After the parade, we rode the subway home which was fun because it was completely jammed up with some of the 3.5 million people estimated to have been along the route. Once we got back to the room, we hurried back down to the St. Jude lunch with five other St. Jude families. After we ate, Ingram and the girls played with Helen, Mae, and Bailey in the hallway. It was fun watching them giggle and laugh on their own. Lunch was great, but it definitely wasn't the same as being at home with family.
After lunch, we came back and let Ingram take a nap before heading back out to go to the Rockefeller Center. However, a block from the hotel, Madison yelled out, "Hey look, it's Ingram!!" Sure enough, that little joker is on another billboard in Times Square. This one, however, is in the middle of Times Square. I sat there for over an hour trying to take pictures of the sign. Unfortunately, I figured out that the ad shows up every half-an hour.
Seeing the new sign made us a few minutes late for dinner and we never made it to the Rockefeller Center. We had a great time with the Tully family. The Tully's are from Latvia and their daughter, Helen, is five and is battling rhabdomyosarcoma. We had so much fun that I thought we might be asked to leave the restaurant at one point, but the little baldies always get a little more latitude thankfully!
As I reflected on Thanksgiving this morning, I thought about the things I am thankful for and figured I would share them.
First, I'm thankful that God loves us more than we can understand, and because of that we have reason for hope even in the middle of life's darkest days. I'm thankful that it hurts Him more for Ingram to hurt than it does me, which is hard to fathom.
Second, I'm thankful for God's grace, because no matter how much it seems like we have it all together on the outside, I don't and I need His grace every day.
Third, I'm thankful for my family and how strong they have all been, and how everyone has leaned on God for the past seven months.
Fourth, I'm thankful for all of our friends, and acquantances, who have been there at just the right time with just the right things to say or do. God has used these people in our lives to meet us right where we have been, every day since April 3rd.
Fifth, I'm thankful for St. Jude, for all of the people there who have dedicated their lives to saving children's lives, and for all of the people who have sacrificially given over the past 50 years to help fund this battle.
Last, I'm thankful for every day that I get to spend with the people I love. We've seen from so many of our friends this past year, not all of them children, that we never know how many days we have with each other. Don't ever get too busy to make memories!
|What a surprise!|
|Ready for some floats!|
|Yes, Madison is reading... a book she has already read once.|
|Here comes one of his favorites...|
|And here comes the Olympic gymnastics team.|
|Dismuke and McNally kids after lunch.|
|Dinner with the Tullys.|
|Still eating after everyone else is done!|
|Lindsey and Helen|
|Walking back with the Tullys|
|Ingram and Martin. Notice that the elevator has been scheduled for quite a few stops somehow!|