at this time last year we had handed our precious baby boy over to the surgeon at TCH for heart surgery. We were huddled as a family in the family center at TCH. The support of family and friends in that room was apparent and I am truly grateful. I must admit somedays it seems like years ago, other days it is hard to believe a year has past. Parker has accomplished so much in the last year, he is a different boy than he was last year. He's walking (running), talking, and getting into all kinds of typical 2 yr old trouble. I don't reflect often on the surgery aside from touching his scar and praising God for His goodness. I don't let my mind wander when I hear about families that were not as blessed as we were during surgery. I don't spend time dwelling on "what if he needs another surgery" after talking to other friends who find out their kids need more OHS later in life unexpectedly either. A dear friend is in the hospital in critical care ICU faced with the possibility of a heart transplant so this last week I have thought of Parker's surgery more than usual. Her arrival to the hospital was totally unexpected, the result of a massive heart attack. It reminds me that none of our days are promised, God is the only one that knows what lies ahead. He expects us to remember that this is not our home, that our home is in heaven and we should not measure by the world's standards. I must admit our summer has been busier than ever and many days I find myself forgetting just this. Today, please join me in celebrating God's goodness, His favor on our family, and our precious son Parker who gives us such great joy!! To God be the glory!
Phillipians 1:9 "And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God."
"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 Our unexpected journey with Down syndrome, babies with heart conditions, T21, and AVSD.
Lara, 40 year old wife to Michael (married 17 years, best years of my life)! Mom to 4 wonderful kids! Taylor, 11, Mallory, 8, Madeline, 6, and Parker born 5/23/09. We found out after delivery Parker has Down syndrome and a complete AVSD. He was scheduled to have open heart surgery at 4-6months, but God intervened! His surgery was postponed until July 2010 and God healed his VSD hole in the process. So, on July 20, 2010, Parker had open heart surgery to repair his transitional AV canal defect. He was in ICU for less than 24hours and home in 72 hours. We never looked back! I own an Executive Search Firm focused on Accounting/Financial placement (used to work in Big 4). Actively involved in my kids activites and school; all are competitive swimmers and son Taylor plays tournament baseball. Girls do tumbling as well. Avid runner and boot camp fanatic. Used to be a competitive figure skater growing up. LOVE to shop, ebay/etsy crazed, addicted to Starbucks non-fat lattes, a child of the KING, thankful that we are saved by faith and grace!