With An Open Heart

I have an amazing friend who I met in person in China while I was adopting Cate.  Lisa and her husband, Jimmy, became fast friends to Cam, Cate and I.  But, while we were in China, I purposely didn’t explain to Cam the background of exactly how I had come to know Lisa.  You see,…

Driving Miss Tessie (Her Wish: Days One and Two).

Dear Tess, we left for your wish a little less than 48 hours ago.  I’m going to try to chronicle everything about this week for you, as a little ‘thank you’ to you for allowing me to be a part of all of this.  It’s a nearly 20 hour drive from where we live to…

With No Expectations, We Rise.

This week, on Cate’s one year Famiversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about those first few days with our girl, and what we did to prepare for them.  Cate was living in an awesome medical foster home because of her eye tumor.  They were providing so much more than just eye care.  She was being…

It’s All Unicorns and Rainbows.

Today, Tess was seen in Cardiology Clinic for her first imaging post-op.  She had x-rays, an Echocardiogram and then an check-up with her surgery team.  There were some concerns about Tess’s mitral valve.  It was damaged during surgery which caused her to need a second run of bypass and prolonged her surgery by a few…

A First to Trump all Firsts.

This week, we celebrated the first bell of 2015, commonly known as the first day of school.  Moms all over the world, we weep and rejoice all at once, right?  We sent them back in a staggered pattern, elementary school and our newly minted 6th grader, then 7th and 8th graders. Then, finally, we sent…

Run 4 Tess.

After Tess’ last heart surgery, and all the stuff that occurred during it, I had a little trouble coming back to reality.  She struggled with a little bit of PTSD, and it turns out, I did too.  Being a nurse, I’m always pretty upfront about struggles with the emotional stuff that comes after a trauma….

A Heart Full of ‘What Ifs.”

In May of 2014, in an attempt to search out the very best answers for Tess, I took her to Boston to see another surgeon who is counted as among the best of the best when it comes to kids and their broken hearts.  The team at Boston Children’s is amazing, and we were given…

Three Months, How Far We’ve Come.

Three months ago today I was pacing a waiting room at a hospital 90 miles from where I’m comfortably sitting now.  At zero-dark-thirty that morning, we had handed Tess over to a much trusted surgeon for her second open heart surgery.  We had been waiting for hours, thinking her surgery would be over soon, only…

Tess and her Unicorn Babies.

Tess has a very important Cardiology appointment on Friday.  We didn’t make the last one because she started throwing up the morning of the appointment.  Not because of illness, but because she’s so scared.  I am sick about that.  We rescheduled the appointment and took a break.  She’s had a break from doctors visits, checkups,…

Learning To Be A Kid: Life After a Broken Heart.

This girl was up 12 times last night.  She laid in her bed sweating and crying with no explanation as to why she was upset.  I can guess, but I don’t know.  I went in, I went out.  I went in again.  We diffuse essential oils.  We play soft music.  She has night lights and…

A Warrior’s Return.

Yesterday, our Dolly returned triumphantly to her yoga class.   If you followed Dolly’s long and winding recovery, you know that there were two things she talked about consistently as she healed.  1.  Returning to yuga and 2. Riding a horse. She did it up yesterday, checking item one off of her list.  Stay tuned…

Summer is Made of…

Corn on the cob. Hot dogs on the grill. And miracle girls. –FullPlateMom, who plans to soak it all up.