Monday, June 27, 2011

Just checked my mail...

I always like to check the mail, even though nohting really comes without a stamp that says "You're pre-approved!" but today there was a package waiting for me, and a huge envelope. Well I decided to open the envelope first, as it was from Mayo Clinic. Inside was a 17 page booklet, the first 2 pages were appointments that have been made for July 5th followed by 15 pages of instructions. My eyes were welling up as I moved on to the package,

The package had a return address of Cranio Care Bears, and of course I got excited. My wonderful new friend, Shelby, is a Cranio Advocate for them and told me a package would be coming. It couldn't have come at a better time. It was full of fun stuff- hats, slippers (for both me and Casey), flip flops, wisps, candy, hats, some toys, a super soft blanket and a journal...but what really got me was the beautiful prayer chain they sent.

Now some of you who know me well, know I am not a very religious person, but this moved me so much. Those tears that were welling up earlier were just coming out now. Beautiful and colorful, it is meant to hang from Casey's crib after surgery and there it will remain until we go home where it will find a place in Casey's nursery. It has advice from Cranio families, a little note from a young Cranio kid, and quotes that will stick with me forever, like "Some say I was born with a crooked head, but I like to it's where God kissed me instead" and "They say there is a smile waiting for you on the other side of sadness"...but it was the note from Shelby that said it all...

"Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do.
 But to hold it together when everyone else would understand
 if you fell apart, that's true strength"

Thank you Shelby Davidson and Thank you Cranio Care Bears... I hope someday I can repay the favor.

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