Monday, October 26, 2009

THANKSGIVING came early this YEAR

Autumn is definitely my favorite season, especially Halloween, but this year we skipped right to Thanksgiving. There is nothing I love more than caramel apples and caramel corn, little pumpkins decorating the table and of course the feast (the picture is from a few years ago but sums up the holiday at our house pretty well.) Anyway, it came early this year because of the blessings we have experienced during the past week...a direct result of our dear family and friends!

It has come in all forms: prayers, blessings, emails, text messages, dinners, phone calls, flowers, favorite treats, visits, immediate answers to prayers, capable doctors, kind nurses, modern technology, and most of all loving and supportive family and friends. We couldn't make it without you and can't let this time go by without a sincere (well as sincere as a blog post can be) and heartfelt "thanks" for your many kindnesses on our behalf.

Thanksgiving also has a new and special meaning for me because this year I have Jon! The past week he has literally done it all, including making it from our apartment on main street Park City to LDS hospital in Salt Lake City in a record 23 minutes (and this particular time down Parley's Canyon every minute really counted!) His job description has not only included his normal responsibilities, but everything from cooking and cleaning to staying up all night just to make sure I get my pain medication right on time, to just being a listening ear as I have expressed my thoughts and feelings after an eventful few days. Jon has sustained me completely and continues to do so as we navigate this new path, and for that my gratitude continues to grow.

I am more thankful today than I thought I could be, not that it has been easy or that I would ever choose to repeat this experience, but I know and truly feel blessed because of so many of you and for that we will celebrate Thanksgiving early in 2009!

*Jon's brother Dan came to visit in the hospital and in honor of the chemo treatment I received earlier in the week he bought all the 50% off "breast cancer" apparel he could find! I am not posting this picture because it is a great one of me (turns out surgery will do that to you, or at least that is what I am telling myself!), but it sure did make us smile & laugh -- thanks Dan!
*Adding to our Thanksgiving, our parents! This was taken the first full day home and as she has always been my Mom is with me every step of the way, holding my hand just to make it easier. You may notice the "big gulp" on the side -- I hear they really improve healing and add to a fast recovery!


  1. wow. sure do love you both. what an amazing couple you are. thank you for sharing-could not be more impressed or grateful for you in my life.

  2. Meine Mo ~ (and Jon:))

    Oh Friend! What an eventful birthday and few weeks! Hope you know how much I love you and am grateful for you as a friend! You are definitely in my prayers!


    And ... I did notice the big gulp before I read what you wrote! Love you Meine Mo!

  3. Meine MERS! How could i get better without Diet Coke! Hope you know what your frienship means to me (and jon and boomer too). You have alway sbeen there for me and continue to be a constant source of goodness in my lofe and i can't thank you enough. Looking forward to seeing you soon and celebrating many october bdays! xoxo - mo

  4. Hey McCall. I stumbled upon your blog the other day to find all these recent posts. Although I don't know exactly what is going on and I know it has been a long time since we have talked, I wanted to let you know that you are constantly in my thoughts. The strength you two have in each other, in life, and in this situation is totally transmitted in each post. Thanks for sharing and know my thoughts are with you and your family.. Erin Fuchs (from the good ole' soccer days in back by the goal together :) )