🖐🏼 MONTHS

HAPPY FIVE MONTHS, my sweet Teddy Bear.  You have overcome more in five months than most people do in a lifetime.  When I look at you, I see the ‘fierce’ in your twinkling eyes… I see the ‘determination’ in your pursed lips. I see the ‘courage’ in your healing scars. But most of all, IContinue reading “🖐🏼 MONTHS”

I AM THE PASSENGER 🚗

Is anyone guilty of being a “backseat driver”?   Michael and I are about to depart on trip number 18 down to Pittsburgh; if you are counting “there and back”, that’s actually 36 different 4-hour windows of time where I’ve had the opportunity to be ‘that someone’ who provides unwanted driving advice… We’ve all commented atContinue reading “I AM THE PASSENGER 🚗”

NO CRIB FOR A BED 🛏

This holiday season has been exceptionally hard. The normal stress that is induced by trying to purchase perfect gifts for practically every person you know, chasing down local Santas for one quick picture, and decorating the house just enough to foster a ‘magical environment’ for your child was exponentially multiplied by more serious factors thatContinue reading “NO CRIB FOR A BED 🛏”

💯DAYS!

We’ve officially hit “triple digits”… 100 DAYS IN PITTSBURGH’S CARDIAC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT‼️ Grateful for how far we’ve come… Hopeful for how far we’ll go… -️ Momma Bear, Praying Isaiah 53:5  #FallingRightSideUp TEDDY BEAR PRAYER : Sometimes my heart is quiet…and that’s okay.  Sometimes the prayers that carry the fewest words are the most powerful. God knows ourContinue reading “💯DAYS!”

LEFTOVERS 🍗

Who doesn’t love leftovers? Some would even argue that the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers… Everyone looks forward to them; they lighten the burden of future meal preparation and can instantly turn lunch hour into “happy hour” at work!  Nothing beats the convenience of tossing a previously well-cooked meal into the microwave for a fewContinue reading “LEFTOVERS 🍗”

LOVE GROWS. 🌱

Do you know how much I love this precious little child of God?  I have been smoochin’ his precious little cheeks through many scary transitions over the past five days.  I could not be more proud of my Theodore and how far he has come thanks to his incredibly strong will to fight! He hasContinue reading “LOVE GROWS. 🌱”

OPEN HEART SURGERY #2

Twas’ the night before surgery… when all through Mom’s mind, many thoughts were stirring, none two of a kind…  Sometimes it feels like I am drowning in my own thoughts; so many thoughts, like millions of water droplets compiling together, creating one big raging sea.  In the midst of negative speculations and unfavorable odds, IContinue reading “OPEN HEART SURGERY #2”

WAITING FOR OUR RAINBOW…🌈

If I’ve learned anything through this journey, it’s the fragility of life. These pictures are only a week old, yet our current situation depicts nothing close to the care-free playfulness of silly unicorns and an adorable rainbow… But anyone who knows our daughter MacKenna, knows very well that ‘unicorns’ are her current obsession.  And anyone whoContinue reading “WAITING FOR OUR RAINBOW…🌈”

YOU & ME TOGETHER, WE CAN DO ANYTHING…

Yesterday marked 14 years together; 7 of which we’ve been married!  October 28th has always held a special place in my heart because it was the day where it all began.  Our wedding anniversary on July 28th would not exist if we didn’t take the chance on each other 14 years ago on October 28th!  So inContinue reading “YOU & ME TOGETHER, WE CAN DO ANYTHING…”

“DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP”

This statement is dangerous.  I’ve been on both ends of it; I’ve personally said: “I’m not getting my hopes up“, and I’ve told others: “don’t get your hopes up!“.  But who am I to steal someone’s hope?  Better yet, why would I want to rob myself of hope? Hope is the confident expectation of what God hasContinue reading ““DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP””