May First, yesterday, was my daughter's fifth birthday.
I am grateful to God for this birthday. Why? Because she could well have not made it. During August of 2005, she developed a syndrome called HUS. Her kidneys shut down and her blood got very dirty. Medically, she was close to death for many days. All of it was due to an e coli infection, an infection she got at the YMCA swimming pool.
The three weeks of the acute period of that illness were the longest weeks of my life. The longest nights, days, and hours. I prayed during that time, I prayed a lot. I prayed for healing, mainly. I was angry with God, I was upset. And I told him about it, over and over. I am thankful that he healed her, or allowed her to be healed, or however that works. Why other children die from this and my little girl walked away, I don't know.
Regardless, I am thankful. Thankful that its over, for sure. Thankful that we are on the other side. Thankful for the grandmothers who came and helped out. Thankful to my wife for all she did during that time. Thankful for my other daughter who was such a champ. Thankful for my church, that prayed and supported us. Thankful for the people all over the world who prayed for her and for us.
Most of all, I'm thankful for Five.