Friday 13th May 2011. A day that was hugely significant for us; a hospital appointment that would change our lives forever. Looking back, I recall it as a series of flashback moments. Walking into the hospital holding hubby’s hand, my legs shaking and a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.… Read more
Today’s 40acts challenge is to ‘bless the boss’ and one of the suggested challenges involves writing them a letter to say ‘thank you’. As I work part-time for my husband’s company, my hubby is also my boss and so for this month’s ‘Me and You’ post, I thought I would combine the two and reflect on the things that I am thankful for:
Thank you hubby for the big things:
- For being my rock and providing me with love, strength and support during all the dark and difficult moments we have gone through since the day we became heart parents.
God blesses us with many gifts
The birds, the bees, the moon, the sun
But one of the best gifts that He gave
Was the gift of you to be my mum
Now God knows mums are special things
So He created them with care
He gave big hearts to all the mums
So they’d have lots of love to share
Two shoulders strong to carry all
The cares and burdens of the day
Two soft lips filled with healing powers
To kiss the aches and pains away
Two eyes so kind and filled with all
The hopes and wisdom of the years
Two arms designed for giving hugs
To soothe away unhappy tears
I thank God each and every night
And I know that I’ve been very blessed
For of all the mums put on this earth
I think that you’re the very best!… Read more
The phone call came towards the end of November – we had a date for Jessica’s open-heart surgery. We had hoped that we might be able to have Christmas together first but it was not to be – the surgery was set for 14th December.
We couldn’t focus on the thought of Christmas – not with such a huge obstacle in the way of it all.… Read more
One of my favourite hymns is ‘Great is thy faithfulness’. It is written on the inside of my diary; the words helped me get through those difficult early days following Jessica’s diagnosis, her heart surgeries and the long days on PICU and the ward as she recovered. It continues to give me strength.… Read more
Joy, for me, is more than just being happy – it’s a much deeper emotion and I can honestly say that some of my most joyful moments have been during the most difficult times of my life.
My pregnancy with Jessica was an incredibly joyous time. This might sound strange given that we found out about her heart condition at 20 weeks and were told that the chances of her survival were extremely low, but despite all the heartache we experienced during that time, there was also joy.… Read more
This photo was taken two and a half years ago as my daughter Jessica recovered from an open-heart surgery known as the Glenn procedure.
The photo above was taken three years ago today – a precious moment with Jessica as we prepared for her to go to theatre for the second time since she was born. I remember it like it was yesterday – the anxious waiting, not wanting to leave her cot for a moment, wanting to spend as much time as we could with her and praying that all would be well.… Read more
My little miracle Jessica celebrated her third birthday at the weekend. It is amazing to look back and remember how bleak her prognosis was and here we are now, blessed with a beautiful 3 year old who is doing so well. Her birthday is also one of her heart days as she had her first open-heart surgery at just eight hours old.… Read more
My little miracle Jessica turns three tomorrow and so this week’s word of the week is:
- All the wonderful medical staff that have cared for Jessica since she was first diagnosed and especially to Dr Wilson and Mr Impey who performed the fetal surgery, and Mr Haw who performed her open-heart surgeries.