11/24/09

thankful + a giveaway



so... when we bought our house, i didn't mention that we live about a 5 minute walk away from st. joe's hospital.... and that's if you walk slooooowly. it's the hospital that you want to go to if given a chance. also, the only hospital in town with a helicopter pad. i tell you this so i can tell this story.



this year has been a strange year for me and my family. i knew in my bones that 2009 was going to be a rough year... buying a house, my kids changing schools was going to be disruptive but i didn't know 2009 was going to knock me upside of my head and persistently mock me and my family. i could give you a laundry list of crap that has happened...

-serious talks of layoffs, for rich, my dad and step mom

-car problems, from a tree dropping branches on both of my cars, causing an amount of damage that makes me blush, to dead batteries and flat tires... and rich fastidiously maintains our cars... so you imagine how frustrated he is.

-a trip to the er

-health scare for me

-pneumonia twice for my little itty bitty nephew

-cancer (not me)

-school: to long term subs for my kids, plus no books or schedules for about the first week of school

-and let's not even get into plumbing and what a racket that is

-soccer equipment stolen, please explain to me who needs a backpack, a uniform, soccer ball, warm ups all embroidered in with nancy's initials and/or name

-a death of 2 beloved uncles

and that's only a taste of what has been going on this year...



so with all this crap going on lately i just try to get through the day with my head down. hoping that something doesn't break, explode, die... you get the picture. i mean wouldn't you do that too? it's that ostrich head in the sand deal.



then about a month after we moved in i started noticing the helicopters coming and going at st. joe's. they literally swoop in making that thump thump thump noise. it's kinda cool watching it from the second story of our house.

then the helicopter at three in the morning happened...

when a helicopter wakes you up at three in the morning it gives you pause, especially when it's landing at a hospital. nothing good happens at a hospital at three a.m. something really bad has happened if a helicopter has to come to take you somewhere else for medical care. i realized not even five minutes from my house someone's life has been put on hold. someone is getting bad news... someone doesn't care about my water heater, car problems, talk of layoffs. they are dealing with something far worse and suddenly my problems seem fairly easy to fix... that night and every time since then when i see a medical helicopter, i stop what i am doing and send good thoughts their way because compared to what they are going through my problems are small potatoes.



so i'm thankful... it took something as drastic as a medical helicopter to take notice but that's me.

tell me what you are thankful for... and on monday i'll announce a winner and send you a copy of pioneer woman's cookbook.


24 comments:

Jennifer said...

Those moments. The ones that bring you out of your head, back into the larger picture. The ones that make you acutely aware of the blessings in your life that you have been overlooking. Those are invaluable moments.
I'm pretty boring, in the things for which I am grateful. I'm grateful for the health of my loved ones. That we have insurance and secure income, enough to eat, and safe homes. Small things that mean the world.
Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving, Krysta.

Sarah Charow said...

I'm thankful for the good health of my family! My mom recently had to have an operation, and though everything went well (thank God!), it really made me worry. So now I try to remember how good life actually is!

Rose said...

What an enlightening moment you had. This past year has been crazy. My Sister in Law and her two children moved into our 600 sq ft 3 bedroom house. With her here there have been 3 adults 1 teen and 4 kids. There has been a lot of give and take to make it work but it has and when she moves out in a month or so I am going to miss her. I am thankful that I met my guy and that he has such a wonderful sister. she has made my life easier.

Mayberry Magpie said...

The world sends us helicopters, you know. I saw one the day I spent at the hospital recently, the day my sister lost her leg and I had an epiphany.

I'm thankful for a husband and children that love me and ground me. Truly nothing matters but them.

Diane said...

I'm thankful for my daughter's health. With all the stuff that traditionally happens with my asthma and other crap, having your child hit by a car tends to put things in perspective. As long as she's going to be okay, everything else can be fixed.

Jess said...

Your 2009 sounds quite a bit like my 2007/08. And I think your stories resonate so well with me, which is why I avidly follow your blog. (I do the same thing when I see a medical helicopter)

This year (and every year except ages 5-14), I'm thankful for my sister. Living halfway around the world, she's been my rock and I hers through some pretty rough times. We're each other's harshest critics and best friends all at the same time. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Nora said...

I'm thankful for the opportunity i've had to go back to school, and for a supportive family and friends who have been helping me along the way.

Amy said...

Ah, Krysta - you and I have had similar years. Still trying to sell our house, 2 major deaths in the family, and we're actually dealing with unemployment. It's VERY hard to keep perspective sometimes.

