For the past two days, while you have been resting, recovering and making remarkable progress I have been in Orlando for the yearly teacher's convention us CENRALERS attend. ACSI, the intials which stand for something significant and you having been a parent of students at "our" school would remember and of course laugh at my consistent inability to recall details that I find insignificant, was filled with great speakers this year.
Some how this year, at Mouse MECA, I found myself struggling to pay attention to 10 hours of quality information and balance that against my inability to access information regarding you. LImited cell service, and my slow phone combined to cause much added stress. Jennifer and Sandi were great to keep me informed and calm. Natalie, another one of your amazing friends whom I long to meet, has been invaluable at posting information for Jennifer in turn to distribute. There was a simple peace with unexplainable warmth as I was able to share your story with those I encountered. One particular post, the "she shook her head yes" that caused me to release a completely unexpected scream...in the middle of a room filled with a 100 people I had yet to meet. The bonus in this is the conversation segway created! :D
Jennifer posted a link, which I am sure you will be utterly suprised to know I now have figured out how to do, to a news story featuring you and your blog, family history, but more amazingly the way the social networks have enabled you to touch people around the globe. I smile when I think of everything YOU and how that person has been given the skills, personality, and format to reach people from not only all walks of life, but also every corner of the globe.
Tomorrow much of my THANKFULNESS will be for you. Not just you the friend Anissa, but your victories, the lessons you share, the determination you spread, the love you and Pete have, and the God you worship. Tomorrow I will continue to thank God for you; the one I am blessed to know and call friend Anissa!~greenaker