1) My church family. The support they reached out to David and I while we're were going through Riley's hear surgery was nothing short of amazing and comforting.
2) My husband, David. There is not another person who supports my hopes and dreams like David so unselfishly. He puts his family first, and values his time with us. And he likes to have fun with us, sometimes he's a bigger kid than our kids.
3) My kids, Hannah and Riley. Hannah has the sweetest, most caring heart. It kind of amazes me because I don't see that in myself or David, at least not to the extent that Hannah has it. And Riley has amazed me with her recovery. She came through something so major so quickly. Less than 3 weeks out you would not know that she just had heart surgery.
4) My sister. Casey and I have always been close, even when we were younger. Don't get me wrong, we had the "mom, can't you get her to stop going in my stuff" fights but we have always been close. We don't look alike and we certainly don't act alike but over the years she has become so much more than a sister to me. I love her and miss her so much but am so happy for her.
5) The rest of my family, to include all the Cernock's. My mom and Art, for never failing to be there regardless of what is going on. My dad for being the strongest man I know, even if it drives me nuts most of the time. Amy and Tom for love and support that extends driving across half the country (practically) many times a year to be with us. Bob and Susan for dependability and help in times of need. And Bob specifically, for being an outlet for David. I could go on and on. Our family reached out to us this year in such a heartfelt, caring manner. I have no doubt that I could've called any one of you for help and our needs would have been met.
6) There's a handful of friends I call close. Those of you that know what I'm thinking and feeling when I'm not being honest about it. Thank you for being my checks and balances.
7) Elizabeth, my therapist. I've been seeing her consistently for a year, but overall for almost 2 years. She has helped me through the hardest times in my life. I believe that every breathing person could benefit from talking to a therapist. Who I am now is not the person I was year ago and a big part of that is her.
8) My home, the structure and the place. I complain about living in Fayetteville a lot but there are benefits to being here. I think it's pretty awesome, and convenient, that Michelle leaves less than 2 miles from me. Most of my family is within a 10 minutes drive. We're close to the beach. I see the community trying to evolve and it's neat to watch areas change and grow.
9) Our medical community. Our pediatrician for catching Riley's heart murmur within hours of her birth. This is VERY uncommon. Her cardiologist for the time he spent with David and I. The doctors and nurses at Duke (with the exception of one person). They saved my baby. And did an awesome job of it! The nurses in the PCICU were so caring. The whole experience was frightening but bearable because of the caring and attentive staff.