Thank You

In addition to abiding love, friendship, and support, I/we have received and continue to receive many gifts and favors. I am not able to acknowledge every item or occasion, much less send thank you notes, as is my preference. Please know that I notice every one and they give me, and often by extension the whole family, comfort - as I hope they do you. So I'd just like to issue a blanket, perpetual, resounding THANK YOU for every single one -- which I absolutely receive as acts of loving kindness and compassion.

Thank you for the cards. Thank you for checking in and staying connected with emails, texts,  and phone calls.   Thank you for the flowers, the plants, even the terrarium ;)  Thank you for the books, the articles, the references, the contact names. Thank you for the music -- the CDs, the songs, the harpist! Thank you for the food. Thank you for the recipes, the "love soup," the fruit, the treats, the desserts. Thank you for the meals at your house, the ready-made meals, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner out. Thank you for the pedicure. Thank you for the massages. Thank you for the hats and scarves and bathing caps and haircuts and wig support. Thank you for the silly care package items that managed to anticipate a lot of needs. Thank you for the hosting, for the time away. Thank you for the rides, the kid coverage, the babysitting. Thank you for the walks, runs, stairs, bike rides and hikes. Thank you for the visits. Thank you for the conversations, the time, the listening.

Actually this all sounds a bit like our normal, blessed life. It's just way amplified. THANK YOU.


  1. Thank YOU for being open and feeling safe enough to share your journey with us. We all get to grow and love more and more and more. love Kathy and Joanie

  2. Betsy,
    I bumped into Anne today - who told me about your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.
    Sending lots of love,
    Elise (Hanser) Kingman