2011 was a year of miracles and a year of change for me for which I am so blessed and grateful. Following is just a short list of things I am thankful for to remind me on the hard days to have a better attitude because I am truly blessed beyond measure.
1. Family. Without my family I wouldn't and I couldn't have done so many of the things that I accomplished this year. A special shout out to my parents who I owe so much and I can't even begin to express the impact they have had on my life. I don't know where I would be without their kindness, patience, love and devotion. I especially want to thank my Mom who has been my rock and my support the last few years as I've battled the 2nd round of kidney failure. I always knew that my mom loved me but I think this year I finally got it. I understood that she would literally do anything for me. She stayed up all night the day of my transplant and stayed even longer. I am pretty sure my Dad didn't get a lot of sleep either. I love you both. Thanks also to my siblings and their husbands and fiancee. I couldn't have done another transplant without you. Seriously. I love you to the moon and back.
2. Friends. I have so many friends to thank and I don't want to thank anyone by name because you are all special to me. You enrich my life in ways that I can't repay you. Vanessa especially has been there for and with me to hell and back these past two years. I couldn't have done it with out. Thanks for being there...and being there...and being there. Thanks for staying all night during the transplant when I know you need your beauty sleep. You are my 3rd sister and I love you.
3. The Gospel. Teaching Seminary this year has helped my understand of the gospel grow in ways that it hasn't before. I learn so much more than I could ever teach to my sleepy students. But it is such a blessing to me to be able to study myself and gain new understanding. I am so grateful to know that Heavenly Father loves and knows me. And that His Son died for me so I could live with them and with my Family forever. Its very comforting and when you have faced death multiple times it only becomes more cemented in your mind that you want to live so you can be with them.
4. My Health. I am so, so blessed that a family, in their hour of pain and suffering, allowed one of their mother's kidneys to be given to me. I feel so much better than I did and I have so much more energy. I was even out raking leaves today. (Granted it was 65 here) I can do the things I want and I am looking forward to doing more. I am trying every day to take care of this gift and to remember exactly what it was..a gift.
5. Passing the AAPC exam with an 88%. AAPC is the Academy of Professional Coders and the test was 150 questions and was 5 hours and 40 minutes long. Coders do much of the behind the scenes work in a doctors office. There is more to it than that but I won't bore you with the details.
2011 was a great year and I expect 2012 to be even better.
I hope that everyone out there in blog land will think about their blessings from 2011 and reflect on how they changed you. I know that mine changed me and I am beyond blessed for it.
Happy New Year!