This Thanksgiving finds us in Atlanta, a trip that wasn’t planned. On Tuesday, we had actually driven to Melissa’s mom’s house in Bryan, Texas, to spend the holiday with her mom and her sister’s family. Things don’t always go as planned though, and not long after we arrived, our daughter, Meagan, called to tell us that our new grandson, Max, had been moved into the pediatric intensive care unit at Emory Children’s Hospital in Decatur. Max had been in the hospital for a couple of days with a cold that turned out to be RSV, and although he had shown some signs of improvement, Max had a setback which put him in PICU.
Knowing we needed to be in Atlanta, on Wednesday morning, we packed our bags and returned to San Antonio, got our airline tickets and headed east. Uncle BB (Brien), drove there from Nashville, and thankfully Eric’s family was already in Atlanta for Thanksgiving, and was able to help care for our granddaughter, Lucy. Melissa and I arrived into Atlanta late Wednesday night, and after making a couple of stops to give hugs to our kids, we arrived at Mission Haven, where we will be staying for a month when we return in a few weeks (Thanks a bunch to the folks there for letting us stay for a few nights).
When we awoke this morning (Thanksgiving), Melissa had received a text from Meagan, saying Max had a good night. No, this Thanksgiving won’t go as originally planned, but we will be with those we love, and we will have much to be thankful for in our lives. Although Max remains hospitalized, he is receiving excellent care and is on the mend. We will continue to pray for his recovery. We are especially thankful for friends living all around the world, who have been praying for Max. Not only are prayers being heard from friends and family here, but also from friends like Dr. Joél in Mboyi, and Jeremy, a teenage boy, living at the Rivers of the World orphanage in Kinshasa, who’s Facebook message to Melissa yesterday, read, “Hello mother, how is our baby today? Is he fine?” We are strengthened and humbled by such love, and we also stop to remember them and the difficulties faced in their lives each day.
We are spending Thanksgiving with our kids and Eric’s family, and even though we didn’t plan it that way, everything fell into place at the last minute to allow us to get to where we needed to be. Yes, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and we are thankful for each of you, too.
Charles & Melissa