Sunday is always special for several reasons...this Sunday was even more special because it was Mary Clare's 1st Birthday party!! Mary Clare was also born with HLHS. Her precious parents, Mel and Kerri, chose to ask their guests to bring donations for the Annabelle Baskets in lieu of gifts (although, Mary Clare still racked up some great stuff). We are still totaling the checks and cash and have close to $1000 so far. Also, we received LOTS of blankets, socks, stuffed animals, bows, baskets, and more for the baskets. (By the way, my guest bedroom has been converted to an Annabelle Basket storage room and assembly line...so blessed!) We also got to spend time with Emerson, another HLHS baby girl who is 10 months old, and her family.
It was a complete joy to be there yesterday. Since we are being honest, it was a little hard and there are always the questions of "why couldn't my daughter be here and one day celebrate her first birthday, too?". But what is more imporant is that I know that my God is bigger than those questions and His ways are far beyond what my mind can grasp on this earth. For many reasons, some we may see glimpses of now and many that we are completely unaware of, He chose to give us another story to tell. For today and especially yesterday, I am thankful for the precious heart babies that I can hold and love and be reminded of the special bond between Annabelle and me. Thank you, Pennington Family, for sharing that special day with us!