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  1. Dear Jackie, you are a wonderfully gifted artist with words. We are so very grateful for your beautiful awareness and expression of all that is precious in life, and grateful, too, that you can find so much good within all that is so hard. Of course dark thoughts will find you, take your focus away from the “now”, and you will begin to write a script that we would all rather label the unthinkable. When that begins to happen, perhaps there will be times when you can just witness it and say to yourself, there you go, getting creative in a dark way, the curse of the creative mind!! Perhaps there will be times when you can also say to yourself, let’s just change the channel this time to something much brighter! Let’s write a different script. Maybe this will work for you rarely or not at all. Maybe you are already trying or doing this. I feel horribly presumptuous to offer any such suggestion Jackie, forgive me please, but I offer this with love, and support and prayers for your continued strength. And constant prayers for Ana, and the rest of your family and team! Thank you again for ALL of your heartfelt sharing! You are amazing!!! Bless you with love and light. xoxox Bonnie

  2. For what it’s worth, and I know that it’s not worth a whole heck of a lot, your story has made me appreciate the little things a whole heck of a lot more. I’ve always been pretty cognizant of the little things in life, but thinking of what you are going through has made me want to spend every available minute building some special memory with the kiddos because you just never know what tomorrow will bring. Often times it ends up exactly like you describe with the harvest moon, the kids don’t care, Shawn is distracted, but even that is somehow beautiful. It may not have ended the way you planned but you will remember that harvest moon forever. I pray that looking back you will remember it as a turning point in Ana’s care, the time that things were changing for the better. I think of you often.

  3. This is lovely, Jackie. My husband and I have been in England these past five days, and while the moon here hasn’t exactly qualified as a harvest one, it’s been full and bright, as our days have been spending them with family whom we see far too infrequently. Your prose reminded me how precious these moments are, and how important it is to cherish them. Good luck to you today getting Ana back home! And enjoy these next two weeks of precious family time.

  4. So looking forward to the day when you are together at home again, even if only for a short time. We all miss seeing you together. Take care and love to you all in this transition time, Mary-Ann

  5. I’m so happy Anna is coming home! I wanted to thank you because I have been very aware of our family moments.
    I feel bad now that I didn’t even KNOW about the harvest moon.

  6. even without unforeseen events, life is so horribly hectic. sometimes it’s hard not to get swept away and caught up with what is really not so important. it is those special moments all strung together that give us the true value of our lives. not just you, jackie, all of us would benefit greatly if we could slow down for a while and take the time to really love our families and friends. the doctors are optimistic, ana feels better, this harvest moon may very well be the first of many more to come.

  7. This is beautiful, Jackie, and thank you for the reminder for every one of us. I love the image of the four of you looking at the moon. I remember when Ana wrote her moon journal, and she brought the journal over to Grandma Janne’s and my house during an overnight. She went outside in the yard to look at the moon and write about it. So precious! That was one of those moments. One of her verses especially just made us shake our heads in wonder, like “how did this little girl write THAT?!”

    She’ll keep writing songs and creating poems and drawing. And someday as an adult — I feel and pray — Ana will look over this writing and feel its love. It’s so understandable to feel afraid, too. Know that in your fears you will be sustained by this ever-widening circle, and by family and friends who love you dearly. And Jim will be there with you as you all four are home. ALL FOUR ARE HOME — yay!

  8. Beautiful post Jackie. Thank you for reminding us all to keep remembering what is important every single day. That can be so hard sometimes. It really seems like things are heading in the right direction for Ana, but of course you are scared. Who wouldn’t be. Try to take it one day, one hour, one moment at a time if you need to when the fears become overwhelming. Keep writing. xoxoxoxo

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