Well since it was just Thanksgiving weekend I thought I would do a post on what I have to be thankful for this year.

First, my husband! YES, I can finally say “husband”! He is amazing and would do anything for me and anything for A. He tells me AT LEAST once a day (and everyday-no joke) how beautiful I am and how much he loves me. He understands that although my life seems to revolve around just A that I love him just as much as he loves me. A relationship will always change when you bring a child into this world. A relationship changes even more when you bring a preemie into this world. And it changes even more when you bring a special needs child into the equation. But throughout our ordeal and A’s approximate 371 days in hospital we have held on. We have overcome SO much that many probably would not have been able to. Did you know the divorce rate for families that have special needs children is about 85%? But instead of not being able to work things out we did the opposite and got married!!!! Sunday August 17th 2008….one of the greatest days of my life!

A. WOW what this child has brought into my life is just amazing! He has been a fighter his entire life and that has not changed. He struggles with things every single day. He endures many painful, uncomfortable procedures but yet he still smiles. He is SO happy that I sometimes forget how hard life is for him. A is the most determined child that I know. He definitely knows what he wants and he is always trying to GET what he wants. Or DO what he wants.

I know that we all don’t know what life holds for my little man, but one thing is for sure….he enjoys life every single day! It is very hard for me to think of the future and not get worried and scared but his smiles, his love, JUST HIM take those fears away most days.

My family. My parents are amazing. They have done everything and anything for me. They have always supported me 100% and believed in me.

My brother and sister.


My inlaws.

My new sister.

My extended family.

My wonderful friends who I do not see enough of!

All in all, an amazing life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 responses

  1. ladydianne

    Hi Shannon, Jeff & AshtonWow, no words describe what you wrote. How are you feeling? Oh God, I am so happy to be your friend. It was so much fun to lead the way at the hockey game so that my mom could push Ashton around. Please come to my house and visit anytime, I love Ashton.Hope to see you guys at another hockey game soon!love Sean

    October 15, 2008 at 5:18 pm

  2. Miracles

    Shannon it was a very beautiful and special day for everyone. Even more special having Ashton there and such a BIG part of it. Hope to see you all soon.

    October 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm

  3. Vickie

    Great post. I was just thinking today how blessed we truly are. Your wedding was beautiful, and no words could express how much we appreciated you allowing us to be part of it, in such a special way. And Sean if you are reading this a HUGE THANK YOU to you and your mom for helping us with the wagon, you really saved the day! You are both fabulous people! I’m glad to hear all is well, and hopefully we’ll catch up soon.

    October 17, 2008 at 1:50 am

  4. Nathali

    Congratulations!! You look so beautiful!!!!! I wish you a wonderful life together with your two awesome men!!!

    October 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm

  5. Nathali

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You look soooo beautiful!!! I wish you a wonderful life together with your two amazing men!!!

    October 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm

  6. Andrea/David

    great post, it makes my heart smile because this is one of the most happiest post i´ve ever read of your blog! it is so filled with warmth and power and love! shannon, this is the reason why Ashton is so happy, cause his Mommy try to never give up hope! Go on, stay that positive!hugsAndrea with David

    October 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

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