Surrounded by Love

Friends, you all continually amaze me.

You have given to our family in so many ways, time and time again. It is truly humbling to be given so many gifts that could never be repaid, to be surprised by generosity over and over. So often I think “we must have exhausted our support base by now” only to find you all turning around to give again. Sometimes I worry that our needs will be so long standing that people will tire of hearing about them eventually. I worry that people will grow weary of hearing from us.

Today I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. We chatted casually for about an hour. She asked about Sage and Bryan. In the course of the conversation some needs were shared, a new medical bill for Bryan, a new prescription insurance won’t cover for Sage. We talked about the kinds of needs Sage might have throughout the rest of her life and on into adulthood. She mentioned setting up college funds for kids and only half joking I said Thad would have to pay for his own college because all of our funds will most likely go towards Sage’s care.

By the time I got home she had set up a GiveForward account for us. It feels like it’s for an exorbitant amount of money to me.

I know there are so many other people with needs far more pressing than ours. I know that there are others more deserving of your financing, and my heart breaks for them. We have been so blessed to have good insurance and good family around us to help when needs arise. I think often of those who don’t have that. Medical expenses add up so quickly even with good insurance, even with a stable income, and family support. I can’t imagine not having those things. I feel like I should tell you to go find someone who doesn’t have those things and give to them first, and then if you want to come back and give to us we would be so deeply grateful.

I know though that generosity pours out of love, and love comes most quickly for those you know in some way, those you’ve journeyed with in some form. We are blessed and grateful to be surrounded by love.

We are so deeply and continually grateful for the love you all have already shown us. It feels like more than enough. It feels like more than we could ever repay. It has been and is overwhelming grace towards us. Your generosity has multiple times humbled us as it replaces fear with gratitude and desire with thankfulness. Thank you.

We are and ever will be gratefully yours.

Rejoicing in the journey, Bethany