This Thanksgiving is already incredibly different than last year's.
And while we're still here, missing you every day, Luke, this year we have so much to be thankful for. I'm so thankful that in just 2 weeks, our lives will change forever once again. That we'll finally meet your little sister.
I'm thankful for all our friends and family that have held us up this past year. For those that speak about you, and still remember you as part of our family. I hope that never changes.
And I'm so thankful that I've found some sort of healing this past 14 months. I'm thankful that I've been able to work through my grief to find joy in my life again. It hasn't been easy. And even though I can be happy again, I will always be missing you.
But I have hope right now. I'm not sure if you're pushing that down on me from wherever you are, but I'll take it. This pregnancy has been hard, but I'm surprised that I feel hope right now. That I feel that everything can and will be OK with Bowie. We have a plan. Our doctors' visits have gone amazingly well. And I truly believe that she will be OK.
I accept that the panic will probably set in soon. I have two weeks to go, but it makes me feel better knowing that we have a c-section scheduled already and everyone's as ready to go as can be.
But the one thing that I approach with...maybe not hesitation so much as just...trepidation...is seeing your sister's sweet face for the first time. I know I will be comparing it with yours. And I wish I could just accept her for being herself...but with you missing, I don't know how I won't.
And I fear that will make me miss you that much more.
But I will also be incredibly distracted. With everything I missed out on with you. And that worries me too. I never want to be so distracted that thoughts of you fall by the wayside.
So onto another chapter of figuring out how to live this new life. With your sister here with us, and you watching over us.