Today I am thankful for my little nephew. I may not get to see you very often Matthew, but I am truly glad I get to be your Aunt. You are growing into a very handsome, loving little boy.
Today I am thankful for my sweet little niece. Isabella you are truly a blessing to this family. I have enjoyed watching you grow into the beautiful little girl that you are and I am so thankful that I will continue to get to see you grow up.
Today I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to travel Europe for 3 years. We got to see some amazing places and create memories that will last a lifetime.
One of our favorite trips—-Budapest
Today I am thankful for my stepmother. While we may not have always gotten along, you have made my dad happy and that is all that matters to me. I am thankful that you hung in there with 3 very stubborn girls. We love you!
Today I am thankful for my grandmother. You may not be on this Earth anymore, but I know you are watching over us from Heaven. I am thankful for the many years we got together and am super glad I always had someone to run to when I got scared. I miss you dearly.
Today I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to buy a home and the fact that our offer was accepted.
Today I am thankful for having a job that I enjoy for now. I know that may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is. I enjoy the people I work for and I do not wake up and dread going into work.
Today I am thankful that I am almost finished with getting my Bachelor’s. It has been a long time coming and I can not wait to have my degree and move on to getting my Master’s. I have truly loved everything about Psychology.
Today I am thankful for my two little furbabies. While they may get on my nerves some days, they for sure know how to make me smile. Life would not be the same without them.
Today I am thankful for my wonderful father in law and mother in law, Ken and Robyn. They took me in no questions asked and we were able to develop an amazing relationship because of it. I am forever thankful for all that they have done and continue to do for us.
Today I am thankful for my mother in law, Sandi. While we may not always see eye to eye, we are thankful for all that you do. Brody loves his Gigi.
Today I am thankful for our Aunt and Uncle, Faith and Tom. You guys have truly been there for us more times than I can count. We are forever thankful for you two and truly love the bond we have made with you both.
Today I am thankful for my new step father. I am so very thankful that God brought you into my mom’s life as you truly make her happy.
Today I am thankful for my 1st baby sister, Dusti. While life has not always been sunshine and rainbows with us and I would not want it any other way. As soon as you were brought into my life I knew that I would always have a friend in this world. There has never been a dull moment since you came into this world and you have made my life so much brighter. I am so thankful that I get to be your big sister.
Today I am thankful for my 2nd baby sister, Tabitha. Life was going along just fine with Dusti and I and then along came a little brown-haired baby girl who forever changed our lives. I have truly enjoyed watching you grow into the beautiful young lady that you are. God truly knew that Dusti and I needed you in our lives to help balance us out.
Today I am thankful for my 3rd baby sister, Haley. I can honestly say that you were a true blessing to our family of 3 girls already. You are growing into a beautiful young lady with such a big heart. I am enjoying watching every minute of you growing into who you are meant to be.
Today I am thankful for my 4th and final baby sister, Madison. You were our surprise that we never knew we needed. You are slowly growing into a beautiful young teenager(Happy Birthday today) who has such a loving and caring heart. I am beyond proud to be your big sister.
Today I am thankful that I got to have 15 loving years with my grandmother before God finally called her home. From that day I knew that I would always have a guardian angel watching over me. I am thankful that God allowed me to have those few years with her to learn what true love was all about. She taught me to always put others before myself. I am forever thankful that I got to call her mine.
Today I am thankful for my wonderful best friend. She was brought into my life at just the right moment 17 years ago and my life has not been the same since. She has been my rock on a number of occasions and I know that I can always count on her. She is the most loving, caring and beautiful person I know and I will forever be thankful for her amazing friendship.
Today I am thankful for my dad. While we may not always see eye to eye I am so very thankful that you are mine. While you may not have always supported some decisions in my life you believed in me and knew that I would make the right decision for myself.
Today I am thankful for my relationship with God because without Him nothing is possible. 1 John 4:19, “We love because he first loved us.” Without Him, I would not know what true love really is.
Today I am truly thankful for the love I get to experience with my wonderful husband. He does so much for Brody and I and always puts us before him. I am so thankful for all that he does for us. I have never felt more loved, safe, and respected. I love the small gestures he does to show me that he loves me even after 8 years of being married.
Today I am thankful for my little blue-eyed boy. Brody has truly been a blessing in our lives. He brings so much joy and light into our lives and always knows how to make us smile. God knew what He was doing when He allowed us to be his parents.
Today I am thankful for my loving mother. She taught me how to be a mother and showed me how to be strong. She showed me that sometimes we must put others before ourselves and that no matter what we must have respect for others. I will always be truly thankful for her.
Well, the beginning of the month has started as an exciting and stressful time in the Kirkley household. On the 1st, we took Brody to his neurology appt and she told us that his latest EEG was normal and because it has been 2 years since his last seizure, we can start weaning him off his medicine. If there are no seizures by the end of December then he will have outgrown his epilepsy. I am stressed because I do not want to watch him have another seizure ever. I would not wish that on anyone. I am also excited and who wouldn’t be; to say that someone they love has outgrown epilepsy is something people wish and pray for once they are on this side of things. Epilepsy is hard on everyone that is close to it. As a mom, knowing there is nothing you can do while your child is having a seizure is one of the worst feelings ever. As the patient, all the appts, needle pricks, EEG’s, and medicine can be scary especially if the patient is young. As for my child, he would not understand what had happened once he woke up after the seizure and I am sure that was scary for him. I remember the day Brody was diagnosed that I asked why us; why him? I silently cried until Brody went to sleep and then I cried myself to sleep laying beside him in the hospital room. I remember waking up multiple times that night just to check on him. I remember the many times after when he started running a fever, which is how his epilepsy started, and making him sleep in the bed with me and kicking my husband out on the couch or into Brody’s bed. I remember the week we came home from the hospital and making Brody sleep in the bed with us just so I could feel if he was going to have a seizure. I remember being the mom at the park and never letting him out of my sight. I know that we have until December to know anything, I can see that we are slowly seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that with God anything is possible. I also know that there needs to be a greater awareness for epilepsy as so many Americans suffer from it. We are almost on the second phase of the weaning, we were at 4 pills a day and are now at 3, soon to be 2. Here is a picture of us leaving the hospital hopefully for the last time for this reason.
1. Daniel. While not everyday has been sunshine and roses, he has always been that one person who could make me laugh. I love being able to cuddle up beside him and waking up next to him every morning.
2. Brody. This little boy has been such a ray of sunshine from the moment he entered our lives.
3. Coffee. I’m a straight up addict, people. I love waking up in the morning and pouring myself a cup of coffee as my daily ritual. It is usually best not to talk to me or expect me to do anything until I have had that cup of coffee either.
4. Nice long hot baths. I love being able to soak after a long day.
5. Young living Essential Oils. These little miracles in a bottle are amazing. I love the way almost all of them smell and I love the way I have been able to use them for certain things that I do not need medicine for anymore.
6. Rain. I love the way it sounds and the way it helps cool things down here in Alabama.
7. Receiving little surprises in the mail. When we are constantly getting bills or random trash in the mail it is always nice to have something else in the mail.
8. A good book. I love to curl up on the couch and read a good book.
9. A great wine. Who does not love wine?
10. My two fur babies. They have their moments but I would not trade either of them for the world.
Eight years ago on June 16th we made a promise to each other and said I DO through good times and bad for richer or poor.
The night before we got married I remember being a nervous wreck. I had no idea what the future would hold for us and niether did he but we knew one thing for sure, we were gonna do life together.
While no relationship is perfect and there will always be ups and downs our life together has opened my heart and mind to a whole new level of happiness, forgiveness, and true love.