Marshmallow Mondays

11.24.14, 6:17 AM
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Today’s post is to wish all of our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

This is by far our most thankful year to date. We continue to celebrate Ryan’s new life, and we remain so very grateful for the organ donor who made Ryan’s transplant possible. This individual donor has a permanent spot at the top of our thankful list. Every day, he motivates and inspires us to do everything we can to promote organ donor awareness. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family, especially during this holiday season.

We cannot talk about the transplant without talking about our entire transplant team, who are a phenomenal group of people that have taken exceptional care of us since the very beginning. These surgeons, doctors and nurses have become our extended family. They provide us with comfort, reassurance, guidance, and remarkable medical care.

We are also extremely thankful for all of our family, friends and neighbors who have helped us throughout this journey. Whether you’ve brought us a meal, watched our kids, stopped by to let Brooks out, donated to our transplant fund, cleaned, mowed our grass, etc, you have made our life more manageable and allowed us to focus on Ryan’s recovery, and we love you for it.

All that being said, it is clear that God led us to Kentucky for a reason, and this year our hearts are filled with thanks for His love, blessings, and the journey that He has placed us on. The light at the end of the tunnel becomes a little bit brighter every day.


We’ll be spending Thanksgiving at home as usual, and I’ll be cooking way more food than what we can eat, as usual.  This year we have a very special guest joining us… my Dad!  He arrived on Saturday afternoon and brought us all sorts of goodies from Pennsylvania – our favorite chocolate straight from Hershey, Grandma Wiest’s homemade spaghetti sauce, Cooper’s cheese, and apple dumplings from the Gratz Auction. He’s already painted one bathroom, and is working on a second while we are at Ryan’s appointment in Cincinnati today. Having him here right now means so much to us!

Enjoy your Turkey Day, friends!  We sure will.


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