When I realized we would really be there through December 25th, I was sad feeling bad that Tenley wouldn't be able to spend Christmas morning waking up and running to the tree with Taryn... seeing what Santa had brought.
It still makes my heart ache a bit.
But..... there are some bonuses to this circumstance.
Every nurse and tech has told me nothing compares to Christmas time there. So far we have not been disappointed. Gifts come in all shapes and sizes every single day, carolers sing in the halls, fun trees are in every corner from the festival, ice sculptures, Santa has been a few times, the Jazz players and dancers came yesterday....
but what has really topped this list...
I am so glad I just happen to be with Tenley this afternoon. She has been in such a great mood these last few days. Playing, eating a bit, smiling, and giggling. I had just gotten her down for a nap without any struggle, so after she was sound asleep I went out into the hall and was going to head to the cafeteria to grab some lunch....
then I overheard the nurses saying something about "David Archuleta... yeah, down the hall... "
WAIT a minute... WHAT??!!
These past few days I have been listening to his Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert CD.
I can feel the spirit through his singing, and hearing the songs on that CD remind me why we are celebrating this time of year.
It has brought me comfort and peace as I drive back and forth from Primary's, listening to his beautiful pure voice. I honestly feel lifted up and ready to take on whatever challenge I will be faced with.
Sure enough he was down the hall in someones room, and the nurses were starting to crowd around waiting for him to come out. I instantly got super excited and nervous all at once. I truly love this guy. Ever since American Idol, I have always loved him. My mom and I even got last minute tickets to his concert a couple of years ago.
There is something about him that is so childlike and innocent. I love it... I can feel the pure love of Christ through his countenance.
Even more so now.
I told the nurses I wasn't sure if I should go wake up Tenley and have him visit her. One of the doctors that was checking on Tenley throughout the day came by and said, "well ya! you better wake her up!!" I told him if I went back in our room to wake her, he better darn well make sure he came to see us!
A couple minutes passed by and it was our turn. The lights were off, the blind was closed, and Tenley was slowly waking up and nuzzling into me. I told him about her story. I told him how much his voice inspires me and fills me with the spirit.
Then I asked him to sing my favorite song from the cd.
Silent Night. (take a minute to listen to this and you'll know why it is my favorite)
Purely Heaven sent.