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You all are very special.

There aren’t enough words to say what I’d like to say.

So, I’ll simply say “Thank you”.

There have been many folks who have helped us get to where we’re at.  I truly believe that without their help and support, we wouldn’t be here.

At the drop of a hat, moms from all over the world helped my family…and are still helping.

They adjusted schedules

They stood in for their friend in her family’s time of need.

Those who couldn’t come, helped in so many other ways.

Some made us laugh.

Some made us cry.

And they never quit.

Some brought their own kids and husbands with them, some left their kids and husbands at home.

They simply came.

Some stayed diligently by Anissa’s side, letting me spend some much needed time as a dad, when my heart was in an ICU room.

Some came and made my kids laugh, letting me spend some much needed time as a husband in that ICU room.

There were moms that were, moms that are, and moms that may be.

Each and every one of you was instrumental in helping our family.

For that, I thank you.

Then, there’s my mom.  She’s an amazing woman.  She’s an awesome grandma.

She had to stand in and be a mom again, 30 years later.

Play dates, car line, bumps and bruises, she had to do it all, and she did it quite well.

I know I don’t say it enough, but thanks mom!  Love ya!

Then, there’s my wife.

She too is an amazing woman.

She is what makes this family go.

Being without her for a few months was indescribable.

We’ve almost been home as long as we were apart.

Every day, she’s making progress.

Every day, we’re getting closer to being a complete family.

Every day, she inspires me.

8 Comments on “Moms”

  1. #1 Dawn
    on May 9th, 2010 at 11:31 pm


  2. #2 janice
    on May 10th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Peter, are you familiar with “adaptive yoga” for people with various kinds of disabilities? I see you have a place for that in Atlanta (see URL below). It seems to have enormous potential for giving enormous help. (Listen to the wonderful interview with paraplegic Matthew Sanford online at speakingoffaith.org.)


    Sending you my warmest best wishes,

  3. #3 ThePeachy1
    on May 10th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Being a mom and being a friend are luxury. Plus in a lot of instances, we were just trying ( however futile) to help repay all that Anissa has done for all of us, in real life, in parenting, in loss, in blog, and withing ourselves. Go Mayhew family. You all Rock !

  4. #4 Headless Mom
    on May 10th, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Happy Day, Anissa! (I forgot to say that on her post.)

    I hope you all had a great day-you deserve every happiness.

  5. #5 Kathy
    on May 10th, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Anissa! Cheers and prayers to continued success and you are truly loved by all.

  6. #6 Jessica
    on May 10th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I’m just glad Anissa is home. And you are still standing. Metaphorically speaking – I’m sure you aren’t standing all the time. That would be exhausting. 🙂 I think I need more coffee…

  7. #7 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]
    on May 10th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    You are both so welcome. Thank YOU for letting us all into your lives.

  8. #8 Missives From Suburbia
    on May 21st, 2010 at 1:03 am

    That’s what moms do. It’s so nice when people appreciate it, and this post was absolutely lovely.