From One Mom’s Hopeful Heart to Another…

I posted about sweet Lauren and her wonderful mother, Kirsten, here. Kirsten and I stay in contact and in her most recent email she had this at the bottom….

“….. I would like to put something on your blog!!!

Happy Belated Mother’s Day Megan! Only a few weeks to go until you witness the greatest miracle of all…bringing life into this world. We as moms already know that the day you bring your first into the world will be the greatest of your life. We moms who have heart babies also know that it will be one of the scariest. HOWEVER, I say this to you from experience – you will appreciate the meaning of “life” more than most. The moment you found out you were pregnant the first thing you wanted to hear was that sweet pea’s heartbeat, now you pray for it to beat. I know this. I know that we can not predict the future, but we can TRUST in God’s plan. Its not the plan we may have chosen, but it is perfect none the less. You will hear the sweetest cry, see a precious face, and wonder. HOWEVER, I say this from experience – you will appreciate those moments more than most! Cherish them and every minute from that moment on. You will see Cohen go through surgery, you will see the scar, you will cry, you will hurt – HOWEVER, I say this from experience – you will cherish those moments as well. You will know that you have done EVERYTHING as a mother that you can do for your child. You chose the best medical care, turned your life upside down, and never for a minute looked back. You may have a rough and scary first year with Cohen, HOWEVER, I say this from experience – you will look back upon the year with a smile. You will look into his eyes and realize that while this first birthday is a huge milestone, it’s more of a celebration of life! Megan & Brent – your journey with Cohen is beginning. I pray for peace, comfort, and love to be with you during the next few months. I can promise you hope – God promises us we will never lose hope! We love you guys, we love Cohen! Take care!!!! Kirsten Hilsheimer & Family

Much love Megan!!!! Kirsten”

SO sweet! Thank you, Kirsten! You should have heard me trying to read that to Brent in the car. My tears had smiles with them though because the note is so sweet and real.

As a reminder to those reading, Kirsten has gone through a lot with her daughter, Lauren. She did it all with the same doctors we are about to the same location, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

This is Lauren after heart surgery..
Lauren today…

“Before I knew you I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” Jeremiah 1:4-5

I’m still working out a few details of the upcoming giveaway, stay tuned :)



  1. says

    I have been reading your blog since Cohen's diagnosis and I love that sweet boy and you! I am in Aw in your move to Dallas to find just the right Dr's. You are an awesome Mom!! I pray for Cohen's development and the hands, minds, and hearts of Cohen's Dr's and for Him to send a miracle. I live just a short 30 minutes away in Fort worth as a sahm to my 2 babies. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know, something as short as dropping off dinner to a lunch conversation i am here.
    You can find my blog here: (I haven't updated it in a while! Oops!)

  2. says

    Coming from another heart mom, she is absolutely right. You all are in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare to bring your sweet baby into this world! God is in control!

    "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us"

    Ephesians 3:20

  3. says

    omg that is so sweet! Yes I am crying at my desk. I think about you and Cohen everyday. You are soooo strong and a great mom!

  4. says

    Wow! This letter game me chills, made me smile and brought tears to my eyes. What a powerful message she gave you. I can't begin to imagine what you're going through, but I know you and Brent are going to be as ready as you can be. God bless.

  5. says

    how sweet and amazing!! :)
    lauren is a doll! i'm glad you have kristen to help you through this.
    i will never stop praying for baby cohen, you and brent. god is good!
    stay strong sweet girl!!

  6. says

    very well said…she is so right ! As the mom of a (now 5yr old) micro preemie we had the same expierence. Life is not the same,your marriage will not be the same…but it will all be better!

  7. says

    very awesome email. i am so happy that you've met so many people who have been through similar situations as yours and that you get to go through this with them. it's such a blessing to be surrounded by their love and encouragement. cohen is getting the best mom and dad possible for him. i love you guys! keep growing cohen!

  8. says

    Megan, I just wanted you to know you’re in my prayers every day. I pray for you, Brent, your family, and most of all Baby Cohen! I can’t help but cry almost every time I read your blog. It’s so humbling to see how after everything you're going thru how strong you stay. Your a inspiration for me and by the comments you get everyone else reading. I can’t wait to see pictures of his handsome face and continue to pray for a safe delivery and for the strongest heart for baby Cohen. He is surrounded with love and prayers and can’t wait to see what miracles God has in store for your family.

  9. says

    What a sweet letter. how wonderful that the Lord has placed them in your life's for this time. He is good and He has a plan, hold onto to hope and your faith. Praying, praying, praying sweet friend!!!

  10. says

    SO I'm pretty sure I bawled through the entire letter!!! I can't imagine how trying this time is, but I am SO thankful to know that you have someone that not only has been through the same thing, but has faith in God's plan for your life! I hope you hold onto it so tightly! Love to you sweet girl.

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