences and encourage others to be organ donors. Hopefully, we can show the professionalism and compassion of lawyers. But mainly, Keith and Kate have shown unselfish love and compassion to another family — the type described in John 15. May we all learn from Keith and Kate to put our faith on the line when it really counts.
Tomorrow is 3 weeks post transplant surgery. I’ve been truly blessed. I give the glory to God to whom I say “thanks.” And, I give thanks for the blessing of a wonderful family and extended family that has made life grand. I love you all very much.