"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy, Happy, Happy!

Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Heart Day, Happy CHD Day and Happy Birthday, Grandma George!

Connie got his first haircut yesterday (thanks Cousin Laurie!). Now he looks like a little boy and not a baby anymore :(

Yesterday I delivered the valentine's that Celeste's class made to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital. Originally I was supposed to hand deliver them to each patient but as I was entering the unit, a patient was coding, getting put on ECMO (bypass)and the whole staff was in "emergency mode" and they closed the unit to all visitors. I was disappointed about not getting to see the reactions of the kids as they got their valentines, but even more so, it was very sad to see the reality of this disease. That could be Conway someday. It was someone else's child today. Thank God for the miracles who are beating CHD's. There are many who are not winning or who have lost the battle.

Here are a couple of recent pics. . .

Monday, February 11, 2008

More CHD Awareness

In honor of CHD Awareness Week, I feel it is my duty to try to nudge people to do whatever they can to raise awareness of CHD's. Who better to make something "big" in the media than OPRAH! If you feel so inclined, click this link and then request that she do a show about Congenital Heart Defects. Maybe if we flood her producers with requests, she'll consider it. If a celebrity or two got on board, funding would increase and lives would be saved.