Things have been pretty busy around here. That can be a good thing most of the time and a not so good thing at times, too. For the past two weeks, it really has been more of the good than the no so good.
Two weekends ago, we travelled to Simpsonville for Elijah's First Birthday party! Elijah was beside Annabelle in the PCICU in February for a few days. We became good friends with Elijah's mommy and daddy and they graciously invited us to his party. On top of that, they asked all of his guests to bring donations for the Annabelle Baskets! We received some wonderful items for the baskets as well as monetary donations to insure the ministry continues! It was so wonderful...and Elijah definitely topped it all off by destroying his cake faster than anything I've ever seen. He was adorable trying to walk around with icing between his thighs! Precious!
Then, this past weekend we headed to our favorite southern destination, Charleston, for the Little Hearts Walk. I had a really hard time deciding if I wanted to go but finally made up my mind that I had planned on it for almost a year and that I was going to be there to honor my daughter. We first learned of the Little Hearts Walk last September shortly after learning of Annabelle's heart. Since there aren't many events that you look forward to when you're expecting a baby girl with half a heart, the walk sounded fun. It is a reunion of sorts for all the heart families and medical staff...we planned on it then. Being the optimist that I am, I had already gotten Annabelle the perfect outfit in a 6-9 month size to wear to her first Heart Walk with the most precious and most Annabelle heart bow that I could find. She was going to be dressed to the nines! Going without her wasn't a thought. I silently hoped that this weekend would never come. I definitely considered not going and just pretending that it didn't happen this year...any of it. But it all has happened and it has made me who I am now...a mother who still rejoices in the angelic daughter that spent almost 2 months with me on earth and has given me the courage to face every day with hope. We went and we walked and we loved it! Annabelle's presence was all around us...from the pink shirts to the precious people who cared for her as their own. It was a blessing to be surrounded by other heart moms who expressed their gratitude for this blog and the hope that it has given them. I am in awe of how God continues to work through our pain... Your warm hugs and friendly words mean more to me than I could ever try to express with words. I am humbled by them all and hold them so close.
Just as it has been good to be a little busy, it is scaring me a little talking about the busy season ahead of us. Wyatt was asking me last week when Halloween is (he remembers last year's festival at our church and is waiting patiently for sugar overload). I then told him that it's in a month...so the curious mind of a 4 year old continues "what's a month after Halloween?"..."what's a month after Thanksgiving?"..."what's a month after Christmas?"...Annabelle's 1st Birthday...
Please pray for the busy-ness to be balanced...it has been for the past two weeks.