But, I am grateful that my kids and husband are healthy. I mean, HEALTHY - no mental conditions, no severe sickness, no life-threatening allergies, and no limbs missing. In the end, does anything else really matter?

I have a charmed life...and thanks for reminding me.

(I also have plenty of cookbooks! No need to enter me in the giveaway.)

Hailey said...

I am thankful for my healthy family. Without them, I would be nothing.
I am thankful that I have truly found my whole self. The best part? I am extememly happy with who I have become!
Happy Thanksgiving!

TKW said...

I am thankful for my feisty girls and wine. Which helps me deal with my feisty girls. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I think it's pretty obvious what I'm most thankful for this year--it should be arriving sometime in February.

Happy Thanksgiving, Krysta.

LilSis said...

When you lose loved ones and have major health scares, it definitely makes you stop and realize how fragile our lives really are and that everything can change in an instant.

With the added stresses of the economy and all that comes with that, when our future seems to be "up in the air", I just find myself thankful for each day.

I'm very thankful today and every day for our health, our children, and our three beautiful grandsons. Nothing else matters.

Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you and your family the best.

me again said...

I have been through the health scare thing and it was me flat on my back in the ICU, scaring my loved ones silly. Blood clots. In my lungs, both of 'em. Lots of clots, some big. I still don't know how I walked around for at least a month, unknowing, and didn't drop dead one day. I really don't. This was in 2004 and to say it gave me a whole new perspective is an understatement. I am so thankful to be HERE, in the present; I am thankful to the doctors and nurses who took care of me, who diagnosed my problem and went on to fix it. Without them......
I am also very thankful to have a wonderful husband and son who always make me feel special; as well, thankful for friends and extended family who are always there, always care.
Every day, in every hospital, somebody is getting bad news and it really makes one stop and think, that all our problems with plumbing and car repairs and even with finances pale in comparison to the problems of others. We are all truly blessed, we really are. So Happy Thanksgiving to you, Krysta, and all my other American friends (Thanksgiving here in Canada was in October) and one more thing...I am thankful for blogs like yours that are always worth visiting!
==lennie==

Familia said...

What wonderful Thanksgiving thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my wonderful husband and daughter who support me through my myriad of health crises. They are both just amazing.

Amy

Mandy said...

My family means everything to me. They are loving and supportive, I couldn't imagine a life without them.

Cali said...

hmmm... i'm thankful for the obvious reasons, ie, family, friends, health, etc. i'm also thankful for something new this year. i'm thankful for people like you, melissa, blythe, and megan. you all help me see things from different perspectives and that is truely amazing. so thank you! <3

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for a very supportive sister

Kristin said...

I think we all need those reminders.

I'm thankful for my kids & husband & cats & the rest of my family...especially my almost 4 week old niece.

Melissa said...

Love you Cali!

Krysta, I loved this so much. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I'm thankful for Steve most of all. I know it's cliche, but if I had to pick one thing outside myself, it would be him. He's my safe place, the one I can count on to understand me when no one else does. I am very, very blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving, love. Thank you for being a great friend. Oh... and I totally wouldn't mind having P-Dub's (HA!) cookbook. ;)

msdewberry said...

I am thankful to be sitting here in my warm, cozy house reading your post. Such moments come from all sorts of different places and people to show me that I am blessed with the life I have and the family/friends that I share it with. I couldn't ask for more.

Lisa said...

I am thankful for my healthy children.

tamilyn said...

Our 2005-2007 was your 2009. Job loss, death, cancer, cancer, near-death for a nephew on a dirt bike. Now this October we learned that my Father-in-law has, well, how can you really predict, but 9 to 16 months left with us. I'm thankful for a hubsand who kept his head high in spite of job loss, of two nephews who are still with us that might not have been, for memories of my beloved grandparents, and for one more day, each day, that we have my FIL in our lives. One of my closest friends is an Paramedic. Listening to her stories puts my life in perspective every time. Life is a gift every day, we just need to remember not to waste it.

To you Krysta-may 2010 be a much better year for you and your loved one.

Lynne said...

I work across the street from a children's hospital that has a helicopter pad, and whenever I am out walking (there is a park in the front of the hospital with a walking path) and complaining to my coworker about stupid office politics and a helicopter goes overhead we both stop and imagine our kid in there. And like you, we realize how very lucky we are. This year I have had a few scares of my own and I am just ridiculously thankful for my husband, who survived a near fatal incident two weeks ago. And our bright eyed, healthy child who fills our lives with joy. And wonderful blogs like yours. Thank you.