Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day "365"...HAPPY BMT BIRTHDAY!




Happy One Year BMT Birthday Jeff! What a ride it has been! Jeff and I have spent a lot of time in reflection over the past couple of days. We have laughed, we have cried, but more than anything, we have been filled with gratitude! Gratitude for life, for health, for family, for our beautiful children, and for the help we have received both spiritually and physically over the past year. When Jeff's transplant coordinator told us we could plan on a year to a year and a half recovery time, I did not believe her. Really, could it take that long? The answer is...YES! It seems like only yesterday Jeff was lying in a hospital bed. I am amazed at how far he has come over the course of the year. He is still not the man I knew a few years back, but I see glimpses of that guy every now and again. He is back into riding horses, playing basketball every now and then, and my honey-do list! As his medications decrease, his energy level increases. As of the first of October, his blood levels were still not in the "normal" range, but they were finally "approaching." My kids LOVE being with him. He has had a rare opportunity to spend day in and day out with them during this recovery process. The relationship they have built is priceless and could not have been built any other way. I am so proud you, Jeff! Thanks for being a great example of enduring to the end! Keep fighting. Soon, this will be a CRAZY memory for all of us! :) You amaze me! Happy Birthday.

21 comments:

singinggoldielocks said...

Yea, yea, and Yeah!!!!!!! Congratulations Jeff!

Andrus Family said...

You forgot to mention what an amazing wife he has!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for letting us celebrate it with you!

KaNdRa and JaReD said...

I can't imagine what you have been through but I do know that you must be stronger for it! Next year will be even better.

Annie Nielson said...

Happy Birthday Jeff! You look great--keep up the good work :)

Kith--I think you should just keep going with this blog. OR, you should start a new one for you fam. Do it :)

Woodlands said...

Yea congratulations!!! You have been a great example to all of us. I agree with the Andrus Family you do have an amazing wife. We love you guys and we will see you next week!!

Alisha said...

I agree with Annie! You should either keep this blog going or make a new one for your family. Happy BMT Birthday!

Aleisha said...

YEAH!!! I am so glad to hear that things are going so good!! You two deserve it.

tiesha said...

Jeff & Kathryn, you guys are solid rocks! I am grateful for your example of endurance in the worst times. It was fun to see you at the Deerhunt. You seem like the same fun, loving guy you have always been Jeff. Love ya, Tiesha

Fireflyhex said...

way to go jeff, you are the greatest

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Stealth said...

I like it here...I think I will stay and read some more...

Robbin said...

I'm not sure how I ended up on your blog, but I have read many of your posts. I had a friend from church go through the same thing a couple of years ago as well. He is doing very well and I hope Jeff is doing just as well. Prayers for Jeff and the whole family.

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l-arginine said...

I wish you all the best, have a happy birthday.

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